Leveraging Project Management


in Workplace Health Promotion



By Rudi T. de Koker

South Africa


Workplace health promotion has emerged as a critical area of focus for organisations seeking to enhance employee well-being and improve productivity. The effective implementation of health promotion initiatives requires a systematic and coordinated approach. In this advisory article, we explore the potential of project management principles in driving successful workplace health promotion programs. Drawing insights from a case study conducted in the clothing and textiles industry in South Africa, we shed light on employee perceptions of downstream outcomes and highlight the value of project management in this context.

The significance of Workplace Health Promotion

In recent years, organisations worldwide have recognised the importance of investing in employee health and well-being. Workplace health promotion programs not only contribute to a healthier workforce but also yield numerous benefits for both employees and employers. These include increased job satisfaction, reduced absenteeism, improved morale, enhanced productivity, and lower healthcare costs. However, implementing health promotion initiatives in the workplace requires careful planning, execution, and evaluation.

Understanding Downstream Outcomes: To gain insights into the downstream outcomes of health promotion initiatives, a case study was conducted in the clothing and textiles industry in South Africa. The study aimed to assess employee perceptions regarding the impact of workplace health promotion on their overall well-being and work-related outcomes. The findings revealed several positive downstream outcomes, such as improved physical and mental health, increased job satisfaction, greater work engagement, and reduced stress levels.

The Role of Project Management

Project management principles offer a structured framework for planning, organising, and implementing complex endeavours. Applying these principles to workplace health promotion can significantly enhance the chances of success. Here are some ways project management can leverage health promotion initiatives:

  1. Needs Assessment and Program Design: Before launching a health promotion program, it is crucial to conduct a thorough needs assessment. Project management principles can guide organisations in conducting surveys, focus groups, and data analysis to identify the specific health needs and priorities of employees. This information serves as the foundation for designing targeted interventions that address the identified health issues effectively.
  1. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Project management emphasises the importance of collaboration across different disciplines. In the context of workplace health promotion, this means involving various stakeholders, such as human resources, occupational health professionals, nutritionists, psychologists, and fitness experts. By bringing together diverse expertise, organisations can develop comprehensive and well-rounded health promotion initiatives that cater to the holistic well-being of employees.
  1. Change Management: Implementing health promotion programs often requires changes in workplace practices, policies, and culture. Project management methodologies can assist in managing these changes effectively. By employing change management techniques, organisations can anticipate and address potential barriers, communicate the benefits of the program, and garner support from leadership and employees. This ensures a smooth transition and increases the likelihood of long-term sustainability.


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How to cite this article: De Koker, R. (2022).  Leveraging Project Management in Workplace Health Promotion, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VII, July. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/pmwj131-Jul2023-De-Koker-leveraging-project-management-in-workplace-health-promotion.pdf

About the Author

Rudi de Koker

South Africa


Rudi de Koker holds a master’s degree in business administration (CPUT) and a Bachelor of Technology in Project Management (CPUT); he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a passion for healthcare and HIV/AIDS management that led him to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in this field from Stellenbosch University in 2011. He is currently enrolled for a PhD with a focus on Telemedicine. Rudi possesses a wealth of knowledge working in both the private and NGO sectors managing large scale projects within healthcare. Prior to enrolling for the PhD, he was the Managing Executive for a national HIV/AIDS programme in South Africa. Rudi’s interests are in Project Management, Universal Health Coverage, Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence. He can be contacted at rudidekokermobile@gmail.com

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