The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) is excited to announce a new collaboration with Total Worker Health® Affiliate and longtime partners, SAIF Corporation. SAIF is a not-for-profit insurance company and one of the largest providers of worker’s compensation insurance in Oregon.
In partnership with SAIF, OHWC’s Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP) – an online training to promote supportive supervision – has been added to the recently-launched SAIF Leadership Series. SAIF’s Leadership Series includes resources and trainings across a variety of topics relevant to workplace safety, leadership skills, and Total Worker Health.
SHIP is an evidence-based training program designed to help organizations promote employee health, safety and work-life balance by increasing supervisor support and team effectiveness. The program was originally developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer and colleagues. SHIP is now available to all organizations in 5 short online training modules (one-hour total training time) with accompanying downloadable guides and materials.
During the initial study that was originally funded through OHWC’s Total Worker Health® Center grant under the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), SHIP was tested with a sample of construction workers. Participation in the SHIP training produced significant improvements in blood pressure, as well as perceptions of work-life balance and team effectiveness for workers with weak supervisor-employee relationships at baseline.
SHIP’s online training content and guides have since been adapted and scaled to allow for broader dissemination both to SAIF’s policy holders and the general public. SHIP is available free-of-charge through SAIF’s Leadership Series. Visit SAIF’s Leadership Series page to access these new and free supportive supervision online trainings.
Community partnerships like this allow the OHWC to create a sustainable framework to move our work from research into practice. We are grateful for the continued support of our community partners and stakeholders.
As always, you can also access our broad selection of Total Worker Health tools, toolkits, training programs, and resources through YourWorkpath.com.