31 Great Ways to Encourage Better Employee Health
Employees are arguably the best asset to a business or organisation. Therefore, it makes sense that companies look after them. So, why is it important to help them with their health?
It is proven that happy, healthy employees have much-improved productivity and actually look forward to going into work instead of constantly calling in sick.
Depending on how forward thinking an organisation is, tells you whether they have some form of wellness plan in place.
The best place to start is talking to your employees to start receiving some valuable feedback. Then, with that information it can go away and craft the many different ways a company can help improve their employees wellness.
As soon as the company has put together a plan, it shouldn’t just stop there. The idea is to further improve and adjust the plan based on employee feedback (just like software companies do).
A good time scale to test this is around 6 months. This should give company enough time to access the plan to what is working and what isn’t.
Focus on general prevention
As you can appreciate. If a person concentrates on prevention rather than a cure, they can eliminate a whole host of types of illnesses, aches and pains they could suffer from in the future. We all know we should do this, but very few people do.
This is where the company comes in.
Encourage Healthy Eating At Home & At Work
As we mentioned earlier. Prevention is much better than cure. For that reason, encouraging healthy eating can help prevent future diseases that are on the increase like type 2 diabetes and cancer etc.
Here’s a few ways organisations can help:
Have A Smoke Free Workplace
Ok, this is a little controversial, but stick with me here. Alcohol and tobacco usage are the main contributors to illness and death in the developed world.
Most companies have this now, but for those that don’t maybe having a designated smoking area at the back of the building (away from customer view) might be a good option?
Note: The CDC equates seven million deaths a year to smoking.
Encourage Physical Exercise
Encouraging employees to exercise is probably the cheapest and most effective ways to encourage healthy living and wellness.
Improving Their Mental Health
Ignoring mental health costs companies billions each year. It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for each other and should be encouraged in the workplace.
This is a little tricky and a company should seek professional advice on this topic just so you adhere to the law and follow the correct principles of dealing with mental health.
Here’s a few ways a company can help:
Avoid Long Periods Of Sitting
People don’t generally think about the problems of constantly being in a seated position. However, studies have shown that people that sit a lot and for most of the day are more likely to die from strokes and heart attacks.
How can a company help?
Look, no one is saying that a company must employ all of these ideas. In fact, it would probably make things worse if they did. However, it’s a good idea for them to sit down with their staff and ask the question - What ideas would they like to try and what would they find useful?
Most new startups are now starting to adopt many of the principles in this article. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the other companies out there don’t.
Having healthy employees and encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles is a win, win for everyone.
Not only do they perform better, take less time off for being sick and educate them to live better lives. It also helps motivate them, makes them happier and in turn should increase performance.
Show your employer this article :)