The Importance of a Healthy Workplace: Keeping Employees Healthy
Think about the number of hours per year a full-time employee spends at their place of business. Now think about what your organization is doing to impact the health and well-being of your employee population. It is important to remind employees about the value of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Nicole D’Uva, Director of LifeWork Strategies for Adventist HealthCare, highlights ways to keep employees healthy in the workplace.
IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY WORKPLACE
Although it may not seem like it’s important, a healthy workplace encourages employees to be their best. When employees are healthy, they tend to do their best work. If they aren’t feeling well, they’ll complete the priorities on their to-do list but won’t get too far beyond that. When the whole company is focused on being healthy, employees tend to care more about their health. It’s not only an added benefit for the company, but the employees too. They can work to better their health in an environment where it is encouraged.
BENEFITS OF A HEALTHY WORKPLACE
D’Uva explains that “being a part of a healthy workplace encourages positivity and allows employees to look forward to coming to work each day.” Employees who are supported and encouraged tend to want to give their best to their employer because they feel that their needs are being met and taken care of.
Overall, a healthy workplace will provide:
- Rise in productivity
- Enhanced employee engagement
- Increase in physical and mental health
- Reduction in absenteeism
HOW TO KEEP EMPLOYEES HEALTHY
Keeping employees healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It can consist of smaller strategies that will have the same benefit overall. Small initiatives add up to big results and the more influence it has on your employees, the larger effect it will have.
If you don’t know where to begin, try surveying employees on what they would like to see. “Reach out to employees to better understand their health goals. Then, work to define a strategy to assist them in meeting their goals,” adds D’Uva. Simple initiatives that can help your employees include:
- On-site screenings such as blood pressure or biometric screenings
- Online challenges around physical activity, nutrition, sleep, hygiene, etc.
- Walking clubs, group classes or discounted memberships to local fitness facilities
- Introducing healthy menu items to your cafeteria and vending machines
- Well-being education, healthy cooking demonstrations or seated massage
As you begin to implement these new items into your business, routinely check-in with employees. Encourage feedback on the new programs and initiatives. If the response is negative, ask them how you can improve. If its positive, build upon the programs you have implemented and provide the experiences employees are looking for and enjoying.
“Programs like this can improve the health, wellness and quality of life of your employees while boosting productivity and teamwork,” says D’Uva. “A well-being program provides you with the materials you need to encourage a culture of well-being in the workplace.” LifeWork Strategies creates individualized solutions for your business. Allow us to consult on a customized program for your workforce.