How can we have a healthier workforce?

How can we have a healthier workforce?

 

It’s a fact that healthier employees take less unplanned time off work but how can you help employees be healthier? As an employer you already have a legal responsibility to consult with employees about their risks at work so why not take this opportunity to ask how you, as an employer, can help the same people be healthier. What would they like putting in place? Are there initiates they can suggest that are easy to implement? Do they have interests outside work that you could focus on?

Encouraging employees to be more active throughout the day is an obvious choice. Within the workplace, simple ideas like moving bins away from desks or work areas to encourage personnel to get up to dispose of waste are easily implemented. Encourage employees to take their breaks away from their normal place of work such as a nearby park or just take a short brisk walk around the local area.

What about getting to and from work? Can you provide secure bicycle storage for employees to cycle to work? Is there somewhere suitable for employees to change and freshen up if they cycle, jog or walk to wok.

As the weather improves, you may find more people willing to try healthier options for traveling to work. Let’s face it, public transport costs or running a vehicle can be expensive so it’s also a good way to save money.

Taking it further, consider companywide incentives such as discounted gym memberships for use outside working hours, organise or encourage company sports teams, or even corporate activity event days.

Whatever you decide, it isn’t good practice to force ideas onto people. Involve them in the decision?making process and you are likely to get more encouraging results.

 

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