Studies show that work is generally good for your health. And a healthy workplace can have many benefits for both businesses and individuals such as:-
- More motivated, happier and productive workers
- Less working time lost due to ill-health
- Better staff retention
- A competitive edge over other similar businesses
- Financial security for employees
- Opportunities for development
- Increased self-confidence for staff
- Employees will tend to go that “extra mile”
“Work can have a positive impact on our health and well-being. Healthy and well-motivated employees can have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business.” (ACAS)
But how do you ensure your workplace is a healthy environment for your employees? You need to make sure you keep hold of your best staff and are also attractive to potential candidates. Follow our guidelines below for useful tips on supporting your colleagues with health and well-being at work.
Firstly, you need to ensure your business has a strong and clear leadership supported by a solid strategy. This will ensure there is a clear focus which can be filtered down to your staff so they understand the values of the company.
Ensure your management team know how to manage common health & mental health problems. Stress can lead to mental ill health if it isn’t dealt with properly and your leaders need to know what they are dealing with.
Communicate with your staff regularly. This will help build trust between employer and employee and will ensure your staff feel valued and involved in the company.
Be supportive. Talk to your staff and listen to them. Try to understand their frustrations – let them know you value them and that you care.
Implement flexible working. Flexible working benefits employees with a better work life balance so that they have more time to spend with their families or undertaking hobbies. It can bring huge benefits to businesses as a result of a more motivated and engaged workforce.
Encourage your staff to take breaks. Sometimes even 5 minutes away from their desk and a bit of fresh air can make employees feel refreshed and motivated.
Support and encourage healthy lifestyles. Work place policies can support employees to be more active and to eat more healthily whilst at work to keep energy levels up. This could be a cycle to work scheme or encouraging staff to take the stairs rather than use the lift. Consider healthy food options in vending machines or canteens – offer healthy alternatives to accommodate all diets. And encourage staff to drink regularly and keep hydrated which will help with concentration levels.
If you need any recruitment advice please get in touch. Our dedicated team can find you the right candidate for your business and offer advice on keeping your workers happy.