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Healthy Workforce, Healthy Business
When we’re healthy, we feel and work better; our outlook is more positive and we’re generally happier. Because of that brighter state of mind, it’s safe to say that good health leads to greater personal efficiency and productivity. Similarly, your business will perform better when its workforce is healthy. Clearly, it’s in an employer’s best interest to foster a workplace that values the health and well-being of her team.
Let’s explore ways in which an employer can encourage and foster a healthy workforce.
What makes a healthy workforce?
Healthy workers know that their health and that of their coworkers is paramount to their employer. In defining the concept of health, it’s important to include both the physical and the emotional; they are equally important to an employee’s ability to operate at peak performance. Healthy workers know that you are invested in their health by the considerations you make toward seeing to their needs, enabling, educating and encouraging them to be healthy.
A healthy workforce implements measures such as these:
Help Ensure Health With Insurance
If possible, enable your employees to choose from a wide variety of health insurance policies so they can get what best suits their individual needs. By helping them to afford insurance, you can be assured that they’ll be more willing and able to have their health issues addressed. This can help assuage illness in the short and long term.
Allowance for Absences
When employees feel they will lose income if they call in sick, they most likely will try to work while ill, which is a problematic scenario.
Make Healthy Choices Available to Employees
Create A Healthy, Safe and Comfortable Work Environment
Whether you do it yourselves or hire a professional cleaning service, it’s crucial to keep the work environment clean. At the very least, provide disinfecting wipes for daily cleaning of surfaces, phones and keyboards. Remember cleaning supplies for kitchen and bathroom areas as well.
Remember that much of health is preventing injury. Beyond simple comfort, ergonomic equipment provides employees with healthful, supportive positions in which to perform their work.
Make it even more appealing to be healthy by offering your employees some sort of bonus for attaining a health goal like quitting smoking, weight loss, blood pressure management or reaching fitness goals.
As an employee, knowing that you’re encouraged to be healthy (but that it’s okay to get the care you need when you’re not), is an empowering concept. When your team is feeling that their health is appreciated and supported, their productivity and job satisfaction will be heightened. Help your employees to feel healthy and you will be rewarded you with a healthy, robust business.
How do you encourage your employees to be healthy?
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