As an employer, it’s the responsible thing to do to encourage your employees to stay healthy. Not only for their own sake, but also because a high instance of health issues in your workforce can have a huge negative impact on your business.
It can lead to more days taken off, lower productivity, low employee retention and general unhappiness. Unhappiness can lead to mental health issues and a negative impact of staff morale.
There are things you can do to help your employees stay healthy. Some effective approaches include the following.
Run exercise clubs after hours in order to get staff keeping fit while they socialize. You should also participate in walk and cycle to work schemes. With these schemes, you can reward employees who do this with incentivised gifts and rewards systems.
Healthy Eating Options
Offer healthy eating options in the workplace canteen in order to encourage healthy food choices. You can also stock the workplace kitchen with healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit and granola bars. Often, employees eat unhealthily simply out of habit or necessity, but welcome healthy changes.
Encourage employees to wash hands regularly. You could place posters around the toilets to instruct staff on how to do so properly. You could also place hand santiser around the office.
Provide bike parking to incentivise and encourage cycling to work. Often, the choice not to cycle is a logistical one, rather than something borne from laziness.
Keep Your Workplace Clean
Make sure the workplace is always clean, healthy and hygienic. You could perhaps hire regular cleaners to keep on top of the mess and to save you and your employees the hassle of having to do it yourselves.
It’s also important to consider all health and safety factors in the workplace. Keep in mind, that an office will have vastly different health and safety needs to a building site.
It’s always key to get someone to audit your place of work and provide bespoke advice according to your needs.
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