Why is health at work important? How do you start to improve the health of your workplace? Workplace health has been one of the most researched topics in recent years and studies show that there is a strong link between the health and wellbeing of people and their work environments.
But how can you boost health at work? First, lets understand what a workplace health program is before we go into implementation.
Health at work – what’s the point?
The purpose of a workplace health program is to target and improve the specific health risks of employees because healthy employees + healthy work environments = healthy workplaces
How you determine the health risks for your organization is another post by itself but the easiest way is to simply implement the ‘HRA health assessment’ at your workplace. Using this data, you can start to develop strategic wellness initiatives that focus on any high-risk areas that you have identified for your organization.
The key to improving health at work is consistency and patience. It won’t happen overnight but by choosing 2 -3 strategic wellness programs to offer throughout the year you will not only be improving health at work but also reducing business costs.
Below are some common areas where we see businesses start to reduce their costs:
By improving the health of employees, perhaps the first area you will start to see changes is a decline in absenteeism. Health at work also impacts health at home so you could find that you are also reducing instances of domestic leave.
You should expect to see an increase in productivity at work because you have not only improved health at work, you have also improved engagement at work and when we are more engaged with an organization, we tend to be more productive.
There is a clear link between injuries and poor health. If our bodies are in poor condition then we are at a higher risk of injury when trying to do physically demanding work.
As health at work starts to improve, you’ll begin to notice that employees are more upbeat and almost have a spring in their step again. As we become healthier, we start to feel more energetic, we become aware of all the other unhealthy habits we have and we start to change them. More energy in the workplace = better morale = better productivity.
Hopefully you are starting to see the benefits of improving health at work. Like any business initiative, measurement is key so don’t forget to measure before and after implementing your key initiatives.
If you would like to learn more about improving health at work then please contact us and we’d be happy to help.