What springs to mind when you are introduced to the subject of employees’ health? You probably quickly think of physical health, but this is really only one pillar of the multi-faceted topic that is employee health and wellbeing. If you overlook the other aspects, your firm could easily miss out.
Miss out on what? Productivity and revenue. In the UK alone, ill mental health in employees yearly costs employers up to £42 billion, People Management reports. How can you act on the issue?
Let’s start with the obvious: the physical aspect
It’s easy to pick up on problems with physical illness, given that they tend to manifest themselves visually. Maintaining good physical health means adhering to good exercise, nutrition and health habits to hold off issues like chronic fatigue, headaches and excessive weight.
Hence, you shouldn’t be afraid to give your employees opportunities to exercise at work and supply them with both nutrition education and healthy office snacks, as Forbes advises.
Don’t overlook the financial side of wellness
Unfortunately, for many businesses, it can be too easy to do so. Left ignored, the adverse effects of financial struggles can fester to the extent of significantly impacting other slices of the wellness pie.
One study has seen 58% of employers acknowledging the influence of financial wellness on employee absenteeism, and 71% of employees attributing their stress primarily to personal finances. You can curb such issues by providing financial resources and tuition help to your workers.
It’s time to get emotional – in the right way
Your workers could struggle to realise their optimum potential if you fail to sufficiently account for the emotional aspect of wellness. Fortunately, you can avoid falling into that trap if you implement onsite meditation schemes and hold mental health days at your workplace.
Such measures can help to make employees more aware and in touch with their emotions, thoughts and feelings – and, as a potential knock-on effect, enjoy an all-round healthy mental state.
Foster a fun, sociable feel in your workplace
When your workers have strong relationships and social connections with others in the workplace, all of this can feed into improved job satisfaction. Allowing your staff to feel lonely can significantly increase the likelihood of them feeling disconnected in a productivity-sapping way.
Team outings, activities and celebrations are all potential remedies. Forbes highlights various creative ideas for buoying up the fun, including sending staff away to a winter resort where amenities for swimming, massage, snowmobiling and paintball could be at close hand.
Weave together the different strands of employee wellbeing
You can do this especially easily by implementing a workplace wellness program. However, don’t leave it as a voluntary scheme; instead, opt for something more proactive, like the Employee Assistance Programme from LifeWorks.
That way, you can help to ensure that issues with health and wellbeing in your employees are tackled early, before being allowed to mushroom into major problems that send your workers – and, by potential extension, the company as a whole – veering well off-track.