Many of us consider our employees all a part of a huge family. This is especially true with long term employees¾especially if they’ve been with you in your hard times. But even if you don’t think of it in a sentimental way, taking care of your employees’ health is vital; as it’s connected strongly to their work performances, and then inevitably the overall success of your company/business. If you want to encourage your employees to live a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know how to do so, here are our tips and suggestions for you…
Help them keep hydrated – dehydration is a very common thing now a-days; especially among the young and the busy. Though it may seem insignificant, dehydration can lead to many complicated health issues in the long run. As it can lead to a weakened immune system, and that inevitably leads to poor work performance, encourage your employees to sip on water as they work. Invest on office water coolers and water filters to ensure this.
Make healthy activities part of your team activities – every work place has team activities. This strengthens the bond among work mates; leading to better performance in their work. If your workplace has team events as such, consider introducing a few physical team activities that will get your employees’ blood pumping. Outdoors events work best here.
Encourage healthy eating at work – apart from investing on an office water dispenser or coolers, you can also encourage your employees to eat healthier at work. If your workplace provides your employees with meals, make sure they are heathy options. If there are health food places that your employees can eat from (around your work place), consider working with them to get a special discount for your employees.
Reward those who are willing to work on their health – a goal is always sweeter to achieve when there is a reward in it. If you want a particular employee to work on their fitness (stamina, weight loss), encourage them to do so by giving them a reward for doing so. The reward can be anything from an extra day off to even paying for their gym membership.
Encourage them to make use of their health benefits – most work places have health benefits; some better than others. If your work place offers your employees health benefits, make sure they make use of it. Dental health benefits are a commonly ignored; unless and until there’s a complication. Make it mandatory for your employees to get their dental health checked; at least twice a year.