Are you paying attention to your employees’ health?
What comes to mind when you think about employee health? Comprehensive benefits packages? A box of tissue and hand sanitizer in every room? These are great places to start, but unfortunately many organizations seem to stop short of creating a truly healthy work environment.
Before we continue, it’s important to distinguish between a healthy workplace and a safe one. Luckily, most workplaces in the United States can be described as safe. It’s pretty standard for buildings to be outfitted with precautions ranging from illuminated exit signs and guardrails to gas detectors and fire alarms. The value of such essential safety provisions is immeasurable, but usually only becomes apparent after an emergency like a fire or flood. People generally don’t appreciate these safety measures until they save their lives. Healthy workplaces, on the other hand, incorporate both safety and wellness into the environment with the goal of continually improving their employees’ well-being every time they come into work. Unlike most safety measures, these health-related additions aren’t required by law and are impossible to overlook due to their obvious impact on the employee experience.
Infinite ways to promote employee health
Creating a healthy workplace can be as simple or as involved as you want. Many human resources managers worry about budgetary constraints, but the good news is implementing healthy initiatives doesn’t need to break the bank. Here are some ideas you can adapt to suit your organization and employees’ needs.
- Brighten up the space with natural lighting and fun colors
- Grow low-maintenance plants and flowers
- Display interesting artwork
- Invest in comfortable furniture
- Provide nutritious snacks or meals
- Encourage employees to personalize their workspaces, uniforms, or lockers
- Allow pets to visit
- Set aside a designated nap room
- Leave cards and boardgames in the breakroom
- Play upbeat music
Why is this important?
It’s a no-brainer that employees who are both mentally and physically fit miss fewer days of work and are more productive on the job. Not only does this have massive cost benefits, but it also means the people who fuel your organization are living genuinely healthier, happier, and more robust lives. At LifeSpeak, we believe everyone deserves to feel their best, regardless of whether they’re at work or not. That’s why we’ve designed an employee well-being program that can be accessed 24/7 from any device. Book a demo to learn more about how we can help your employees thrive.
Also published on Medium.