Did you know today (Thursday 7th April) is World Health Day?
Each year there is a different theme and this years theme is Universal Health Coverage. In the UK, we know we’re lucky enough not to have to worry too much about the cost of healthcare but in other countries around the world, falling ill or having an accident means individuals have a lot more than their health to worry about.
We strongly believe that everyone should have access to healthcare as and when they need it, without going bankrupt or having to move mountains to get it no matter where they live, sadly however, we know this isn’t always the case.
However, it’s not just an individual’s responsibility to keep fit and healthy – obviously outside work they can do as much as they can, but as a business owner or manager you can also help with your employees wellbeing. So, thinking a little closer to home, what can you do to encourage good health in your workplace?
Do you currently run any initiatives to get your people moving and making healthier choices? Employee health has been high on many employers agenda – is it on yours?
Although it may take a little effort at first, the benefits to both your people and your business as a whole can be massive. And there’s so much you can do to make little tweaks that make a big difference. It all depends on how far you want to take things.
For example, if you wanted to encourage healthier eating at work, you could take away the communal biscuits and replace them with fresh fruit. You may decide to save the cakes and sweets for special occasions, or you could even start a healthy meal recipe group, sharing ideas for healthier lunches. You get the idea.
When it comes to exercise, there are even more things you can try. Team workouts could be a great way to get in shape but also to bond. There’s nothing like team building over a press-up or 10! Or can you get enough together to join a local football 5-a-side or netball league?
Maybe you could set a group challenge to achieve so many active minutes, or miles walked, or even steps stepped. This can bring out your people’s competitive sides and really get them moving!
Then there are things you can do that will have a financial cost to you, like subsidised gym memberships or private healthcare but if your team are healthier you could be reducing costs like sick pay, overtime and agency cover.
When you start to take your employees’ health seriously, they see the investment in them and return that with loyalty. They feel more valued and become more motivated. And when they’re motivated, they’re more productive. So, everyone wins!
We’d love to hear what health initiatives you’ve introduced to your workplace, or what you have planned this year and if you’d like any advice or help bringing in new health and wellbeing ideas, just give us a call to find out how we can assist you.