How to Create a Healthy and Productive Workforce
Posted Aug 24th, 2015 by Expedite | 0 comments
It is common knowledge that a healthy workforce is a more productive one. According to Neville Koopowitz of The Telegraph: “In order to be most effective, businesses need to focus on the full spectrum of wellness, the five key pillars of which are: health screening, smoking, nutrition, fitness and mental wellbeing. But there is no one-size-fits-all approach and the most important thing is to understand the specific needs of your business.”
These measures will help to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity levels, which in turn affect the wellbeing of the business as a whole.
Key steps towards creating a more productive workforce:
1. Promote wellbeing of staff
The first step towards creating a healthier and more productive workforce is by talking to your staff about their wellbeing. You can do this by putting out infographics in your internal newsletter, scheduling talks and workshops. Encourage your staff to eat more nutritious meals. If there is a canteen on the premises, then try to offer healthier meal options. Encourage fitness, team-building exercises and other social activities to improve employee morale. Employees who are healthy and happy are less likely to take sick leaves and are more productive while at work.
2. Address mental health issues
With most work environments, sometimes the stress can take a toll on your employees causing mental health problems. Train your managers to delegate the workload equally among staff and also to recognise symptoms of mental ill health. This helps to ensure that your employees can finish their work and meet deadlines effectively. Keep the lines of communication open at all times. You could also offer employees who are going through any form of emotional or personal turmoil the option of counselling, or educate them about options that are available to them.
3. Make sure your staff are comfortable
Employees spend an average of 43 hours a week at the office, which is why it’s important that they are comfortable at all times. Ensure your employees have fully-adjustable chairs with arms, an adjustable monitor and a sturdy desk to sit at. Some companies offer sleeping pods so their employees can take power naps and this is also useful for employees who work through the night. You could also provide a break-out room where employees can relax and read a magazine, or talk to each other and de-stress at work.
4. Provide a pleasant work atmosphere
Another great way to promote health and wellbeing in the office is by creating a space that is warm and inviting. You can achieve this by adding bright notice boards, posters and motivational quotes throughout the office. Plants are another great way to liven up the space and make it a more positive environment. When employees enjoy their work environment, they are likely to put more effort in to doing a good job.
5. Promote fitness
Encourage your employees to add some form of activity or exercise in their everyday routine. This could be in the form of a sport, yoga, meditation and much more. Some businesses offer activities like Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Zumba during office hours so colleagues can avail these benefits. You could also tie up with a local gym to offer your employees a discounted membership or simply make them aware of the options that are available to them around the office. Another great way to promote fitness is to offer freebike parking and showers to employees who ride to work.
As a business organisation, it is your responsibility to look after the wellbeing of your staff. There are many means through which you can achieve this. Use these tools to create a more meaningful relationship with your employees.
An employee who feels valued within the workplace will go the extra mile to be good at their job. Hence the best way to improve productivity in the workforce is by ensuring that your employees are healthy and happy.According to Expedite’s CM Event Report, 22% of companies want to invest in workforce planning within the next 3 to 9 months.