Staying healthy and happy when you’re at work can seem a bit of a task sometimes. Maybe you’ve got work to do that you absolutely hate the idea of, or it’s way too hot in the office and you can’t focus for the sweat rolling off your temples – there’s a lot of situations that make focusing on the task at hand very hard because of your physical and mental state.
But if you’re the boss of the business, and you’ve got an entire payroll’s worth of employees at hand, you’ve got to make sure they’re all feeling up to whatever you need them to do day by day. And not only that, but you need to be sure they’re protected whilst at work, and never have unnecessary hazards to contend with whilst on the shop or office floor.
Your employees are a pretty big part of your company, and you’re never going to get anywhere in the business world without a good team of people behind you! So once you’ve got through all the financial admin, and you’ve brought on an accountant to balance and protect the state of the books, it’s time to turn your eye to your staff.
Schedule Proper Breaks
Your employees need to take a break, and usually, they get to take a couple per working day, which usually last 15 to 20 minutes per allocation. But if they’re going above and beyond the call of duty, and working more than the usual eight hours per day, they’re usually allowed much longer breaks, up to and including an hour. Make sure you keep these factors in mind when you’re scheduling people into the work plan for the week.
After all, you need to provide proper breaks to allow people to eat and drink away from important electrical equipment at their desk, and away from the shop floor. Give them a chance to take a breather, and socialize with their colleagues, and notice the positive atmosphere of the workplace stack up and up.
In the break room, make sure you provide a fridge so employees can bring their own lunches into work with them – they’re much more likely to eat healthily if they’ve got a way to keep fruit and veg fresh whilst they work. And remember, make sure your people take their breaks as well – they may be in the zone at the moment, but at the end of the day, they’ll be much closer to a burnout tomorrow if they didn’t take any proper breaks that day.
Use a Virtual Option
Your employees don’t want to have to miss work because of any illness or injury they come down with – hopefully they enjoy their job, and they definitely enjoy getting paid for it! But a lot of absenteeism comes from factors beyond our control, so now’s the time to try and give some of that control back to the people who make up your workforce.
Using a digital medicinal portal to promote workplace wellness is a new idea that’s coming around, but it’s one that could have a lot of use for you as a small business. Let your employees turn to their phones when they’re feeling a sniffle whilst at their desk and let a consultation come to them, instead of the other way around. Or maybe they tripped over a lost wire on the office floor, and now their ankle is aching in a couple of places – having a software on hand that allows them to ask questions about what could happen next, then and there, could eliminate any liability claim a person could make if they had no other option than to blindly work on.
Not to mention, when you allow your employees to always have a health option on hand, that they are free to turn to with no questions asked or restrictions put on them, you’re much more likely to retain the talented and skilled people who work for you. It helps to show them you care about them, and you want them to be at their best when they’re in a working environment – when an employee feels valued, they do their best work for you!
Offer On Site Vaccinations
The flu comes around every year, and there’s always going to be a common strain out there creeping into our bodies and blocking our throats and noses up with phlegm. And that’s a nasty state to be in when you’ve got a whole week of work ahead of you! You’re going to be sitting in close proximity with 10 to 20 other people, breathing and coughing and blowing your nose and throwing the tissues away – there’s no telling how many germs could get around that space within minutes of you turning up.
Which is why it might be a good idea to provide onsite vaccinations to your employees, to make sure they’re all getting their flu shots if they have no time to outside of the working day. It helps to keep the place you’re working in healthy and happy, and keeps the spread of germs to an absolute minimum. So, feel free to invite a doctor or a nurse to come into the office to give checkups, with free vaccines if an employee wants one; it’s a great benefit to include in the package for attracting more people to your company.
How Healthy is Your Workplace?
We can’t ever be quite sure we’ve got the healthiest working force known to man on our hands, but we can do our best to encourage healthy lifestyles whilst at work. Of course, there are general rules to go around, such as always wash your hands after using the toilet, and always put your rubbish in the trash can, but these alone won’t keep your employees in the prime of health. Make sure you’ve got other policies in place to help your staff out.