How An Employer Can Promote A Healthy Lifestyle at Work
A good employee is one who does his/her work diligently, in a timely manner and is benefiting the company with his/her efforts. These are also the main competencies that every prospective employer is looking for in the personnel they are looking to get on board. Any worker who has the skills and the capabilities to carry out the assigned work day in and day out would thrive in the company. Although, there are times when a person’s performance is affected due to their deteriorating health and/or undue stress just for the sake of getting praise and recognition from their coworkers or bosses.
When a situation like this happens, it not only affects the employee adversely, but also hurts the company itself. If a worker is ill, irrespective of their designation, it will disturb the daily workload and processing speed of the work within the organization. The absent employee’s work would have to be compensated by other team members and that can decrease the outcome in relation to the target set for the day or week. Moreover, the sick person might even have to take days off due to the situation and this might keep him/her out of the loop from work and put in extra effort to update themselves after rejoining.
It would be an extraordinary situation to make sure the organization is still working smoothly, and the number of employees taking an off due to their bad health is nearly negligible. Yet there are ways to promote healthy lifestyles in your employees so that their health gets disturbed a lot less.
There is a time and place for everything, which is why the allotted work hours for employees should be sufficient for their work and help them keep a balanced life. A disturbance in this schedule can lead employees to overexertion and can make them lose out on their time for resting or doing other activities. Insufficient sleep and lack of other physical activities can make any person prone to sickness and develop a vulnerable immune system. This is why it is the job of the Human Resource Department to educate employees about the need for stability in their lives and the importance of knowing how much time they need every day after work to prepare for the next day.
There are multiple ways that an organization can help its people become more fit and healthy. A small exercise area can let employees refresh themselves by working out and be energized for the remainder of the day. Not only are exercises good for the person’s health, but they can substantially boost the thought process of a person and help with retaining things. Allocate a time limit for each employee for the day. This way their work doesn’t get affected by spending too much time in the gym area and they still manage to have sufficient exercise to get revitalized and have a good day at work.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If the employee is really feeling unwell, then you must suggest that person to stay at home. Not only are they going to get even worse from working while sick, but if it’s something contagious like a viral flu, they run the risk of infecting other people as well. Have them take the day off and assure them that they can return when they feel better. This is important because, if an ailing person is exhausting herself from working, then their condition may stand the risk of deteriorating further.
Suggesting Medical Care
Not every company or office can afford to give all their employees facilities for healthcare. One other way to promote a healthy life is to have your employees go to a recommended doctor/specialist for their ailment. The organization itself can have a list of doctors that they recommend for their workers to get a thorough examination of their health if it is needed. It is wise to have such a list because that can communicate to employees that you care about their health and have a doctor they trust to examine their illness. For even more detailed research, the HR of your organization can take examples from other organizations and formulate something along similar lines on endorsing a doctor for their employees to go to.
Every person’s health is important and each individual has their own capacity to tackle sickness and diseases. When so many people are packed in together at the same time, the risk for having a viral infection spread throughout your workforce is higher. To tackle that in advance, steps like these are important and are not only fruitful for the person working in your organization, but for the business itself in the long run.
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