Creating a Healthy Workplace: Strategies to Boost Physical and Mental Health
September 29, 2023
SEB Marketing Team
Employees spend most of their days in the workplace, which makes improving physical and mental health at work a critical component for success. Today’s competitive and successful businesses understand the need to support employees and equip them with tools and skills to handle daily stress and the inevitable changes of life. Whether it’s lunchtime meditation or an office gym, creating a healthy environment in the workplace ensures that employee well-being is a top priority. Here are some examples of how to create a healthy work environment.
Onsite Fitness: Although not all companies can afford to create a 72,000 square foot fitness centre, Chesapeake Energy did just that. The fitness centre, which includes an Olympic sized pool was, just one aspect of the company’s desire to recruit and retain healthy employees as part of their ‘Living Well’ program. Offering a facility may not be in the budget, but consider offsetting gym memberships or even allowing employees extra time at lunch to go for a twenty-minute walk, as 4000 steps a day are the minimum needed to keep the heart and immune system healthy.
Rethinking Lunchtime: Many companies offer a thirty-minute lunch, which can cause stress and anxiety and leave employees focused on ‘fast’ food. Offering a longer lunch period, bringing in healthier, catered options, or even creating a budget for healthier snacks are all ways to communicate that health matters. Employees will appreciate the time to eat healthy meals and perhaps get in some movement during lunch break.
Workplace Massage: Work can be stressful, and a desk job can be detrimental to your health. Remaining sedentary for too long can lead to a number of chronic health conditions. One option to keep the blood pumping, reduce stress, and relieve tight muscles could be a workplace massage. Not only is a massage enjoyable, but the health benefits are also plenty, including promoting better sleep, lowering blood pressure, and increasing productivity.
Maintain High Levels of Hygiene: A clean and hygienic workspace is essential for the physical well-being of employees. Although many employers are offering remote work, coming into the office is still necessary for many. Regular cleaning, proper ventilation, and sanitation measures can prevent the spread of illnesses and create a healthier environment. The goal is community, not communicable.
Ergonomic Office Furniture and Equipment: Investing in ergonomic chairs, desks, and computer equipment can significantly improve the physical health of employees. Also, consider other equipment such as exercise balls and sitting/standing desks. Proper ergonomics reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and increase comfort during long working hours. A variety of furniture also encourages employees to change their position multiple times throughout the day.
Encourage Regular Breaks: Employees should be encouraged to take regular breaks throughout the day. Short breaks, especially those spent outdoors, can boost creativity, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.
By implementing these strategies, employers can foster a workplace environment that prioritizes the physical and mental health of their employees. Investing in the well-being of your workforce not only leads to happier and healthier employees but also contributes to the long-term success of your business. Remember, a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, and it’s a win-win for both employees and employers.