Implementing a program to increase and maintain the health and wellbeing of your employees is important to the success of any organisation. Here are some ways you can positively influence and help employees, to benefit their health and wellbeing.
Daily physical activity is vital for optimal health and will help to decrease injuries.
Good nutrition contributes to overall health and wellbeing and affects the immune system, which can help avoid time off work with colds and flu, and other health issues.
Lifestyle choices and stress management impact our health as well as our ability to work under pressure and cope with stress.
Involving employees in supporting community causes at an organisational level can provide a sense of contribution which has a positive effect on mental health.
Social events should be fun for everyone and encourage a sense of camaraderie among employees.
Lastly, having pets in the office is proven to be great for employee moral, provides great stress relief and increases co-worker cooperation. The stress relief that dogs provide has additional benefits, since reduced stress consequently leads to reduced absenteeism and burnout, while also improving productivity.
“Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference. The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms,” says Randolph Barker, professor of management in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.