Maintaining physical and mental health in the workplace has not always been at the forefront of people’s minds … that was until last year. After COVID-19 hit, people, especially in the workforce, have been more concerned about other’s health and wellness. Here are 4 easy ways managers can promote health and wellbeing at work:
Be Flexible When It Comes to Medical Appointments
Health is essential. However, it is often overlooked in the office. In fact, by June 30, 2020, “an estimated 41 percent of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care, including urgent or emergency care (12 percent) and routine care (32 percent)” – which is why now more than ever it is time to promote the importance of health in the workforce. This can be solved by doing things as simple as letting your employees take the day off if they feel under the weather or allowing your employees to leave for a quick medical appointment during office hours. Small changes like this can make a huge difference in your employee’s health.
Schedule Fitness Programs
Company workouts are a great way to boost morale, get energized, and promote employee health and wellness. Whether it is getting the team together to participate in a local race, hosting a yoga class, or putting together a CrossFit workout – your employees’ physical and mental health will benefit greatly.
Provide Healthy Food Options
It is easy for employees to take a quick trip to the nearest fast-food chain for lunch; however, that is not always the healthiest option. On-the-go meals do not always have the proper nutrients to energize your employees to work the rest of the day. To solve this problem, you can do things as easy as adding fresh fruit, swapping candy bars for granola bars, and providing lunch options in the break room.
Educate Your Employees on Employee Benefits
It is essential to provide quality benefits to your employees; however, do your employees honestly know what they are getting out of their package? “A recent survey by Voya Financial revealed that 35 percent of those surveyed said they did not understand what benefits they enrolled in during open enrollment. And for younger workers, the number increased to 54 percent.” A quick fix to avoid any confusion during open enrollment is to have your manager or HR representative schedule a meeting to discuss all things relating to employee benefits.
Contact Lewis & Palmer today to get educated on the importance of employee benefits.