Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: January 30, 2020
What employer doesn’t want to shore up their workforce? Many studies have shown that encouraging employee health and taking steps toward a healthy workplace culture will reap benefits for employees and employers alike. Here are some examples:
Consider the connection between safety, occupational health, behavioral health, physical health, and healthy productivity. How are these areas affecting your workplace?
The overlaps between health promotion and worker safety on the job are also backed by research. This is especially true for occupations that involve strenuous or repetitive work, and where being in good physical form is important. Obesity, for example, can contribute to back injuries because using proper body mechanics when lifting or moving objects is difficult for people who are overweight. Links have been made between workplace stress and illness, such as high blood pressure, which can lead to increased errors and lack of judgment.
Fatigue caused by lack of sleep is another overlap, as this can reduce an employee’s ability to concentrate and respond properly. When you’re drowsy, your brain is not as creative and won’t process information as quickly or retain important facts as well.* Preventing your employees from becoming hurt or sick in the workplace is a better strategy than restoring them back to health after an incident or illness.
Here are some tips:
Since employees spend about one-third of their lives on the job, the state of their mental and emotional health will undoubtedly affect their ability to perform. Statistics reveal the scope of this influence: Across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year, and depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.**
Many employers rely on employee assistance programs (EAPs), which offer individual employee counseling, manager training, and critical incident intervention for their workforce. Companies who have taken this step are better positioned to start reducing these costs and making progress toward improved emotional and mental health for their employees. Here are suggestions for promoting mental health at work:
When was the last time you assessed your company culture and how the environment positively or negatively impacts the health of your population? Now is the time to do so. Use the results to build out a plan for improvement or sustainability. And don’t feel you have to figure this out on your own. Employers have access to expert wellness professionals locally, who can help.
To find occupational health/safety and EAP resources, visit lvhn.org/medical-services/occupational-health and www.preferredeap.org.