While there are many health benefits of good work, when a working environment isn’t right, the effects on employees can be detrimental.
An employee’s health and wellbeing can often be affected by work factors including:
Generally speaking, a healthy workplace involves a positive workplace culture, transparency, good communication and services for employees. Every workplace is different. Each one comes with its own strengths and issues that need addressing.
Luckily, this also means there are many ways to improve workplace health and wellbeing. Generally, the following are sustainable and effective ways to improve overall staff wellbeing:
Research shows that workplace health and wellbeing programs instill both physical and mental benefits to employees and a range of benefits to employers. There are many benefits of workplace health and wellbeing programs, including:
There are three simple ways you can improve your workplace’s health and wellbeing today.
Start talking about health and wellbeing
If you don’t know where to start, simply opening up the conversation at work about health and wellbeing allows employees the opportunity to raise issues or concerns.
Did you know that employees are most likely to seek support from a colleague, but least likely to approach Human Resources for assistance with a mental health condition?
The importance of raising awareness of employee health and wellbeing has never been more important. Doing so will not only start necessary conversations but also demonstrate your care for your employees.
Offer and EAP
Giving your employees access to a quality Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling service is a key way to take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
EAPs are a confidential, independent, early intervention counselling service for employees. The program helps people identify and deal with issues that may be affecting their relationships, health, wellbeing and work performance.
Train your managers
Training managers in mental health (Mental Health First Aid or MHFA) allows them to identify problems early and equips them to find effective and sustainable solutions.
The State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia reported that only 39% of respondents said they would seek support from their direct managers if they had a mental health condition. Training your managers may increase the likelihood of employees confiding in their direct managers, allowing a swift and appropriate resolution.
Up-skilling managers with ergonomic and manual handling training can also make a big difference to the physical health and safety of employees. Equipping managers with the knowledge of safe workplace practices, including setting staff up with ergonomic assessments and training manager on how to identify ergonomic risk factors, as well as providing safe manual handling practices is a valuable skill all employees should have. Training reduces the physical risks to employees so they can perform at their best.
Work Health Checks Program
As injury management and prevention specialists, we have designed a Work Health Checks program to support employee health and wellbeing for a healthy workplace.
Delivered by trained professionals from multiple allied health disciplines, components include: