What Employers Can Do To Alleviate Poor Health At Work
Lack of productivity among employees is often associated with ill health in the workplace and looking at the consequences, it comes as no surprise that more global brands are starting to recognize the impact that workplace health and wellness can have on productivity.
Looking at the high rate of obesity in the country, one has to wonder if this is the case for companies in South Africa.
A study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics revealed that obesity among South Africans is on the increase.
Another study by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) found that a huge number of South Africans are prone to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and cancer. It also found that young adults in their twenties are at a high risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Augment HR defines corporate wellness as the encouragement of healthy activities and a healthy lifestyle in the corporate environment. This is put forward as a means to reduce ailments in employees, mental and physical stress, and overall costs resulting from the sick day. Examples include the implementation of corporate wellness programs, individual sessions with wellness coaches, etc.
Given that people spend most of their days in the office, prioritizing corporate wellness should not even be a question. Focusing on wellness means a happier, healthier environment in your company.
Benefits Pro offers the following reasons why companies need wellness programs:
- Employee health affects organizational health: Employee wellbeing is critical to workplace health. A company with employees that are cared for and supported emotionally, physically and mentally can expect productivity.
- It creates better results: A healthy working environment promotes creativity in employees.
- Wellness and business strategy aligns: Corporate wellness is inarguably one of your company’s best assets. The healthier your employees are, the more successful your business will be.
According to Everyday Health, implementing corporate wellness programs in your company can result in significant changes in the following areas:
-Reduced Hospital Admissions
If you’re still trying to find the right way to start a wellness program in your company, Benefit News provides the following tips:
- Customize a strategy for your workplace
- Offer incentives to get employees to participate
- Influence the workplace
- Communicate your program (e.g. using digital channels)
- Evaluate results and solicit input
Companies with good wellness programs prove the organization’s concern for their employees thus encouraging them to work harder and more efficiently.
It is clear that a corporate wellness program can bring multiple benefits to both small and large corporate businesses. As the world observes Corporate Wellness Week – if your company has not yet jumped on the bandwagon, perhaps it is time for you to also look into prioritizing corporate health.
Remember, implementing this program doesn’t necessarily need a major investment. You can also start small! A healthy employee is a focused, high performing employee!