Work and Wellbeing · 16 January 2018

Small steps to make New Year’s resolutions stick this time around

How are your New Year's resolutions going?
How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
Everyone tries to become the best version of themselves in January, and New Year’s resolutions abound. So why, if everyone is so full of good intentions, are so many thrown by the wayside before the month is over?

Resolutions can be hard to keep if it means changing too much, too fast deciding to eat better, exercise more and take better care of your mental health is a daunting workload.

The good news is, employers can help encourage staff to make lasting changes to improve their health and wellbeing, and ultimately, improve their business culture.

Physical health and wellbeing

There are plenty of things business owners can do to help employees whose resolutions revolve around physical health and wellbeing. For example, offering free fruit around the office is a cheap way to encourage healthy snacking.

Getting active can also be encouraged by offering discounted gym memberships as a perk, or by organising sports teams and fun runs outside of office hours.

Providing in-house training and literature for employees to browse in the common areas about health and fitness is another way to raise awareness.

Mental health and wellbeing

One of the biggest causes of absence from work is stress something that employers can sometimes help avoid. For example, introducing a blackout policy where staff should not respond to work related communications outside of work hours can help them ‘switch off? when they go home.


 
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Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Business Advice. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.

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