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.
Working on an open culture in the workplace so that employees feel they can come forward with mental health issues can also help. It may be useful to offer mental health days, for instance.
Sometimes, employees may be feeling overwhelmed – especially if they have pressing responsibilities outside of work as well. Introducing flexible working hours or the option to work from home sometimes can help some employees claw back a little more personal time, which can improve morale and ultimately make them more productive at work.
Of course, no two people are the same, but it’s down to employers to get to know their staff and figure out what works for them. Everyone needs a little support now and then, and it’s a win-win situation – the staff come out happier and healthier, and the business can come out stronger with more motivated employees.
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