Health and wellbeing encompasses an awful lot from exercise and healthy eating, to mental health, stress and anxiety. New ways of tackling these ever-present challenges are constantly arising so we decided to look at the latest health and wellbeing trends.
Looking after an employee means many things. It can mean fostering a culture in the office so that an employee doesnt feel too stressed to take a day off sick, to encouraging employees to exercise, offering fruit or healthy snacks or starting sports teams.
It can also mean focussing on an employee’s mental health helping to alleviate stress and anxiety, and offering a judgement free environment for employees to come forward if they have concerns about their mental health.
There are so many different ways employers can look after their staff some of them tried and tested, others beginning to gain popularity. Here are a few health and wellbeing trends that were likely to see this year:
Being mindful? means being aware of something, and that’s exactly what mindfulness is. it’s about taking some time out of your day to appreciate what’s going on around you to take a breather, and feel in touch with the present moment. Practicing mindfulness meditation revolves around focusing on breathing, and allowing thoughts and anxieties to come and go, without judgement.
Mindfulness has had a rise in popularity over the past year, and has become something of a buzzword. Apps have been created to help users get started, and the great thing is it can be done from anywhere even a desk, while at work. This makes it a great thing for employers to recommend to staff, with the added bonus being that the less stressed and anxious they are, the more productive they are likely to be.
Mental health days
According to the CIPD, stress accounts for around 47 per cent of short-term absence, ad 53 per cent of long-term absence.
Mental ill-health already leads to employees taking days off sick, yet many are still too scared to speak to employers about it in fact, just over a third are worried they would be fired for bringing it up. This can only add to stress, and business owners must strive to find ways to make the workplace culture more open to discussing mental health. Allowing absences for mental health days is a great way to signify this attitude.
Flexible working, or even working from home, can work wonders for many employees, especially those with commitments outside of work that can be quite time-consuming, such as caring for children or ill relatives.
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.