How to Promote Healthy Habits in Your Employee Workforce
Access to physical and mental resources promotes healthy and happy employees. When employees are healthy, both physically and mentally, it ultimately increases overall productivity in the workplace. For more information on how to promote healthy habits in your workforce, read on.
Telehealth creates the opportunity to communicate with a doctor without having to go into the office. It provides convenient and easy access to medical professionals via video chat or direct messaging. In today’s increasingly virtual world, hospitals and clinics haveincreasedtheir telehealth services to improve accessibility.
Virtual visits with alternative providers are also a great resource when your primary care physician isn’t immediately available to assist you. Telehealth visits are a great resource for physicians to stay updated and proactive on patient health.
Overall, the implementation of telehealth enables employees and their families to stay proactive with their health care without the stress of planning and scheduling an office visit.
At SBMA, we believe in the power of telemedicine services, especially during the current pandemic. Because of this, we offer our clientstelehealth services that meet the needs of their employees. Telemedicine services are convenient, reliable, and easy to use.
Encouraging employees to maintain a healthy diet is an important pillar of positive health habits. There are numerous ways to promote healthy eating in the workforce. A few options include:
Catering free healthy lunch options
Bringing in a nutritionist to educate your team on healthy eating choices
Providing healthy snacks in the office such as fruit, nuts, and water
Encouraging employees to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day
Sharing healthy recipes and encouraging employees to share new healthy recipe discoveries
Implementing healthy eating habits into employees’ lives will likely in turn promote higher overall energy levels. Put good in, get good out.
Consistent exercise creates long-lasting health benefits. Promoting regular exercise improves heart health, lowers cholesterol, increases brain function, reduces cancer risk, lowers stress, improves sleep and so much more.
All of these come together to facilitate a more productive lifestyle and work environment because your team is more capable of managing their stress and responsibilities. Additionally, healthy employees take fewer sick days and miss less work due to health-related concerns. Yet another example of how encouraging healthy habits promotes productivity in the workplace. A healthy team means you spend less on healthcare costs and more on reinvesting into your employees themselves.
We suggestgetting creative to encourage employee physical activity. Some suggestions include:
Provide weekly group workout classes
Develop walking or running groups
Partner with local gyms or yoga studios to offer discounts or added benefits
Offer employees free or subsidized gym memberships
Create friendly exercise competitions
Try a hula hoop challenge
Visiting your doctor for an annual physical is one of the best long-term health strategies. You grow your health history and build a relationship with your physician. The routine physical exam keeps you up to date on important vaccinations, assesses lab results, and addresses any concerns your doctor or you may have. Additionally, attending these visits can potentially catch any more serious health issues that may arise before they become something potentially more dangerous.
Maintaining good mental health is just as important as physical health. Increasing awareness of stress management strategies and sleep habits can help employees stay well-balanced. Additionally, employees that are supported with access to resources to combat mental health are more likely to be positive, engaged, and determined.
Investing in employee health and well-being is critical to the ongoing success of most businesses. Try different methods to promote wellness in your employees such as:
Solicit the expertise of a sleep expert to educate your team on the importance of sleep
Keep work at work
All in all, promoting healthy lifestyles and providing employees with the tools to live successfully healthier lifestyles can lead to many benefits. Employees will be less likely to take sick days and more likely to stay loyal to your company and be happier in their work environment. Overall, you gain increased productivity in the workplace.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive, affordable, ACA-compliant benefits plan to offer your employees, look no further. At SBMA Benefits, our goal is to provide affordable health coverage to help keep your employees healthy and promote their overall well-being. If you’re interested in offering SBMA benefits to your team, call or contact us today.