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Health and Wellbeing at Work

Wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well and comprises an individual’s experience of their life; and a comparison of life circumstances with social norms and values.

According to ACAS, work can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Taking an interest in your employee’s health and well-being can bring about some positive effects for your business, such as motivated and engaged workers, along with higher productivity levels.

It is the responsibility of employer and employee to take care of an employee’s physical and mental well-being. There are Health and Safety Laws that ensure both employer and employee consider the physical hazards in the workplace, however there is little legislation surrounding managing an employee’s emotional needs.

Some top tips for looking after your employee’s Health and Well-being are:

1. Don’t have a culture of taking work home, get your employees to leave the office, at the office and use their spare time to do activities they enjoy.

2. Design and implement health promotion initiatives to encourage employees to take care of themselves, both physically and mentally.

3. Make sure jobs are designed fairly and that work is allocated appropriately between teams.

4. Encourage regular short breaks from their workstation, a change of scenery can work wonders for recharging your batteries throughout the day.

5. Take time to walk and stretch during breaks, go outside and get some fresh air.

6. Encourage employees to take their annual leave, this will help them to unwind and re-charge.

7. Deep breathing exercises will help your employee relax when feeling under pressure.

8. Celebrate successes and focus on what they have achieved throughout the day, rather than what hasn’t been achieved.

9. Develop a Health and Well-being policy to ensure clear guidance is available to all staff for managing this part of the employee lifecycle.

10. Train managers on how to promote and monitor the health and wellbeing of employees.