How Can Managers Improve Their Team’s Wellbeing?

May 12, 2016

When employees take time off because they are sick, it can wreak havoc on the entire office.

Someone likely has to stay overtime to make up for the staff’s duties, or they will simply not get done, causing a project to be late or a deadline to be missed.

In fact, “sick days are costing UK employers about £29 billion a year,” reports accountancy firm PwC in HR Magazine. There are steps that managers can take to improve the wellbeing of their staff, such as:

Providing Healthy Food Options

Some employers provide free food to their staff, either breakfast, lunch, snacks, or all of the above.

Common favourite options are cakes, fried eggs, sausage, sandwiches and crisps.

Others have vending machines on premises that allow individuals to purchase chips, cookies, candy, and soda.

The problem is that most of these food staples are not healthy, which contribute not only to obesity, but play a role in making the employees sick.

To avoid this, switch to a healthier menu by providing lots of fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins and minerals that will improve your staff’s immune systems and help them fight off colds.

Encouraging Exercise

Most professionals spend the majority of their time at work sitting – whether it be at their own desk or in a conference room meeting.

This sedentary lifestyle is making all of us sick, and not just with typical colds, but with serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

On the other hand, individuals that are mobile are much less prone to getting sick.

“Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways,” explains the U.S. Library of Medicine.

“This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other airborne illness.”

Reward your staff for walking or cycling to work, choose to have walking meetings instead of sitting ones, and encourage your employees to spend their break times by taking a walk.

Some employers have gone so far as to switch regular desks for treadmill desks!

While you cannot control each and every person who works for you, you can take steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

In addition to the tips above, make sure to clean out your ventilation system, which can trap germs and allergens that contribute to your team’s illnesses.

As well, review the health benefits you offer your staff to make sure they can afford to go to the doctor, should the need arise.

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