Employee Wellbeing – 5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Fit & Healthy This Winter
If your employees are off work then there is an inevitable cost to your business. Your employees could, however, avoid a winter illness with your help by following these few simple measures.
With the winter weather comes winter illness and that means costly time off work for your staff. That is sometimes unavoidable, but not always and there are certainly some measures that HR managers can take to keep their employees as fit and healthy as possible this winter. We outline 5 such ways to keep your employees healthy.
Nobody doubts that fruit is healthy, but the power of fruit is often underestimated and few employers realise the benefits in terms of productivity and energy that fruit can provide staff. When the winter blues seem to have taken hold, a piece of fruit can give a new lease of life to staff, or at least see them to the end of the working day. That’s why some employers have started to provide fruit baskets in the workplace, but many more employers should follow.
In order to fight against the cold each winter, we all need our immune system to be as strong as possible. Calcium is one way which can massively help our immune system so employers should make sure to have a constant supply of milk available for their staff. Although most workplaces do already have milk in the fridge for the teas and coffees, there should be enough made available so that staff can have a full glass of milk as well if they like.
Following on from the points above regarding healthy eating and drinking, an employer could consider inviting a nutritionist out to visit their staff to explain exactly which foods are the ones that can make for a healthy winter. Your employees could have the best intentions of eating healthy, but if your employees aren’t eating food which benefits them then that is worth nothing. A professional’s advice could help point them in the right direction.
Although being cold doesn’t necessarily cause the common cold, arriving at work on a freezing winter’s morning to face a broken radiator is not going to be the best scenario for anyone’s health. That is exactly why employers who want their staff to stay as well as possible over winter should make every effort to check that the heating is up to scratch and not simply do so once the boiler is already broken. In any case, some replacement heaters are always worth having just in case.
One way employers can help make sure staff keep healthy over winter, or at least return to full fitness after feeling unwell is by taking out group private medical insurance. Such a policy for staff can help your employees get better and faster treatment than would otherwise be available. This can be the last piece of the jigsaw that makes your workplace the healthiest around.
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