Health & Wellbeing
As wellbeing increasingly becomes a business priority it is important to evaluate the needs of the employees to ensure that any wellbeing programme is strategically designed not only to benefit employees but also to support delivery of company objectives. It is important for employees to be aware of measures that they can take within the workplace and at home to help them protect and improve their health.
It is also important to educate managers, human resource staff on what they might be able to do to support the health and wellbeing of the organisation. Finally, it is essential for the Board of Directors to be onboard with programmes to ensure employees are engaged, productive and well.
HM Government’s paper on Health, work and wellbeing – caring for our future, a strategy for the health and well-being of working age people, can be found here.
1. Take Responsibility.
It is vital from the outset that employees take responsibility for their health and that this is supported by the organisation.
Wellbeing services can have a positive impact in the modern workplace encouraging employees to be proactive rather than reactive in taking steps to address behaviours which may lead to adverse health outcomes.
2. Make a commitment.
Making a commitment whether it be at the individual level or organisational level, should form part of a long term, if not indefinite health and wellbeing workplace strategy.
Encouragement and ongoing support are key to the success of any wellbeing strategy and should be integrated into company policy.
3. Engage employees in wellbeing.
Encouraging employees to engage with the organisation’s wellbeing offerings and giving the clear understanding of the benefits is essential.
Communication using an open and honest framework, explaining intentions and expected outcomes is key to this process.
Some Key Facts
Body Measurements – Why Does Body Shape Matter?
Body mass index is a good measurement for most people to give an indication of whether you are a healthy weight for your height. However, more important for health is where you store the additional body fat. Fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than fat around the bottom or thighs. This makes you more prone to Type 2 diabetes and heart problems. Measurements and the calculations which can indicate your level of risk is offered as part of ‘A Healthy You’.
If you would like to read more information, visit this NHS webpage on this very subject.
Reducing Cardiovascular Risk
Around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure but many don’t know it as it often causes no symptoms whilst increasing a risk of a heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol itself also causes no symptoms but can be a serious risk to your health by also increasing the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Both these conditions can be detected by simple tests which we are offering as part of ‘A Healthy You’.
For more information, visit this NHS webpage on this subject.
Type 2 Diabetes
It has been predicted that by 2030, it is expected that 4.6 million people 16 years of age or over will suffer from diabetes with 90% of these being type 2 diabetes. People can develop a high blood sugar without realising they have a problem. This condition can be detected with a simple finger prick test which we are offering as part of ‘A Healthy You’ and early management can prevent the condition having a serious effect on your health.
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