People often do things that promote an unhealthy lifestyle and then wonder why their doctor bills are high, and their health insurance rates keep going up. Sure, some of the rising costs of healthcare can be blamed on the industry. However, living healthy can cut down on healthcare costs. The same principle rings true at work as it does at home.
If you want to keep your group health insurance rates as low as possible, you may want to consider what you can do to create a healthier work environment. After all, healthier, happier employees are also more productive. Below we look at some tips for creating a healthier work environment.
1. Clean and Sanitize Your Workspace
When was the last time you gave your workspace a thorough scrub? If it’s been a while, you may be terrified at what germs, dirt, and grime have settled throughout the inside of your building. Here are some dirt-gathering areas you can focus on to clean your workspace.
- Carpets and rugs
- HVAC vents
- Office furniture and equipment
- Windows (including curtains and blinds)
- Bathroom, kitchen (break room), and plumbing fixtures
- Individual workspaces
Once you clean the area, you can reinforce a clean workspace by purchasing air and water filtration systems. You may also want to schedule a routine professional cleaning periodically.
2. Promote Wellness
Here’s the rule: Nobody wants to promote wellness until someone fosters wellness. Then everybody wants to jump on the wellness bandwagon. Employee wellness programs can include some or all of the following strategies:
- Offering health assessments
- Providing info and resources (including food) on nutrition and health
- Increasing physical activity
- Offering help or resources for addiction
- Getting employees involved in mental health activities
- Developing in-office strategies for creating a positive workspace
Generally speaking, wellness refers to a work environment conducive to all employees and health and well-being. There are endless ways that you can either promote wellness organically or develop wellness programs.
3. Embrace a Work-Life Balance
Chances are, you are the most motivated person in your organization. You spend the most time thinking about the company. You get up early and stay at work late. You work on the weekends. You constantly text or email the other team members. When you enter the office, you’re the person who has to motivated everyone else. Plus, you frequently ask your team to go the extra mile.
Believe it or not, this mode of work is not healthy. Your employees are probably less productive if they are overworked and overstressed. Therefore, you need to establish a proper work-life balance that works for you and your team. Sure, there are seasons where you need to push your team a little harder. However, these moments should be the exception and not the rule.
Here are some easy ways to promote work-life balance:
- Offer flexible and remote working.
- Encourage managers to focus on productivity rather than hours.
- Encourage breaks.
- Regularly review workloads.
- Lead by example…take a break.
- Give employees time to volunteer.
- Reconsider time off.
- Increase support for parents.
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