Although there is value in money, nothing is worth more than your health. Without your health, you can’t enjoy the joys that life has to offer. Keeping your employees healthy should be a top priority as a business owner. As their employer, you owe them a safe working environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some of the best things you can do to keep your employees healthy and happy.
Post Signs And Labels
One of the biggest causes of employee injuries are hazards that could have been avoided by hanging up a sign, warning employees of hazards. It helps your workers stay aware of the dangers around them by pointing out areas that they should be particularly cautious in.
For example, if something contains hazardous materials, or they risk being shocked by electricity, a sign can help save someone from being seriously injured. The same goes for labeling boxes and containers that may hurt someone if they aren’t aware of its contents.
Encourage Physical Activity
Some jobs are more active than others. If you are running a business that requires your employees to sit in the same position for long hours at a time, it’s helpful to encourage some kind of physical activity in between. While you may not be able to force them to engage in physical activity, you can encourage it.
Consider creating some kind of incentive program which encourages movement. For example, some companies introduce fitness bracelets like Fitbits into the workplace. Employees are encouraged to compete with each other for who gets the most amount of steps per day. A bit of healthy competition can be a fun way to encourage physical activity.
Encourage Employees to Stay Home When Ill
When everyone is working in the same small space, all it takes is one sick employee to get everyone ill.
It’s important that you encourage your employees to self-isolate when they aren’t feeling well. By encouraging them to stay home when sick, you’ll avoid them taking advantage of sick days when they aren’t, in fact, sick.
If you have older employees, it’s especially important that you encourage them to get their flu shots. Flu season is one of the most dangerous times of the year and can infect a large majority of your employees if not taken seriously. Sick employees mean time and money lost. Encourage them to practice self-care!
Keep Healthy Snacks At Work
If you have snacks available for your employees, you should make sure that they’re healthy. Rather than loading up vending machines with chips and candy, consider opting for fruit and vegetables instead. Opt for water over sodas and high sugar juices, and you’ll see a huge difference in your employees’ health.