Keeping your Employees Healthy

Keeping your Employees Healthy

Successful businesses are increasing their focus on the health of their workers. Historically, this use to be the sole responsibility of the employee. However, the stress to perform at work compounded with the everyday issues of family /public life, job efficiency and productivity will affect any worker. A healthy employee needs to be biologically and psychologically balanced to be beneficial. This article will illustrate things businesses do to keep workers healthy. The places they get sick and things being done to ameliorate and maintain a healthy work environment.
More businesses seem to be endorsing the concept of a cafeteria with healthy menu. This Ensures that the workers have a balanced and healthy menu to choose from with limited or no junk food choices. Junk food at work have been scientifically proven to slow metabolism increase lethargic behavior, which in turns slow productivity among workers.
A good business practice is allotting the worker adequate break time at work. An efficient worker is derived not from allowing him/her to work straight through a shift, but to give adequate relax time in between. The worker will use that time in whatever way deemed suitable as long as it’s not job related.
A few take the health of their employees a step further and employ an on-site psychologist. When the pressures of the workplace and life in general becomes unbearable the worker has the choice of confiding in a professional who can assist with the various issues they have to deal with.
Other sporadically employ masseuses to physically engage their employees. This approach sometimes alleviates stressful situations.
So far, the focus has mainly been on the psychological/ biological problems and solutions of the employee in the workplace. This next list constitutes the physical places at work and in public that employees are more susceptible to illness and what is being done by businesses to lower the risks of illness.
1. Restrooms: If cleaned and sanitized regularly, for example, every half hour, its no longer is a breeding ground for germs and viruses. Consequently, there will be a reduction in some illnesses among workers
2. Front/Information Desk: This is an area of high traffic. It is usually the first point of contact for every on entering the business. Its needs hourly cleaning and a constant supply of fresh disposable napkins.
3. Cafeteria: This area that needs to adhere to strict healthy guidelines. Since it could be more or less considered a main branch properly working business it requires a constantly clean environment, clean food and hygienic workers.
4. Parks: Its location requires cleaning to be frequent and thorough due to the availability of air and water borne diseases
5. Door knobs: The entrances to all room doors are good agents for spreading illnesses. This is a very difficult medium to control and cleaning it after each use would be illogical. In this arena, education is key.
If these precautions aren’t taken there will be more incidents of employees getting sick at work with common contagious illnesses such as influenza, gastroenteritis. The more extreme yet less commonly know viruses in the workplace are c-coli, ebola and Hepatitis.
Nowadays it is a trend among businesses to aid in keeping its employees healthy. It has been proven that this approach has short and long term benefits to the company. The employee/employer relationship is improved while the employer is able to get more output for each worker.