Healthier Employees = Safer Workplaces
It’s no secret that a safe workplace boosts employee health. It helps staff avoid injuries and diseases, which leads to better productivity and fewer injury-related costs.
So, could the reverse also be true? Can a healthier workforce lead to a safe workplace? It’s a question worth asking as workplace-related injuries cost our economy nearly $62 billion and employers are paying up to five per cent of that price tag!
But how are your employees hurting themselves at work? The latest figures from Safe Work Australia show that the top two incidents involve body stress (which result in aches and pain) and slips, trips and falls.
Health-related factors can cause some of these injuries, including:
Tiredness, fatigue and stress
Mental health conditions
Decreased flexibility and mobility
Did you notice how a healthier lifestyle can prevent these causes?
That’s why we’re sharing our top tips on how to promote a safer environment through better wellbeing. Here are three simple ways:
Muscle and bone weaken with less movement, and the weaker these are, the more likely will mobility and flexibility suffer. Getting your people moving is vital. It could be as simple as doing desk stretches, standing up, or scheduling walking breaks. Regular exercise and movement not only keep the body in tip-top shape, but it is also proven to relieve stress.
Just as you would never fill up your car with the wrong type of fuel, so too should you only put in the right fuel in your body. At work, stocking your kitchen with wholesome, healthy options (like fruit and wholegrain snacks) can go a long way to encourage healthy eating.
Not only will employees feel better, but they’ll also enjoy the benefits such as reduced anxiety, stress and an improved mood.
Want to reduce the tiredness, fatigue and stress that employees experience? Create a good work environment, both physically and culturally.
Try getting more natural light in, creating open spaces, introducing standing desks and providing areas for quiet time such as meditation rooms. The Australian government also encourages the establishment of smoke-free workplaces.
When it comes to your work culture, nothing beats keeping the work-life balance. Provide flexible working arrangements, be realistic about outputs you expect from your employees and be ready to give staff time off if they need it. This will help your workforce stay focused when they are at work.
Put the link between wellbeing and a safe workplace to good use. Prevent severe injuries and illness by getting your employees moving, helping them eat better and work smarter.