• Well-being: how keeping employees fit can lead to healthy profits

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ID:	312This week is Great Britain health and wellbeing week! With 1 in 6 workers in Great Britain suffering from mental health issues, it’s important we focus on encouraging positive mental health in the workplace.

    Health and wellbeing mean different things to all of us but the World Health Organisation defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease". So being healthy is about more than just the food you put in your body or the exercise you do. This is where wellbeing comes in. Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life


    So why is fostering good health and welling important for business? The Labour Force Survey found the total number of working days lost due to stress alone in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This is a huge loss of productivity and ultimately profits across the UK.

    I wanted to share this article from Management Today that has some practical tips on how you can boost wellbeing in the workforce and the impact this can have on productivity and profitability. You can read the article here and I’ve summarised the key recommendations below.

    Change your environment. Stress is a physical response to situations, so work to improve things both physical and cultural. Run surveys to get a picture of how engaged your workforce is now; and assess the work environment and any organisational changes you’re planning, in terms of how it will affect people both mentally and physically.

    Offer support. As well as investing in career development, be specific about how you are going to improve wellbeing. Offer sessions in mindfulness, massage and yoga, or stress management and mental health awareness. Make it easy for people to exercise and eating well at work. And highlight how to get help for stress and anxiety: men, especially, have been found to be more likely to accept support if someone else has told them to do so.

    Be alert to presenteeism. Make sure your managers can spot which employees are battling flu, suppressing a migraine or shouldering stress. Stress carries physical signs just like colds and flu do: they include anger and crying, lethargy, mood swings, food cravings and fainting spells.

    Lead from the top. If the boss is shivering at the spreadsheets, it’ll send the message that others must follow suit. So they have to take a day off. Wellbeing, through good health and safety leadership, has to be embedded in the culture, so if top-brass still need convincing, show them how it can make their P&L more healthy.

    What strategies are you employing within your business to boost your workforce's health and wellbeing?

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Amy

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Name:	gb-wellbeing-week-2017_orig.png 
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ID:	312This week is Great Britain health and wellbeing week! With 1 in 6 workers in Great Britain suffering from mental health issues, it’s important we focus on encouraging positive mental health in the workplace.

    Health and wellbeing mean different things to all of us but the World Health Organisation defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease". So being healthy is about more than just the food you put in your body or the exercise you do. This is where wellbeing comes in. Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life


    So why is fostering good health and welling important for business? The Labour Force Survey found the total number of working days lost due to stress alone in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This is a huge loss of productivity and ultimately profits across the UK.

    I wanted to share this article from Management Today that has some practical tips on how you can boost wellbeing in the workforce and the impact this can have on productivity and profitability. You can read the article here and I’ve summarised the key recommendations below.

    Change your environment. Stress is a physical response to situations, so work to improve things both physical and cultural. Run surveys to get a picture of how engaged your workforce is now; and assess the work environment and any organisational changes you’re planning, in terms of how it will affect people both mentally and physically.

    Offer support. As well as investing in career development, be specific about how you are going to improve wellbeing. Offer sessions in mindfulness, massage and yoga, or stress management and mental health awareness. Make it easy for people to exercise and eating well at work. And highlight how to get help for stress and anxiety: men, especially, have been found to be more likely to accept support if someone else has told them to do so.

    Be alert to presenteeism. Make sure your managers can spot which employees are battling flu, suppressing a migraine or shouldering stress. Stress carries physical signs just like colds and flu do: they include anger and crying, lethargy, mood swings, food cravings and fainting spells.

    Lead from the top. If the boss is shivering at the spreadsheets, it’ll send the message that others must follow suit. So they have to take a day off. Wellbeing, through good health and safety leadership, has to be embedded in the culture, so if top-brass still need convincing, show them how it can make their P&L more healthy.

    What strategies are you employing within your business to boost your workforce's health and wellbeing?

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Amy