Why it’s Important to Look After Employee Health and Wellbeing

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Health Shield always uses communications to convey how important it is to look after your employees health and wellbeing, but why?

There are so many reasons that underline the addition of a health cash plan to employee benefits.

Research suggests that a happy person works better and lives better. It’s a stressful world around us and sometimes it can be difficult to stay happy in all aspects of life, and to get a good work-life balance. Of course, working better can further improve your employees’ happiness if it leads to promotions or pay rises. So why not make them happy and look after their wellbeing. In return you should see your own benefits with reduced absence management levels.

There are people who say* that women are less happy than men and are more likely to take their troubles to work, and even quit their job if they didn’t feel valued, supported or have struggled to cope.

So how can you look after their health and wellbeing at work?

Talk. It’s a simple action done all day – but the important part is talking about what matters. It can help hugely in general wellbeing to just learn to let it out and deal with those times with others, rather than alone no matter how small. Everyone has moments when they feel overwhelmed and sometimes it helps to just talk to someone.

Eat Well. The better your employees eat the better they will feel about themselves and everything around them, mentally and physically. Provide a free fruit day in the office to promote healthy eating.

Have Fun. Friends and family – spend time with those your employees are close too, encourage them to let their hair down and have a laugh. Laughing as they say is infectious!

They deserve a break. We all know jobs need to be done, but sometimes a quick break can refresh you to be more productive. The job will still be there when you’ve relaxed for five minutes. Have a KitKat, or if the diet won’t allow the calories of a KitKat, have a piece of fruit.

Stay Active. Employees don’t need to run marathons but they can just go outside and take a stroll. They’ll get fresh air, they’ll get exercise and they’ll enjoy the sun (when it’s there!). There are experts that believe exercise releases chemicals in the body that make people feel good – so go grab those walking shoes!

Do something they love. It doesn’t matter what that is – they might not be great at it but it makes them smile.

Sleep. People do not do enough of this; there is always something that needs to be done, something they want to watch on TV, but trying to ensure and encourage you’re employees are getting enough sleep is essential in their wellbeing.

Everyone deserves to get the most out of themselves and their life and it’s amazing how one thing can affect everything else around you in your personal and professional life.

Take a moment to think about how your employees look after their wellbeing and what you do as a company to help, perhaps a Health Shield health cash plan could help you. Health Shield offers a range of health and wellbeing benefits including dental, optical and physiotherapy.


*Research conducted by ICM.