Employee well-being should be a top priority for every business. Your workforce is one of your biggest assets, which means taking good care of them is an important way of nurturing your organization as a whole.
Staff illness and absence has a major impact on business success. In fact, U.S. companies lose an estimated $530 billion every year due to illness-relatively decreases in productivity. If you want to protect your business, take a look at these four ways to ensure your office employees remain healthy:
1. Prevent the Spread of Infection
2. Optimize Air Quality
3. Minimize Stress
4. Use Ergonomic Furniture
As we’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, stopping the spread of infection is essential if you want to prevent large numbers of people from becoming unwell. If a worker comes into the office with a cold, for example, it won’t be long until their teammates and wider colleagues contract the same illness.
However, there are ways you can reduce the risk of illnesses spreading in the workplace. Using BarrierLab’s cubicle panel extenders can increase privacy in open-plan workspaces and reduce the likelihood of illnesses being transmitted from one person to another. Similarly, making hand sanitizer widely available and negating the need for employees to share equipment can help to minimize the spread of illnesses.
When air quality is reduced, it can increase the likelihood of people becoming unwell. From viruses spreading more easily to allergies and respiratory issues, the air quality in your office could be increasing employee sickness levels.
Ideally, you’ll want to facilitate the flow of fresh air into your office, which means leaving windows and doors open, if it’s possible to do so. If you have an air conditioning unit pumping air into the office, be sure to upgrade the filters and replace them regularly. In addition to this, having HVAC systems and ducts cleaned regularly can help to improve employee health.
Stress can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and emotional well-being, and it can cause or exacerbate a number of other health-related issues. By taking steps to minimize the pressure that your employees are under, you can cultivate a happier working environment and ensure that workers remain healthy.
This can be achieved in various ways, including managing workflows more effectively, making sure targets are realistic and taking a flexible approach to staffing. By encouraging staff to enjoy their downtime and take regular breaks, for example, you can reduce their stress levels and enhance their well-being.
Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability around the world and, every year, more than 264 million workdays are lost in the U.S. due to the condition. As office workers typically spend much of their day at a desk, it’s important to ensure that their posture isn’t contributing to pain or discomfort. By using ergonomic office furniture, for example, you can provide a safe working environment for your staff and reduce the risk of them developing related illnesses, such as back pain or neck pain.
Protecting Your Workforce
As the old saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’, so don’t wait until your employees become unwell to start making changes. By taking action now, you can safeguard your workforce, protect your business and give your staff the safe and supportive working environment they deserve.