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Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


The author of this article on health and wellbeing in the workplace is Michaela.

Author: Michaela Resch

Date of Publication: 17/11/2022





On average, we spend more than 8 hours at work every day. This means that we spend more time with our co-workers and managers than with our friends and family members.


To most of us, work is a source of money but it also gives us a sense of purpose in life. We often build our closest social relationships at work, and sometimes a "work family" develops. Hence, when work takes such a big part of our lives, it is important to make health and well-being a priority, even in the workplace.

Why are health and well-being important at work?

Ever since the Covid pandemic affected and restricted all of us, companies have realized how important health and well-being are in the workplace. Mental health has also become more important due to the increasing number of work-related burnouts. A lot of European countries reported that a quarter of society has to deal with at least one mental health problem.


According to some statistics, the most common psychiatric disorders are depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Given these statistics, mental health problems should be seen by companies like physical problems. This is because they can be just as (if not more) debilitating. Nowadays, more organizations are realizing the importance of setting and maintaining a great health system. They are working hard on achieving employees’ health and well-being for the benefit of the whole company.


Advantages of making health and well-being a priority in the workplace

The benefits of health awareness for your people and your company are the following:


Meditation can improve mental health and increase concentration.


  • decrease in sick days

  • increase in employees’ motivation and performance

  • better work-life balance

  • improved team spirit

  • good office atmosphere

  • reduction in stress levels







How to improve and maintain your employees' health and well-being

The following tips are easy to implement in a corporate health system, with a big benefit to your team and company:


Fruits baskets at the office can encourage your employees to eat healthy.

Offering healthy food at your company can improve or maintain your employees' health.

  • launch health-days once a quarter

  • provide fruit baskets

  • cook together at lunch

  • offer a gym or discounts for gym sessions

  • free water and healthy juices at the office

  • discounts for yoga sessions

  • offer psychological support via special hotlines

  • host a company marathon or a step challenge

  • encourage regular health check-ups









Health (mental and physical) should be a high priority for everyone and in every company.

To get to the point, health should be a high priority for everyone and in every company. The work environment employees experience can either boost or hinder their performance and well-being. What’s more, it is proven that organizations that provide a healthy, happy, and caring work environment are the most successful. Hence, it is your job to make sure that the health system of your company is strong and present at all times!


 

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