How To Keep People Happy And Healthy In The Workplace

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Are you fed up with not seeing the success you desire? Running a business should come with plenty of success and fulfillment. If you aren’t getting that, there might be one simple reason.

If you want to have a great New Year’s resolution in place to improve your business and its success, you will want to take better care of your employees. When you take good care of your employees, they will be happier in the workplace and perform better. A lot of this can come down to good nutrition. Where you can, you should always provide healthy meals made with lots of fruits, vegetables and plant based foods 

Using this guide, you can learn how to keep people happy and healthy in the workplace. This will help you achieve more success in your business and will set you on the path to start seeing the success you dream about. 

Invest In Yoga Sessions For The Team

There are tremendous benefits of yoga for corporate employees, including stress-busting and improved focus. Hence, it makes perfect sense to invest in group sessions. Your employees can bond and achieve better health and well-being. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years in various cultures around the world and is well known for having numerous health benefits, including the following:-

  • A calmer attitude and outlook on life.
  • Being more productive due to the relaxation helping with neutralising stress levels.
  • Clears the mind.
  • Makes the immune system stronger, therefore less sick days.
  • Builds strength, balance and flexibility, which may be something your employees need for their jobs depending on the field you’re in.
  • Gives you more energy in general, which helps productivity.  

You can book the afternoon off, which will no doubt make the staff very happy indeed. Then, everyone can focus on enjoying the session and taking downtime to elongate the session’s benefits afterwards.  

Offer Impressive Health Insurance Coverage 

Another way to increase employee happiness in your corporate business is by offering great health insurance coverage.

Offer a broad-based health insurance plan that is clearly communicated to employees. Include in that plan access to preventive health care, mental health, and wellness incentives. Make certain employees are aware of the benefits provided and empowered to use them. This will give them peace of mind as they’ll understand they have health support whenever they need it. 

Encourage Healthier Eating At Work

Think about healthy eating initiatives, which could include creating a workplace culture that incorporates healthy eating habits. This could include offering healthier snack options or even educating staff on healthier food choices.

Maybe even consider partnering with local vendors to provide healthier meal options. This not only encourages physical well-being but also establishes a healthy food environment for your co-workers and provides a positive work environment. Eating the right food, what is considered ‘brain food’ is obviously going to help productivity. Brain foods are foods high in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids and can include the following:-

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Salads with lots of greens.
  • Nuts.
  • Seeds.
  • Avocados. 
  • Legumes and beans.

Offer Support When It Comes To Mental Health

Acknowledge the importance of mental health by providing access to counselling services and resources. Create a stigma-free environment where employees feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns.

Implement mental health days, mindfulness programs, and employee resource groups to support mental well-being. When people are feeling happy, they become more productive in all areas of their lives, including work.

Good mental health is also associated with a positive mental attitude, confidence and the ability to communicate what could be great ideas and suggestions to help your company become more successful.

Sound mind and mental health also comes from the eating of healthy foods like those on the list above. Good food, exercise, daylight and support from a qualified counsellor are are vital for people’s health. Where possible, be sure you have lots of natural light streaming into your office or place of work. Sunlight helps boost serotonin, the brain’s happy hormone, and thus helps with depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

The Importance Of Sunlight

Depending on where in the world you live, you may be subject to very short daylight hours in the Winter. This can often lead to employees going to work in the dark in the morning and leaving after dark at night. If there is no natural light in the workplace, it means they may be exposed to zero daylight at these times of the year. This in turn can affect hormones and happiness, not to mention circadiun rhythms.

Where possible, be sure that you have lots of light in your offices or place of work. Natural sunlight is vital to mental health in many ways and the act of light hitting the the retina triggers a serotonin boost. That’s why in countries like Norway and Sweden, where they have little natural light during the winter months, they offer light houses for people to visit and sit in for an hour or so after work. These people have an understanding about how vital light is to health.

Sunlight also helps with the body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is often low in those who suffer SAD (seasonal affective Disorder) and so even 10 minutes a day on an area of skin as small as the forearm can be enough exposure to get vitamin D quota. Try to keep windows clear from obstructions such as blinds, curtains and furniture.

Face desks towards and near the the windows as much as possible and clear some out door spacing for tea breaks, maybe with an outside heater. These are all great ways to encourage your workers to absorb more daylight.

Implement An EAP

EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program. This is where the company provides professional assistance to employees for personal and work challenges they may be facing. It is a confidential service, as no one wants their own personal life shared with co-workers.  Communicate the availability of EAP services. Emphasize to employees that you’re committed to supporting them through difficult times.

Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

Offer flexible work arrangements that work for a range of employee needs, which could possibly include remote work options, flexible hours, compressed workweeks, or job-sharing arrangements. Empower your employees to balance their busy schedules by providing a healthy work-life balance. Understand that flexibility in hours and working conditions makes employees happier and more committed.

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