Health and Wellbeing is terminology that has been around for a few years now and if we think about it properly, we realise it’s not just for the ‘holistic’ practitioners amongst us. Additionally, it is not separate to a good Health and Safety culture but rather, an essential part of it. A healthier workforce can mean a wealthier business.
Here at All About People, we encourage our team to have the best work/life balance they can. Most of us have families, some with young children, some have volunteer work they do during normal work hours, some have other work they like to be available for; all busy people who need to stay healthy.
Taking it personally, good health and wellbeing 24/7 will help us be more productive at home and at work, and to be there for others. The benefits of such practice include:
- Being more alert at work
- Being present (physically, emotionally and supportingly)
- Lasting the distance
- Being happier and have good self esteem
- Being more productive and efficient
- A better earning potential
- Having successful relationships
- Being fit and healthy
- Having plenty of time to do the things we love
If we have many of those in place, we will be able to make our workplaces safer, help keep others safe and well too, and feel great at the end of the day.
It is a commitment to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing first. From the time we wake up in the morning until we retire to rest (and those sleeping hours in between – how comfortable is your bed?); it is an ongoing attitude with established habits you won’t even think about.
Some good Wellbeing habits to get into are:
- You’ve given yourself enough quality sleep - and wake feeling refreshed
- You eat a good, protein based breakfast – and sit down to eat it
- You allow enough time to get to work – minimize travelling stress
- Your workspace, tools or vehicles are set up correctly – consult your occupational recommendations eg, chair, computer screens, lighting, tool tag and testing, vehicle WOFs/COFs, hazards and risks are identified
- You like your job – if not consider a change
- You take adequate breaks, stretches, fresh air, refreshments etc – regularly and mindfully
- You eat a healthy lunch and drink plenty of water – and avoid that mid-afternoon slump
- You exercise most days – even a walk at lunchtime will help
- You spend time with positive people – it rubs off on you!
- You plan for fun times like outings, holidays, sports, entertaining – a good balance in your life is key
Sharing advice such as this with your workers can help them have improved work lives. As a Director or Manager you can work on your own habits, but try increasing these conversations with your people. Workplaces are the ideal setting to encourage healthier behaviours.
Worksafe New Zealand has published a resource "Health isn't just physical" about the importance of good mental health and wellbeing at work. It is well worth reading and discussing with your management team.
For help on how to improve your workplace health and wellbeing culture contact us on 0800 023 789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki Davidson, All About People Business Development Online Marketing