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Creating Good Health in the Workplace

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Figures just released from the Office of National Statistics, show that on average, each UK worker took 4.4 days off in 2013 as a result of sickness, compared to 7.2 days off in 1993. This fall in absenteeism will be good news for employers,yet ‘duvet day’s’ and losing staff to long term sicknessand stress can still be a major problem for many UK businesses. Sickness absence costs UK employers around £12.2 per year.

However, research shows that companies who benefit from good overall management and invest in strategies for encouraging health in the workplace, benefit from higher productivity and less sickness absenteeism. So how can you improve the health of your employees, and reap the rewards of increased attendance and productivity? We’ve put together a few tips.

  • Invest in healthy eating. Canteens offering nutritious food, dispensing machines offering healthy snacks, and healthy eating challenges and rewards will improve the general health of your staff.
  • Encourage staff to drink more water! The installation of water coolers can help prevent sickness and increase concentration and productivity in workers, providing economic benefits to the company as a whole.
  • Provide free gym membership. With many illnesses and diseases stemming from physical inactivity, employee gym membership improves health and fitness.
  • If certain employees are consistently absent through sickness, attempt to get to the bottom of the problem rather than just issuing threats and warnings.
  • Provide incentives and rewards for full attendance.

Create workplace ‘health champions’ and encourage initiatives such as charity runs and