Millions of people around the world spend at least 8 hours every day on the same desk. It can put a lot of stress not only on the body but also on the mind of the employee which causes lifestyle diseases. To avoid any type of health issue at workplace here
is a list of easy-to follow tips that can help you and your employees have a healthy lifestyle.
· Healthy choices:
The randomly packed snacks like chips and other items should be avoided at a workplace.They not add a few hundred calories to your daily diet but also increase the chances of illness in long run.
You can have a healthy food options in the cafeteria or a small fruit or salad bar in the office a part of healthy lifestyle choices.
· Stay hydrated:
Encourage employees to drink at least 10 glasses of water every day. If possible provide reminder bottles at every desk. These bottles have a timer which reminds a person to drink water.
· Get Active:
Yes, it is possible during work hours. There are a lot of exercises which employees can do during their work hours itself. Stretching exercises at your desk or what we can call “deskercises” can help in relaxing neck, backbone and eyes. Taking stairs instead of elevators, walking during the lunch time, etc. can be good options.
· Have multiple break time:
Apart from lunch time, allow your employees to move from their desk once in a while. Let them have a cup of coffee or a small
chat with the person in the next cubical for 5-7 minutes. It will reduce the stress.
· Disinfect the hardware:
Computers, desks, tables, chair, etc are usually the favorite places of germs. Make sure to clean them with good disinfectant at least thrice a week apart from the regular cleaning.
· Employee Wellness Programs:
An organization should invest on employee wellness programs. It serves a twofold advantage,for employees, it improves a sense of trust in the company; whereas for employers it serves as an important tool for employee engagement.
Another important objective of an employee wellness program is to include corporate health checkups for improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their workforce. With such health screenings an early detection of all potential health risks is assured. The corporate health checkup helps reduce absenteeism because of sickness and increase morale and productivity in turn.
To many of us our workplace is almost like a second home. There is no harm in adopting minor lifestyle changes that have positive effects on health. Employee wellness programs with lifestyle adjustments and support can help reap long term life enhancing benefits.