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Looking At Your Employees’ Health In A New Way

Published July 13, 2018

Remember that there is much more to good health than not sneezing or coughing. A healthy employee is a happy employee.

Now, companies are all about focusing on profit, and money.

And the old stereotype is that a company will neglect the health of their employees to make a profit.

Well, what they don’t know, is that this will make them earn less money, not more.

So, if you are one of those companies that only want to make a profit no matter what, you should still care about the health of your employees – you will make more money that way!

All across the world, companies are investing more and more in the health and well-being of their employees.

For example, a recent survey actually confirms this. It found that 48.4 percent of people understand that their physical health is directly connected to their mental health. And mental health is connected with work performance.

So, if you’re thinking of improving your profit margins, or just want to take better care of the people that work for you, read on and see what five areas and tips we recommend you focus on.

1. Financial Stability

While that steady paycheck you give out to your employees every month does take care of their financial needs, it still doesn’t help those who might have trouble with their budgeting!

Financial security and the sense of being in control help a great deal to relieve the stresses. Stress has tremendous effects on employee health.

You cannot do much to change bad spending habits of some of your employees. But you can lower that spending by offering healthy and affordable food alternatives in the office.

On top of that, you can also invest in programs and seminars that’ll teach your employees basic saving and budgeting tips that’ll make them wiser spenders.

2. Environment

It is not the same if you work in an old, mouldy, smelly place with no proper lights or in a beautiful office with big windows. Workplace matters a lot. And it is not that hard to make it pleasant.

Take a simple solution like the Odour Control system. This automatic, wall-mounted air freshener dispenses a measured dose of fragrance at intervals that you can program and control.

Our sense of smell greatly affects our mood. So, these will allow you to fill your workplace with scents that comfort and relax your employees, subtly making them feel better while eliminating any unpleasant odours that may also affect their mood.

3. Handling life better

Now, working in an office may sometimes feel like a never-ending Sisyphean task to survive. But, it doesn’t have to be.

You should offer your employees a way to cope, to better handle things like these. You could, perhaps, organise a couple of seminars and lectures, so that you can help your employees cope better.

These seminars could help them with time management, organisational skills, learning how to manage stress and maintain healthy habits. And that’s just some of the stuff you can do.

There are many training programs that will give your employees a little extra when it comes to their day-to-day.

A first aid course, for example, is empowering and makes employees feel more in control in the face of any emergencies that might befall them in and outside work.

A course on almost anything essentially relating to security will equip your office and your employees with a deeper sense of safety and confidence.

4. Being Clean

Now, getting your employees a gym membership could be a great idea, as are a couple of seminars. But, the ugly truth is that one of the most neglected areas relating to health is quite simple – its hygiene.

Indeed, poor health can truly come from bad hygiene, it happens, and it’s not pretty. And yet, it’s incredibly simple to fix.

Installing hygienic systems like that on-offer from Alsco’s air freshener line make for a tough stance against contaminants and bacteria that tends to float around your office.

Alsco’s Fresh & Clean offers a thorough assessment that will allow us to offer you products and services that are tailor-made for your company and your employees’ needs in mind.

5. The Importance of Feelings

What a person feels inside often dictates the way they act. Inability to deal with some feelings can drastically decrease your employee’s well being. You may want to offer some help.

Now, this may not be as easy as you thought. Indeed, your employees are actual people, individuals, each one of them as complex as the last.

What you should do here is to help them feel comfortable. Advise and even encourage them to visit the HR representative, or maybe even get some counselling if things seem a bit grim.

Do not underestimate the impact of psychological trauma on your employee wellbeing.

For over 50 years, Alsco has been the only company to call on when you need a wide range of reliable, affordable, and highly personalised services for your business. Alsco covers a whole gamut of services from commercial linen to uniform rentals.

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