You want your employees to stay
healthy. If they get sick, productivity level could be on the line. They can’t
perform the job well. They might also have a hard time focusing on the job. The
problem is that when you reprimand your employees about their lifestyle, they
might think of it as intrusion. You can maintain a professional relationship,
but you can’t force them to change their ways.
Sure, you can’t force everyone to
change, but there are ways to promote
healthy living among your employees.
Fill the pantry with healthy snacks
Your employees can’t demand what
should be in the pantry. The snacks there are for free. If you gradually fill
it with healthy options, they have no choice but to get what’s available. They
could also bring their own snacks. The point is that you introduce healthy
snacks, and it’s up to them to take what they want.
Offer wellness programs for free
Some of your employees might have gym
membership, and it’s a good thing. However, others don’t even care about
staying fit. It could be due to financial issues. They’re incapable of paying
the gym membership. The best thing to do is offer wellness programs for free.
There’s no more excuse for being unhealthy. Offer a variety of programs for
those who don’t like intense physical exercises. Yoga or Pilates could be an
You might not be aware of it, but
some of your employees use their time at
home to continue working. They deprive themselves of family time because
they have to keep working. You can say that it’s due to their failure to manage
their time, but it can also be due to the amount of work given. It’s unhealthy
for employees to spend a lot of time working in the office, but also continue
working at home. Not having enough time with family could also adversely affect
them. If possible, distribute the tasks well so no one gets overwhelmed.
Apart from physical health, you
should also pay
attention on mental health. You are fine and healthy, but they might be
going through a lot. Having a stable mental health is also crucial. Given this
pandemic, many people are on the edge. They couldn’t concentrate and the
uncertainty makes them feel terrible. Showing empathy is a good way to help
your employees feel better. They know that someone cares. It’s enough for them
to get through this tough time. Listen to them and avoid judgments. They might
have something important to say.
Staying healthy during this pandemic
is more important than ever. You might have vested interest in having healthy
employees, but it’s also about showing concern. You might want them to be
healthy and productive, but you also care about their well-being. Your
employees helped your business grow, and caring about their health is the least
you can do.
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