Why are Workplace Health Checks so Important?
The health of a workforce is something that should be high on the agenda of every organisation who wants to attract, engage and retain talent. This is for many reasons. One of the main being that it demonstrates to employees that they are a valued part of a company and that their employer cares. Our employee feedback clearly shows this really matters.
A Healthy Workforce
A healthy workforce is one that’s engaged, more productive and not absent. Even if a member of staff comes to work when they don’t feel well, they won’t be as productive as they could be. This not only costs companies money, but it also makes for unhappy employees. For any business for this reason alone, we say that it’s always important to have those people who work for you fit, healthy and happy. This is done through creating a work culture that promotes health through all aspects of life. Since most of us spend most of our adult life at work, it’s no surprise that we want to be happy & healthy in our workplace!
As an employer, health and wellbeing needs to be more than just making staff happy at work. However, the good news is that promoting health at work can make an employee more productive too. So, where should you start when it comes to implementing a powerful health and wellbeing programme?
We say the foundation of health promotion at work is awareness. Our confidential 1-2-1 workplace health checks can identify health problems early; before they become serious enough to take a person off work.
Our health checks usually comprise of a combination of tests, which aim to give the individual a general overview of their health status and help to detect disease or risk factors early. Any issues can then be followed up with a GP, which is important as many people may suspect that they have a health issue but have not undergone medical tests.
The Benefits of Employee Workplace Health Checks
One of the most important benefits of employee health screening is PREVENTION. It’s all about detecting health issues that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Blood pressure and cholesterol tests can identify employees at higher risk for heart disease and once we are AWARE of our risk factors, we can do something about it. Both of these conditions can be treated with lifestyle modifications. When these problems are addressed early, it may prevent a future heath issue that could take an employee off work for weeks or even worse.
Simple blood glucose checks help to identify staff that may have diabetes or are at risk. An employee can have type 2 diabetes and not be aware of it since the symptoms are often subtle. Screening can also pick up blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but aren’t yet in the diabetic range, so pre-diabetetic. Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and many other health problems as well.
Health Screening Helps Employees Adopt Healthier Lifestyle Habits
Workplace health checks contribute to better staff health by encouraging employees to reassess their lifestyle habits. Awareness is the first step to change. When a company places a priority on health, their staff are often motivated to look more closely at their lifestyle, exercise and dietary choices – all of which will have a positive impact. By knowing they have high blood pressure for instance, they’ll be encouraged to make the lifestyle changes needed to correct the problem, and even see a GP if necessary. We have various pathways depending on the outcome of their workplace health check and many immediate interventions available.
Our findings show that the main benefits of health checks at work to individuals are:
- Access to health information
- Reduced health risks
- Improved performance
- Better mental & physical health.
Employers can reap benefits too with our health ad lifetyle follow-ups as we help employees modify their health behaviours and lifestyle, whether it is through guidance on how to lose weight, move more, get fit, de-stress and even relax more and sleep better! Eliminating bad habits can significantly improve overall staff health. Through our health checks and follow-up coaching programmes we can also help understand the stresses and strains individuals are under in their role, so helping potentially to assess and tackle work-related stress too.
Employees Appreciate it
Our feedback show that employees feel good when their employer takes an interest in their health. We have also found that the process of carrying out a health check is one thing but finding someone who is independent; who understands their worries or concerns, and can talk them through what the results might mean, is massively as important.
A workplace wellbeing program promotes goodwill among staff because it demonstrates their employer cares about their wellbeing. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. Companies benefit by having employees that are healthier and focused on being productive rather than dealing with health issues. Employees feel recognised and looked after on site. And if you choose to bolt on Perk Days too – staff also feel rewarded.
Know Your Numbers
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) encourage workplaces to take steps to improve the health of their employees:
“Interventions are highly cost effective and have a multitude of benefits. Not all employees are as health conscious as they should be.”
A workplace health & wellbeing program gives employees health feedback they might not otherwise get. This can motivate them to make better lifestyle choices, change behaviours and prevent future health problems. Feedback from our workshops indicate that this is why more companies are choosing to introduce regular health checks at work. They want to prevent, protect, engage and show they care for their staff; their number one asset.
The Know Your Numbers Campaign refers to key markers of heart health, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, BMI and waist circumference. By knowing your numbers, understanding what they mean and keeping them within a healthy range, you can greatly improve your heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Tonic can help employees to understand, improve and maintain their numbers, through our workplace health checks.
Get in touch today for help with your workplace health and wellbeing needs. Visit our website or email us firstname.lastname@example.org