Business is considered the backbone of today’s workforce. However, this is not the case. Today’s workforce is the real backbone of the industry. One common trend in successful businesses is the health of its workforce. A healthy company runs due to its robust workforce. Employees can reduce sick leaves, absenteeism, retain talent, and increase individual and organizational strength only because of their excellent health. The key to a productive and efficient workforce is a healthy workforce.
Stress is the primary factor for the deteriorating health and well-being if many employees today. Unhappiness, ill health, and stress together contribute significantly to the loss of work commitments and productivity towards jobs. People who stay fit, work out regularly, practice yoga, do meditation, eat healthily, and have healthy financial, mental, and emotional stabilities can stay happier and more efficient at work. Many corporates conduct numerous programs like mandatory offline breaks, in-house fitness, and meditation programs, scheduled reminders, and so on to help with the mental health and well-being of their employees. These programs help in decreasing anxiety, work stress, and psychological fatigue caused due to stressful and long jobs.
Let us look at how healthy workforces can benefit the company in the long term with some of the causes for ill health and decreases in efficiency and productivity.
Unhealthy food and bad eating habits:
Most people have incredibly unhealthy eating habits while working. If they’re hungry, they prefer going to the vending machine and buying a packet of potato wafers or crisps instead of eating a salad or fruit. Small instances like this deteriorate the general health of workers and aid in the rise of stomach ulcers, acidity, high blood pressure, and so on. It is widely known that consuming healthy food helps in maintaining a healthy body. Adding insult to injury is the constant stress that most people face on a daily basis.
Most people avoid eating due to high work pressures, deadlines, meetings, prior commitments and so on. Some workers also either overload on caffeine or consume it at the wrong time of day, thinking it will get them through a hectic day. This can often result in a variety of side effects like insomnia, increased heart rate and an over-active brain. So telling your employees to hold back on the energy drinks or coffee beans should actually help with their day at work.
A well balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for a healthy body and mind. Now, most companies have set nutritious menus in their canteens where they invite people to eat during regular lunch hours, take breaks, mingle, and de-stress. Some Human Resources teams have also taken initiatives to promote healthy eating through regular emails with balanced diet recipes, low sodium food lists, diabetes-friendly sugar substitutes, and so on.
Shift work sleep disorder:
Shift work sleep disorder is a fairly common disorder in today’s fast-paced work environments. It is an affliction caused due to a disruption in the natural circadian rhythm (sleep times and phases). This is most common in people working in shifts like the afternoon and night shifts at work. Shift work sleep disorder is characterized by daytime drowsiness, daytime sleepiness, short periods of time when the mind loses focus due to less sleep, and insomnia. This is caused because of intermittent sleeping, ever-changing shift times, and rotating shift cycles. People with this affliction also tend to sleep during work hours, anytime during the day, and continuously face fatigue, exhaustion, and reduced production levels.
The medicine for shift work sleep disorder is an orally administered pill called Modafinil. Modafinil should be consumed with a few sips of water and helps in controlling daytime sleepiness and insomnia in people. Modafinil helps stimulate the brain enabling it to remain awake and alert during work hours. It also works on other sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea, daytime drowsiness, and narcolepsy. Modafinil is not a cure for shift work sleep disorder but helps in staying awake during work hours so that you can work efficiently and productively.
Employee absenteeism is known to be one of the reasons for loss of productive work time and efficiency. Many employees today suffer from chronic stress, anxiety, hypertension, and high blood pressure. These people are bound to suffer since they do not get enough rest. As a result, employees fall ill often and are often absent from work. On the other hand, people who lead fit and healthy lives are known to be happier, more productive, and take joy in their daily work and work life. Healthy employees recover from illnesses faster and are at a lower risk of getting permanent afflictions due to ill health.
Business can assist in improving the health of the workforce through motivational emails, discounted coupons to gyms, healthy food recipes, and promotion codes to health food clinics. Helping the workforce on their journey towards a healthy lifestyle can help companies make a direct impact on the long-term benefits of their bottom lines.