Just yesterday, our employees lined up for flu shots at our headquarters in Philadelphia. Most of our employees took advantage of the preventative medicine that we provided for them through a health agency and administered by a registered nurse.
Last week we offered our employees flu shots at our headquarters in Philadelphia. I’m happy to share that most of our employees took advantage of the preventative medicine.
There’s a lot of anxiety in the United States about the first confirmed case of Ebola – a severe,
often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. However, the experts are saying that the chance of Ebola spreading in the United States is close to zero.
Is there a “culture of safety” in your organization? A “culture of safety” is defined as “an organizational atmosphere where safety and health is understood to be, and is accepted as a high priority.
According to a study conducted by Walgreens, examining the effects of influenza (flu) on everyday life, this is the number of working days lost to sickness in the US during our last flu season.
Another work week is upon us and Arbill wants to help make sure that you continue to keep your employees and visitors safe. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3,063,400 recordable non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Private sector industry in the USA in 2010. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.
Here are 5 tips for positive workplace morale:
- Recognize special days -- This includes special times like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
Note: A birthday celebration does not have to include cake with fatty frosting and ice cream. Look for healthier treats, like fruit kabobs with yogurt dip, frozen fruit bars, Rice Krispie treats, or yogurt covered pretzels or raisins. There are tons of healthy dessert recipes out there, and just as many low-fat dessert products (like Skinny Cow™, which is Weight Watchers®-friendly).
- Recognize achievement -- Your employees appreciate being appreciated! If you establish an employee recognition program to officially acknowledge personal accomplishments and company milestones, your employees are going to work harder… and enjoy doing so.
- Recognize with words -- A simple “Thank you” or “Job well done” goes a long way. Show your employees you value their work on a daily basis with these simple words of gratitude.
- Recognize “lunch time” -- One of the best ways to promote company camaraderie is to take your employees out for (a healthy) lunch… on the house! Not only does it provide an opportunity for employees to get to know one another and build relationships, but it also gives everyone a chance to get out of the workplace a bit -- this boosts mood and rejuvenates mental and physical energy.
- Recognize individuality – Avoid always treating and referring to your employees as a whole. Treat them as individuals with personal acknowledgment and one-on-one meetings.
As a supplier of workplace safety equipment, training and consultation, we at Arbill can’t emphasize enough how important a healthy work environment is -- not only does a healthy workplace promote safety, but in the long run, it improves the success of your company! So make the health of your employees a top priority.
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Here are 5 tips to improve employee fitness and physical health:
- Look into a health-related program to promote physical activity and team building/camaraderie. Customized programs are proven to increase participants’ physical activity time by 35%. Include distribution of educational materials, counseling and training, friendly competition and goal-setting. The LIVESTRONG, Centers for Disease Control and National Corporate Wellness websites have excellent ideas and resources to get you started.
- Consider instating “flextime” -- flexible times for the beginning and end of each work day. If your employees have more flexibility in the hours they have to be in the workplace, there is more opportunity to engage in physical activity during the day. For example, flextime would allow for an employee to go to the gym in the morning, therefore arriving at and leaving work a little later. Taking lunch breaks at alternate times is also a nice flextime perk.
- Some gyms and fitness centers offer corporate partnership programs, in which case your employees would enjoy reduced membership costs. Do some research at your local fitness centers to see if this is an option for you.
- A few steps go a long way, so encourage employees to use the stairs instead of the elevator and to get up and move around as often as possible, within reason. Reinforce this encouragement with fun and friendly signs near the elevators.
- If your workplace and budget allow for it, look into installing a mini gym and showers so employees can get a workout without leaving the workplace.
If you need some motivation to start motivating your employees, here’s another staggering statistic:
According to the Wellness Council of America, sedentary living -- for example, sitting at a desk for eight or more hours a day -- costs us as a nation $150 billion in healthcare costs. These costs are paying for diseases that stem from not getting enough physical activity. WELCOA calculates that 15% of all U.S. healthcare cost is due to sedentary lifestyles, so if you want to calculate what physical inactivity is costing your company, all you have to do is take 15% of your total healthcare expenditures for a year and you’ll have your number.
That should be enough incentive to get your employees moving!
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But this isn’t just our opinion. According to Douglas LaBier, PhD and Psychology Today, the impact of an unhealthy workplace environment on the employee costs American companies $300 billion a year due to poor performance, absenteeism and health costs.
So this week on the Arbill Blog, we’re going to give you tips on how to enhance your employees’ performance and happiness -- and therefore, your company’s productivity and success -- by establishing a healthy workplace.
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