There are ‘Easy Ways to Increase Company Profits’ without breaking the bank and often the most overlooked and simple to institute. Have you ever considered how many hours a year your employees take in sick time? And just how much that affects your overall bottom line? If yours is like the vast majority of companies in South Africa the numbers are a lot higher than you’d like. The cost attributed to this negative fact is often under-calculated resulting in reduced profits.
Employers can help improve well-being in the workplace by creating a corporate wellness program that encourages employees to pay more attention to their health and proper health practices. This will obviously include any specific rules and regulations that are in place to protect employees physically while actively engaged in work but should not be limited to that. Here are just a few ideas
General Health and Safety Reminders
Even in a standard office environment there are some health and safety basics that employees should be made aware of, and reminded about, that can help safeguard their well-being while at work. Simple things like lifting a heavy box of documents incorrectly or having the volume on a headset too loud can cause physical damage, and employers should remind employees of those kinds of things. In addition to group education sessions, just placing posters that illustrate health and safety best practices can help reinforce ideal behaviors on a daily basis.
Many employees who work and raise families and maintain a household have little time to think about the importance of simple, regular health checkups and often only visit their GP once a year or even only when they are ill or injured.
Simply by offering informal monthly health checks, employers can help ensure that employees are taking care of their general health. Screenings for things like ideal weight, blood pressure, and general physical fitness really can help decrease the number of days that employees are absent for medical reasons. The screenings should not be mandatory, but research has shown that the vast majority of employers who are offered these things take advantage of them and actual even appreciate their employer’s concern.
Simple presentations on basic health related topics such as healthy eating habits can be very helpful as well. Employers can even take things one step further by supplying employees with simple, healthy snack foods in a central location occasionally (fruits, vegetables, juices, water) to help reinforce the idea of healthy eating and general wellness.
Breaks and In Office Exercise
Sitting in one place for hours, even if the furniture and set up in use is optimally designed for the individual employee can still be detrimental to an employee’s health. In addition to back and neck strain sitting in one place for too long decreases proper blood circulation and can lead to peripheral vascular problems and even to more serious physical health issues such as lower limb blood clots. Numerous recent studies have also linked sitting at a desk for too long with a lifetime increased risk of obesity, even with proper diet.
Ideally, employees should be encouraged to take a break from sitting at their desk at least once an hour. These breaks do not need to be too long, but even the simple act of getting up from their chair and performing a few simple stretches should be allowed and encouraged.
To help make sure that employees are getting adequate physical exercise employers can offer simple in office exercise classes which can be as simple as organizing walks at break times or corporate sponsored runs tied to a charity or cause that employees relate to. This kind of event can also be ideal for team building, in general, another way to help boost employee productivity and your bottom line!
The above outlines ‘Easy Ways to Increase Company Profits‘ and as a further benefit a far happier staff which in turn boosts production. Call us now for assistance with your Corporate Wellness Programme and be on your way to increased profits