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10 Ideas for Healthier Staff

Some companies leave around 2.6 billion dollars annually. They can save this amount by investing in improving the health of employees.

The profit for companies is higher productivity and lower absenteeism. The latter in particular is becoming increasingly important because the new Sickness Benefits Act makes companies more financially responsible for sick employees. Enough reason to work with your staff on this.

Tips for healthier staff

1. Give your employees an MOT

A health check is a kind of MOT for your staff. He shows your employees how their health is doing, so that they can respond to any future problems in time. Research shows that many employees need such a check, while employers offer it relatively little. It's important that the health check isn't mandatory and that only the employee can see the results.

2. Make a healthy bite a matter of course

In many company canteens, employees are unknowingly tempted. This makes them more likely to opt for unhealthy food. Think croquettes that are in full view or a fat omelet with cheese that's regularly on sale. Discuss with your caterer how you can change this, so that it's more natural to opt for a healthy bite.

3. Meditate with your staff

Meditation at work may sound floating, but it certainly isn't. In the United States, large companies like Google are already fully meditating in the workplace. More and more others are following this example. With this they hope to combat work-related stress, so that employees fall out less quickly. They often combine this with mindfulness, which enables people to work with full attention.

4. Interrupt sitting work

More and more studies indicate that prolonged sitting is bad for your health. This also applies to people who exercise enough. It's therefore a good idea to get employees out of their seats as much as possible. By setting a good example yourself, distributing playful communication material and using special furniture, you ensure that they sit less and move more.

5. Have employees climb more stairs

If your employees take the stairs more often, they work on their health in an accessible way. The annual Staircase Week is a good time to reflect on that. At the same time you can mark the route to the stairs with stickers in the form of 'footsteps', so that it's clear that the stairs are preferred. Another option is to place calorie signs on elevator doors. At UMC Utrecht this led to 11 percent more stair runners.

6. Encourage lunch walks

A lunch walk costs nothing, but it does provide much-needed exercise. According to the Healthy Exercise Standard, it's important that people exercise moderately intensively for 30 minutes every day. If you set a good example yourself, you make it easier for employees to follow. In addition, you can agree to have lunch with the entire department.

7. Make company fitness possible

There is less absenteeism among sporting employees than among their non-sporting colleagues. According to a study. It can therefore be useful to offer company fitness, for example by giving a discount at the gym. Already 30 percent of companies offer such a discount.

8. Organize a business sports day

You can organize a company sports day for employees and possibly also their families. Examples are a walking clinic or a tennis competition under professional supervision. These activities usually take place at a sports club in the area. The advantage for employees is that they become more aware of their own lifestyle after such a day. It also contributes to team building.

9. Offer help with quitting smoking

According to the CBS, smokers are absent more and more often than non-smokers and former smokers. So it pays to help invalid smokers to quit smoking. For example, you can organize an internal course or use online methods. In addition, it's useful to point out to your staff that the basic health insurance package in 2014 includes a stop-smoking program.

10. Ask your health and safety service

Your occupational health and safety service is a good source of information and sparring partner for optimally deployable staff. It's also possible that your occupational health and safety service will pay for measures that promote the health of your staff.

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