Health has never been more important and topical but while not all lifestyle issues can be addressed at work, there are a few that can. Here, we have put together ideas that you can implement straight away. Starting small also means you can make incremental changes as you go. You get the flexibility you need while still having a positive impact on employee wellbeing.
Sedentary jobs mean lots of sitting which does your employees’ health absolutely no favours. You can help your employees kick the habit—and the chair—by promoting walking or standing meetings. Encourage employees to stand up for a few minutes for every hour of sitting or walk to their colleagues instead of using the phone. Use simple posters to remind employees to stand up. Employees can set up email reminders or use screensavers to alert them. This simple trick alone can help beat the 3 o’clock slump.
2. Smoke-free Workplaces
Smoke-free workplace is central to successful workplace health and wellbeing program. Tobacco laws in Queensland apply to workplaces. Ensure smoking areas are signposted correctly. Here are some resources you will find worthwhile including an interactive Smoke-free Workplace Policy Template and free downloadable signs.
Another great resource is Quit Now which offers information and assistance to help people quit smoking. Smokers have reported higher rates of quitting after using the service. This handy Quit Now calculator drives the point home by showing the savings possible by kicking the habit.
3. Healthy Employees–the Smart and Appy Way
Smartphones can make great partners in our health initiatives. We have found some free health apps that live on your smartphones and help your employees set and keep on top of their personal health goals.
The Health & Fitness Age Challenge App
Part of the Healthier. Happier. campaign by Queensland Health, this app suggests simple and easy fixes for getting your personal health back on track. It makes fitness fun and easy. Get your employees to give it a go.
Quit smoking app
Quitting smoking can be difficult, more so in certain jobs. My QuitBuddy is an easy-to-use smartphone app designed to provide personalised support. Features include goal-setting tools and a community forum that encourages your employees to kick the habit.
4. Switch to healthy gifts
At your next workplace celebration, ditch the usual office gifts and prizes and instead switch to healthy gifts. Organic fruit baskets, guilt-free goodies, pedometers or vouchers for gym gear are a great substitute for alcohol and chocolate and they underline your workplace’s focus on improving employees’ health.
5. Easy Swaps
Swapping the elevator for stairs, a packet of biscuits for fruit and a car for public transport are some simple ways to get extra mileage on your workplace health and wellbeing program. Repetition is the key to ongoing success. Help remind your employees of these easy swaps by putting up a few posters. As a workplace, you can demonstrate you can implement these easy swaps as well—offer fruit as part of your catering and food options, set up a small kitchen with a microwave to encourage employees to bring homemade food. Ask your vending machine company to offer healthy food options.
6. Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service
Your employees can get access to their own qualified health coach and more at the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®. Get Healthy is a free and confidential phone-based service designed to help Queenslanders make positive lifestyle changes. Be sure to promote this service as part of your workplace health and wellbeing program. Find out more.
7. 10,000 Steps Challenge
Encourage your employees to be more active by including a 10,000 Steps Workplace Challenge in your health and wellbeing program. 10,000 Steps is a fun and free program that uses step-counting pedometers to track daily physical activity and motivate your employees to get moving more regularly. Find out more about the challenge.
Got the seven ideas covered? There’s many more ideas to choose from to suit your workplace. Discover more ideas for health and wellbeing in the workplace.
If you’re interested in starting your workplace program, see the 5-steps to workplace health and wellbeing.