6 Reasons You Should Care About Your Employees’ Health

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If you're running a business, especially a smaller business, there are many thing you need to worry about. For starters, you need to ensure that the company is running smoothly at all times, your employees are satisfied and that you're making a good profit. However, these things cannot be achieved if your employees have poor health. Here are 6 reasons why you should be concerned about your employees' mental and physical well-being.


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When running a business, you may not have the time or energy to worry about much else. So, why should you care about something as seemingly trivial as your employees’ health? What does this actually have to do with the success of your business? 

Well, it has a lot to do with your business and here are some reasons why.

Healthy employees are productive employees
It’s simple, when your employees feel good, they operate at their best. They’re energetic and therefore able to get more done. When an employee is ill, they feel horrible and are likely to be slower and less productive. If they have a sore back or a chest infection, for example, they may be in too much pain to complete tasks to the best of their ability. They will feel sluggish and be more concerned about their failing health than meeting those urgent deadlines.

Healthy employees don’t take sick leave
Every employee is entitled to certain amount of sick leave during a specific period of time. But that doesn’t mean it should be used. When someone takes a sick day, their work is pushed over to the next day. They fall behind on deadlines and their tasks build up, meaning they’re more stressed when they return to work. This can cause them to have to work overtime when they’re still recovering from an illness.

When someone takes a week or longer to recover, their work becomes someone else’s problem. Their colleagues then have to deal with their own work as well as the tasks of the sick person. This can cause delays in production, careless mistakes being made and unhappy clients. Employees taking time off work when they’re ill has a direct negative effect on your business.

Healthy employees don’t spread sickness
If you're someone who has spent quite some time in the business world, you will know that when one person comes into work sick, it spreads to other employees. One person may believe they’re able to make it through the work day with a bad cough and a sore throat but when others catch the bug, half your office will be taking sick leave. That means you lose half your resources for however many days it takes for them to recover. Once again, this causes deadlines not being met, mistakes being made and unsatisfied clients. Only this time, it’s to a far greater extent. 

Healthy employees aren’t distracted
When people are sick, they become distracted and struggle to concentrate. It’s not because they have a bad work ethic, are not concerned with the job at hand or simply don’t care. It’s because they are in extreme discomfort. This means they can’t fully focus on what they’re doing and their mind is elsewhere. When someone is in pain, it’s the only thing they can think about. They’re dreaming about their bed while filling in lengthy forms or chatting with important clients. Errors are likely to occur and they may not notice because they’re feeling light headed or are trying to cool down from their fever. While it isn't their fault, it is still a problem that adversely affects your business. 

Healthy employees are less stressed
Health issues aren’t limited to a viral or bacterial infection. They can be chronic pain or larger issues that require constant medical check-ups and medication. These health issues can cause a lot of stress for employees. Not simply because they are uncomfortable but because they can face financial strain due to medical expenses and the stress they’re facing can impact their job performance and work ethic. People who are stressed in their personal life often bring that stress to work with them as it can be quite difficult to leave these issues at home.

Healthy employees are more positive
Have you ever encountered someone in ill health who has a generally negative outlook on life? This is because it’s hard not to be a pessimist when you’re in constant pain, are financially stressed due to medical expenses or simply feel awful all the time. It’s not because they fail to see the good in life, it’s because even the most beautiful landscape is ruined when your body is not cooperating.

Healthy employees, on the other hand, feel more positive. They have energy and look forward to waking up in the morning. This means they’ll bring energy and spread cheer throughout the office instead of negativity.

As an employer, you should care about your employees’ health because it directly influences your business. It can affect productivity and cause absenteeism and stress, for both yourself and your employees. This is why you should consider offering medical aid with day-to-day benefits to your staff. This will ensure they’re always at the top of their game and doing their best for your business. Ultimately, healthy employees are happy employees and happy employees are productive employees, which is great for your business.

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