Employee Wellness

It’s no wonder that most medium-size companies are losing up to 105 days a year due to staff calling in sick because of the common cold or flu, since the majority of South Africans seem to be ill-prepared for the health challenges that the winter typically brings.

It is universally acknowledged that a strong employee base is the foundation of any good business. For this reason, when introducing new hires into a company, the safety and productivity of existing staff should be top-of-mind.

The other day we had a discussion in the office about ‘me-time’ and staff wellness in terms of the workplace. We talked about how rushed, stressed and demanding life is in general, and especially in the work environment. Another issue that came up was the high staff turn-over some companies have because of this. 

Making a living has its upside. It can be rewarding in that it builds assertiveness and confidence and helps employees build new skills.

Many people think that if only they worked for a cooler company, had a different job or made more money they would then be happy at work. 

Given the amount of time employees spend at the office, the work environment needs to offer more personal health, wellness, and lifestyle support than ever.

There is truth in the saying “you can bring the donkey to the river, but you cannot force the donkey to drink”. 

Valentine’s Day is not just about flowers and candle-lit dinners. It’s an annual opportunity to contemplate the power of love and the promise of happiness when you find the only one for you.

 

 

Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental wellness.

“Everything you want is because you think you will feel happier if you had it. So why don’t you go straight to feeling happy by just laughing more because laughter instantly makes you happy.” ~ Bronwyn Kilroe

It’s been called the new cancer and it’s killing us. Sitting all day hunched forward looking at a screen causes a laundry list of horrific health problems from heart and brain damage to back, hip and neck problems - so what can be done? 

Every company has a personality – what they like to call their “company culture”. This culture consists of their company mission, values, office environment, expectations and, of course, its people. It’s a set of shared ideas of every member of the company in which new employees are adopted and considered a “great fit” for the company beyond their qualifications and skills. 

Roughly, people who work an average of 40-45 hours per week, spend about 30% of their lifetime working. Did you know that a typical employee will spend an average of 2 years of their life in work meetings?

One in four employees has been diagnosed with depression, and the country’s economic contributors aged 25 to 44 are most affected, taking more than 18 days off work due to the condition.

Expressing and receiving gratitude in the workplace makes people feel happier, fulfilled, cooperative and motivated, and ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, believes that it goes as far as to impact the bottom line.

Managers and team leaders can play a crucial role in helping employees manage workplace stress, which will lead to stronger teams and greater productivity, an expert says.

Offices don’t just have an aesthetic impact on us: we are also influenced by how we sense sound, touch and smell at work.

Monday has a reputation problem. Even if you absolutely love your career, making the transition from your own weekend schedule to getting up early and commuting back to the office can sometimes feel like a chore.

As the end of the year is fast approaching, many employees will find themselves feeling fatigued. 

Depression costs South Africa more than R232 Billion or 5.7% of the country’s GDP due to lost productivity either due to absence from work or attending work whilst unwell, the IDEA study of the London School of Economics and Political Science 2016 found.

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Issues related to mental health, including depression, in the workplace have not always garnered the necessary sympathy or response from employers compared to physical issues, but this is changing say HR and HCM experts at CRS Technologies.

It seems as though work is what our lives centre on during these modern times. We spend so much time working, and the fact of the matter is, many of us hate our jobs.

The 2017 Employee Health and Wellness Conference was held in Sunninghill end February, and a common thread resonated through the proceedings. The need to approach health and wellness in a new way.

When you run a business, especially an SME, there are many things you have to worry about. For starters, you have to make sure the company is running smoothly at all times.

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