Workplace health

Last reviewed on 26/06/2014 09:21

In addition to meeting your minimum legal obligations, implementing workplace health measures can improve productivity and efficiency of your business.

It's important to recognise that many factors outside the workplace can influence health and therefore staff performance.

As an employer you can have a major role in creating a positive and healthy environment for employees as well as managing and reducing sickness absence.

There are simple steps that can be taken to minimise the risks within the workplace and to maximise the opportunities for good health as part of everyday working.

This could include:

Sickness absence and the 'fit note'
The way you manage sickness absence can help to create a positive and healthy environment for employees.

Stress, mental health and wellbeing
This is one of the most common causes of sickness absence.

Drugs and alcohol
The effect of drugs and alcohol can impact on employees' attendance and performance and could increase the risk of accidents at work. As an employer you should be concerned.

Smoking
As well as legal obligations to providing a smoke-free working environment, there are business benefits to supporting staff to give up, which can include reduced sickness absence and less productive time lost to smoke breaks.

Healthy lifestyle choices
The link between lifestyle and health and wellbeing is often underestimated. The effects of poor lifestyle choices are associated with disease, disability and poor mental health. By promoting health at work you can reduce the risk.

You might want to consider?

You can use our health and safety: quick start guide to check what you need for your organisation.