Promoting a Healthier and Happier Workplace
5th February 2019
Health and Happiness in the Workplace
Everyone agrees that the key to staying healthy is to drink regularly, exercise often and eat low calorie foods. Sticking to a regular healthy eating diet can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also make you feel better about yourself and increase your self-esteem levels.
But getting to this point is never as easy or as simple as it sounds. It takes time, courage and endurance to keep it up. Some of us have one healthy day in the week and call it a success, because it is painful, it requires serious effort and encouragement. It can help massively if those around you, that you work with are invested in a regular healthy eating plan. We know that the workplace is influential in changing the way people eat.
Stress and Psychological Wellbeing
We are invested in our staff at Liquidline, and take pride in promoting an exceptional level of health and wellbeing in the workplace. From free perks of access to our fully equipped gym for free, to providing free veggie or low-calorie option lunches. You can also encourage your employees to walk to work, or commute by public transport, offering incentives for the most travelled employee at the end of the month, without the use of a car.
Providing access to Sports Facilities
The key to encouraging workplace wellness is to provide continual access to sports facilities, or offer discounted gym memberships. As well as health screenings, and a healthy, workplace environment that reinforces regular exercise.
Exercise can make the world of difference, and can make you super proactive. Research shows the main barrier preventing people from exercising is work commitments. Therefore, by encouraging your employees to take an hour out of each working day to exercise, could prove very beneficial, as they will come back feeling happier and more productive. Exercise re-energises staff and improves their concentration levels.
Even standing up for three hours a day can be the equivalent of running 10 marathons! NHS Choices recommends that breaking up long periods of sitting time, at our desks, with shorter bouts of activity for just one to two minutes, can be very beneficial to our health.
Healthy Working Lives
How do we promote being healthy at work? Well, firstly, we encourage healthy eating by leaving fruit in communal areas, rather than unhealthy snack options. Leaving bananas, grapes, and apples in bowls for meetings or in the lunch area will encourage healthy eating.
We also provide free lunches to employees, giving them a varied choice of healthier options and reducing the temptation of having a high calorie snack for lunch. Healthier working lives, equals to a happy, more productive workforce. Follow in our steps and you will be on your way to having a stress-free workplace environment.
Sticking to your “Five a Day” at Work
Looking after your health and wellbeing is also reinforced by sticking to your five a day, during breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A healthier diet plan equates to less sickness and days your employees are off absent. Natural sugars rather than artificial sugars in fruit allows us to think faster and remain alert for longer periods of time, meaning no more sugar come downs, or afternoon slumps.
Fruit and vegetables also contain vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. The more fruit and veg you consume, the more the risk of heart disease is reduced, and levels of productivity are increased.
At Liquidline we stress the importance of staying hydrated all day long. It may come as no surprise that we are forever encouraging drinking regular amounts of water throughout the day, since we are a water, juice and coffee provider afterall.
We care deeply about our staff and that is why we have a number of Liquidline water machines dispensed around our offices. As well as this, we provide premium water Billi tap solutions, that provides fresh, filtered water.
The aim is simple, to keep our employees happy. You can too, by sticking to a healthy working regime. Including offering low-calorie and sugar free options, such as providing semi-skimmed milk for tea and coffee, fruit bowls, rather than leaving biscuits and sweets out and recipe leaflets and ideas for the home.