Health at work IS important.
You spend a lot of time at work, so it’s good to keep your good health in mind while you're there.
Most employers do want to do the right thing when it comes to creating a healthy work environment.
A survey of BC employers showed that employers do worry about their employee’s stress, workload, eating habits, safety and inactivity (sitting at a computer or desk all day). Research also tells us that healthy employees are more productive, have higher morale and take less sick time. So why don't more employers provide support for their employees to make healthier choices at work?
Unfortunately "lack of time" is the number one answer.
But in reality, it doesn't take a lot of time to support healthier options. There are even some simple solutions that you can try on your own!
- Healthy Eating at Work: When bringing a snack or two to share at work be aware of the ‘Candy Bowl Syndrome’. It’s true that everyone loves a treat, but balance it out with a healthier option as well (such as fruit or veg).
- Lowering Your Work Stress: Feeling overwhelmed? Remember to take a moment to observe your stress, and defuse with some deep breathing or a quick walk around the block. Taking five minutes to protect your mental health and well-being is worth it.
- 'Quit Now' Breaks: Trying to quit the nic? Use your break to go for a walk or connect with a friend. Check out QuitNow for some more resources that can help.
So, go ahead, be healthy at work!
The "At Work" section of HealthyFamilies BC has tools and resources to help employers and employees create workplaces that support healthy choices. If you're wondering how your workplace health program stacks up, or if you want to know how to make improvements, try the Workplace Check – an online Q&A that provides helpful results.