Non communicable diseases on a global level
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that Non Communicable Diseases (“NCD’s”) are the leading cause of death worldwide. Non communicable means diseases that are not able to be transmitted from one person to another.
Such diseases are ones which are mainly caused by lifestyle conditions such as diabetes; cancer; stroke; and heart disease. I call them “lifestyle conditions” because WHO states that the causes of these diseases are preventable e.g. obesity/being overweight; the types of foods that we are consuming nowadays such as processed, high sugar foods and insufficient exercise or physical activity.
Why is it important to focus on Employee Wellness?
This is vital because out of a world population of approximately 7 billion, about 3 billion make up the global workforce – according to the World Bank and International Labour Organisation.
Bearing in mind that for those who work, they spend a majority of their lives at work – it is significant that they have measures in place in the workplace – to get and/or keep healthy.
Employees; their families & the wider community
Any impact made through Wellness programs in the workplace will mean that this will filter through to the wider community as those employees with families will share their learning and positively affect their co-workers; families and friends.
The physical health of employees can be improved by implementing Wellness programs which help to reduce the impact of NCD’s, through having various forms of exercise classes either during work break hours or after work. These can range from resistance based training to Yoga and Group Meditation.
This can also be solidified with Health talks to increase awareness for employees about which diseases are affecting us the most and how they can reduce the impact of these diseases for themselves and their families.
Mental and emotional health
By improving the physical health of employees through exercise which increases endorphins (“the happy hormone”) in the body, mental health and emotional health are improved as exercise is one of the methods used to treat stress, anxiety or depression.
The employer and the economy
For the employer, there are numerous benefits to having Employee Wellness programs. Some of the benefits are as follows:
– improved physical, mental and emotional health of employees means a happier atmosphere in the workplace;
– increased productivity due to improved health of employees. Exercise and eating healthier also boosts employee’s self-confidence, which then filters through to their work quality;
– lower turnover rates, particularly if employers also ensure that employees are not over-worked, leading to “burn out”; and
– the financial standing of the employer is improved and also the wider economy is improved on a local, national and global level when the workforce is more productive.
You can start today!
Whether you’re an employee, sole trader or business owner in charge of several employees, here are a few easy stretches you can do to take a small break right from your work area. They take under 3 minutes to complete.
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