“The wealth of business depends on the health of workers.” -Dr. Maria Neira (Director, Department of Public Health and Environment, WHO)
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease. A healthy workspace is one in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace by considering the following:
> Health and safety concerns in the physical work environment.
> Well-being concerns in the psychosocial work environment, including organization of work and workplace culture.
> Personal health resources in the workplace.
> Ways of participating in the community to improve the health of workers, their families and other members of the community.
A healthy work environment helps in maintaining a positive outcome in a stressful atmosphere, influences employee motivation and happiness, and impacts how productive and efficient they can be. Healthy does not only constitute needing medical attention, it is also the outlook of the workplace and surroundings. The aspects of a healthy work environment include:
1. Workplace Culture
Every company has their own corporate culture that determines their values and a standard that are generally followed by employees. When you have created a positive workplace culture that is being practiced by employees as well as yourself, the environment of the workplace tends to be healthier as everyone would have nothing to be upset or unhappy about.
2. Physical Environment and Occupational Health and Safety
A healthy work environment also includes the physical environment of the office or the workshop. Reduce the worry of your employees by looking into the safety of the workplace. It could be as simple as ensuring all the electric cables are taped down or covered with a cable tray to prevent anyone from tripping over.
3. Health and Lifestyle Practice
Employees are the best asset of every organization, and putting effort into employee wellness can encourage better teamwork, increased productivity, and reduce sick leave and workplace accidents. Help your employees to develop and maintain healthy lifestyle practices and drop any unhealthy and/or risky habits that they may have. Having weekly yoga sessions or evening runs with the team are one of those activities that promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
4. Supportive Workplace Environment
Everyone has personal problems and it is only human that some of these problems get brought into the workplace. Try not to ignore them but instead, find the core of the problem and be a supportive employer by showing concern. show compassion and be there for them. You do not need to sit by them the whole day, but by just reaching out through an email or a message, saying your doors are always open for them, shows that you not only care about the progress of the company, but you also care about the well-being of your employee. It is important to remember that supportive work culture is the foundation of a healthy workplace.
Now more than ever ensuring a healthy and safe work environment is in need to keep businesses running as we adapt to the new ways of life.
Given the trying times, we are living in today with the pandemic, with countries introducing measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines. We are all taking precautions that were never imagined or thought possible. While it is already established that a healthy workplace is as much to do with the physical environment as it is to do with the psychological aspects, making sure all needed and prescribed precautions are accounted for is key for a foundation of a healthy workplace in today’s scenario.
So how can a healthy and safe work environment be created?
1. Risk Assessment
The identification and assessment of risks in both physical and psychosocial working environments is the starting point for managing occupational safety and health (OSH) under measures. This will help you to understand what you should do to work safely and protect people. Once the risk assessment is updated, the next step is to make an action plan with appropriate measures.
2. Talk to workers and Provide Information
Consult and involve people in the steps you’re taking to manage the risk of coronavirus in your workplace so you can:
> Explain the changes you’re planning to work safely.
>Make sure changes will work and hear their ideas.
> Continue to operate your business safely.
3. Follow Precautionary Measures
> Maintain social distancing.
> Check your health parameters namely temperature, oxygen saturation and hear rate.
>Clean your hands often, using soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
>Wear a mask.
>Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
>Stay home if you feel unwell.
>If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. (Sourced from The World Health Organization)
4. Learn, Stay Informed and Plan for the future
The amount of information related to can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to differentiate the reliable and accurate from the vague and misleading. Always check that the original source of the information is an established and qualified provider. One of the primary sources of official sources of information includes The World Health Organization. As physical distancing measures start to be relaxed, information may be issued that is specific to particular industries, communities, or groups, and it may be updated frequently. In your country, the ministries for health and for labor will have relevant information and may provide links to more specialized sources. It is also important to draw up or update crisis contingency plans for shutdown and start-up events in the future. Even small businesses can make a checklist that will help prepare them should any such events occur in the future.
So how can Helo Health help you create a healthy and safe workplace?
Helo Health was formed during the lockdown and has right away focused on health solutions that can help businesses resume in the new normal. Helo Health has innovated with Indian components and a design-led approach to build the HELO from scratch as a super-set of health care and wellness functionalities. The HELO acts as an effective screen to ensure employees pass through after a check of their key health parameters and sanitizing themselves and their belongings. The contactless and intrusion-free, face-based attendance system is futuristic and apt in today’s times. Implementing the automated HELO ensures you are taking a step towards a workplace that has healthy employees, you are compliant with reporting requirements, your investment is protected and you reap long terms benefits of health and productivity.
Come lead the change for healthier and safer workplaces today with HELO.