Six steps to supporting employee health and wellbeing through change
COVID-19 has presented some very unique challenges for WA workplaces, with all workplaces experiencing a change in daily routine in one way or another. Some employers may be supporting employees working remotely (while also potentially carrying out a change in role), whilst others are overseeing employees on site and managing social distancing rules.
Other employers may be supporting staff working on the front line in a customer service role and having to adapt their delivery to keep their employees and consumers safe. No matter what type of business you’re in, all workplaces have been impacted by COVID-19 in some way.
The good news is employers can still support the health and wellbeing of their employees during these turbulent times. We have pulled together the following six steps to help you support employee’s health and wellbeing needs.
Take them today and help your business become six steps closer to a healthier workplace!
Step 1. Tune up your skills
Now more than ever, employers are looking for ways for employees to up skill. With limited face to face professional development opportunities currently available, there are plenty of online learning options which can be done anywhere and at anytime.
We offer free online Coordinator Training that is suitable for a range of employees, from senior management, OHS and HR roles, to enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to run a workplace health program. The four self-paced online modules take only about an hour to complete and don’t need to be completed in one sitting – users are welcome to save and exit, and complete at a later time.
We also have a range of videos including tool box videos and webinars to compliment the online training:
- Video for workplace: How to create a healthy workplace
- Tool box video: Steel blue workplace health case study
- Webinar: Workplace Wellness on a Budget
Click here to view the complete range of HWWA videos and past webinars.
Step 2. Subscribe
Support your employees by keeping them up to date with the latest in health and wellbeing. You can do this by subscribing to our Health Works newsletter. The monthly newsletter includes current and relevant health and wellbeing information. The newsletter is designed so that workplaces can customise it by adding the company logo, or other information and send it out to their employees. Sending out a health and wellbeing newsletter is a great way to keep employees engaged as well.
Step 3. Share!
Don’t keep all this great information to yourself! Share the following blogs with your staff:
- Top tips to keep your drinking in check during the pandemic
- Seven steps to maintaining a healthy workplace while working from home
- Maximise your productivity with these nutritious tips
- Sit ups for the mind
- Staying fit while staying at home
Step 4. Plan for the future
Whilst our work environment or activity may have changed for the time being, it won’t be long before our normal routine returns. When this happens, employees will be feeling enthusiastic and motivated about health and wellbeing – so start preparing now by exploring ideas and planning your workplace health and wellbeing strategies. It doesn’t need to be big or require a large budget - our Ten Top Quick Wins outlines ten simple ideas to encourage workers to become healthier, happier and more productive.
You could use this time to consult with your employees and find out what they are interested in. Consulting with staff will help your workplace health and wellbeing program to be more successful as you’ll find out what strategies or activities your employees are more likely to engage in.
Step 5. Useful case studies
Jump online and read more about workplaces leading the way in health and wellbeing including their journey, popular activities and their three top tips for getting started.
- Galactic Cooperative - has implemented a comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program and qualified for Gold Recognition with the Recognised Healthy Workplace Program
- RAC – has been involved with the HWWA for numerous years and is considered a leader in workplace wellbeing
- City of South Perth - Gold RHW and provides a range of activities for both on-the-field workers as well as office based employees
Step 6. Get Recognised
Has your health and wellbeing program has been running for more than six months? Does it include a range of activities around smoking, nutrition, alcohol and/or physical activity? If so it’s a great time to become a Recognised Healthy Workplace! Currently many workplace health and wellbeing programs may look a little different, however we will continue to receive applications for Bronze, Silver or Gold Recognition. Apply online now!
Are you ready to take the step today towards employee health and wellbeing?
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