we all know exercise is important for our health and wellness
But as an employer, what role should you be playing...
Now that spring is here, many of us will be looking at getting outside and getting active. From a family walk on the weekend to a bike ride before work, there’s plenty of ways to get exercise and it’s great for us too!
As an employer, it’s important to help your employee’s with their wellbeing, with a focus on all five pillars of wellbeing: physical, emotional and mental, social, digital and financial. If we are having trouble with just one of these pillars, it can affect our wellbeing as a whole.
Here’s what you need to know about physical wellbeing and how you can help your employees…
What is Physical Wellbeing?
When we’re looking after our physical wellbeing, it means we’re managing to exercise, eat well and get enough rest and sleep.
As an employer, you might be wondering if your employees want support with their physical health. According to a report by Westfield Health they do, with 67% of employees believing that it’s an employer’s responsibility to support their physical wellbeing and fitness. There are a few ways you can do so.
Why is Supporting Your Employees with their Physical Health important?
Eating well, exercising and sleeping are all important for us to feel our best. Exercising enough can help reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer, as well as boosting our self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy (NHS).
But, 84% of UK employees weren’t meeting the amount of physical activity recommended by the NHS and 26% spent nine or more hours sitting down each day (Westfield Health).
How Can Employers Help Employee’s Physical Health:
Offer flexible working:
It can be difficult to find the time to fit in a gym class or going for a run around our 9 to 5 schedule and family commitments. But, offering your employees flexibility in when they start could allow them to exercise before coming to work, or if they can take a longer lunch to fit in a gym class in the middle of the day.
Look at the facilities in your office:
Although many companies are looking at a mix of remote working and office-based employees, it’s still important to make sure you have the facilities to allow for people to exercise on their way to or from work.
Almost 47% of employees stated that they didn’t have access to facilities like changing rooms or bike storage at their workplace (Westfield Health). This can stop employees choosing to cycle or run to work.
Employee benefits that can help:
Benefits like a discount on gym memberships to a Cycle to Work scheme can help your employees save money while getting active. As well as helping your employees get active, this can help with your employee engagement too.
Consider incentivising physical activity:
There’s nothing like a little competition to get people exciting and engaged. Whether the prize is bragging rights, a new fitness tracker or even cash, incentivising your employees to get physically active can help improve their wellbeing.
How we can help:
We know that offering a comprehensive staff wellbeing policy that suits all employees isn’t always easy. If you want to learn more about the ways you can support your employees’ health and wellbeing, why not get in touch with our experts? They can help guide you through solutions and plans you can put in place to help your staff.