It is the responsibility of each employer to focus on the health needs of all workers. In fact, it should be one of the first priority areas of concern for any employer who minds about the welfare of employees. It is important that employees’ welfare and health are protected in each activity carried out at the facility. When this happens, customers and the general public, too, are catered for. Contractors, electricians and other groups that hop into the facility for one reason or the other also need to be incorporated into thehealth and safety plan.
Workplace health is comprehensive. Health and safety plan must therefore be initiated into the working system of a company or institution to address a wide range of health related issues that include physical, environment, psychosocial, personal resources, health practices and many more. All these aspects are brought into the system through policies, programs and agreeable practices.
The health and safety plan covers three major areas at the work environment. They include;
- Occupational Safety and Health– This involves programs aimed at eliminating or preventing illnesses or injuries as well as health hazards.
- Healthy Choices– Making decisions that promote activities aimed at boosting overall well-being of workers and good health. Programs that encourage these include stress management, health and nutrition, active living and activities that boost the heart’s performance.
- Organizational Health– Management practices and strategies focusing on relationships, culture and workplace values.
All these programs are important for the smooth running of any organization. When initiated into the system, they;
- Help reduce absenteeism– Having employee’s health a top priority keeps them in top form and ready to tackle each day fresh and invigorated. Cases of illnesses are minimized, meaning all or almost all workers report to work at the desired time each working day.
- Empower members to cope well with stress and various changes– One major known killer in the world today is stress and stress related illnesses. When workers are trained to cope well with unpleasant conditions that have to crop in life now and then, they are empowered to handle all situations that life may throw their way.
- Improves the morale of workers– No task can be handled satisfactorily unless the worker is happy when performing it. Having employee’s morale boosted increases their output.
- Increases productivity as a result of job satisfaction– Jobs are well done by people who enjoy doing them.
- Reduces injuries– The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work act of 2005 has a requirement that all workers as well as members of the public conduct all activities in a way that ensures their safety, welfare and health.
- Increases retention and recruitment– Satisfied workers hardly ever leave their jobs. A good working environment also attracts a number of new-comers.
- Improves the company image as well as culture– While most companies and institutions work towards obtaining more profits, image too matters. Providing a healthy environment for workers greatly improves an institution’s image internally and externally.
It is therefore necessary to have a comprehensive health and safety plan incorporated into every institution’s working systems. Take time to consider your employees’ needs to ensure that they are met.