What Are The Biggest Threats To Employee Wellbeing?
The modern, 21st-century lifestyle has never been more different to that of previous generations. Due to advances in technology and the changing roles and industries that are now prevalent in society, the workforce has never been more sedentary and arguably has never been busier. This has many implications – the first is that people are spending less time preparing meals, the increased use of technology has also led to a culture of 24/7 activity which has led to the average diet being high in fat and sugar. The increase in the amount of time people are expected to work, the amount of stress many people now find themselves under, alongside unhealthy dietary practices have led to a rise in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes that is destroying people’s wellbeing.
The average workday is much less physical than in previous generations, with employment becoming more office-based and less manual and agricultural. Many people today can spend up to eight hours a day sitting in front of a computer. This means that for many, their commute, and the walk to the kitchen or bathroom is the only exercise that they get in a day, and with expectations at work rising, there is less and less time in the day to lead a healthy and exercise-filled life. A lack of exercise and a poor diet, on top of the stress and expectation we now see in the modern workplace, has led to a catastrophic effect on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees worldwide.
Changes in expectations within the workplace have led to increased stress for managers and staff. Since the global recession in 2008, many large companies have compressed their management structures and cut their personnel, meaning individuals have had to take on more responsibility, with less people to share the burden. Employees tend to spend 40-50 years of their life in the work-place and; increased pressure, alongside a consistent absence of any healthy living practices, have led to a wellbeing crisis. In numbers, this equates to 97 Million lost working days and a £17 Billion loss to the UK economy.
The causes of mental health issues, such as stress and depression alongside physical illnesses such as diabetes and obesity can be linked to diet. If CEO’s and managers intend on taking employee wellbeing seriously, then dietary practices must be made a priority within the workplace. Working to reduce stress with good HR practices - such as ensuring staff members have a clear job role and workloads are evenly balanced, alongside providing the ability for employees to eat healthily at work can change the fortunes of a business. Motivated and healthy staff will improve the productivity and profitability of a business, whilst similarly improving their own wellbeing.
Workers are as busy as they have ever been, however, there is no excuse for employee wellbeing not to be a priority for a modern business. If you would like to hear more about how Healthy Nibbles can improve the corporate wellness of your business then please get in touch here through – firstname.lastname@example.org
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