Investing In Your Staff Health Is Never A Waste Of Resources
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What is the one depreciable asset that can easily be harmed, but needs gentle support to stay functional? Which asset will deteriorate over time, and have several knock-on effects relating to your business utility and staff happiness? Of course, we could ask more leading questions, but the clue is in the title. It’s the health of your staff. Unfortunately, it’s hard to simply pay a block of money to ensure that all your staff are at optimum health. Despite how this would view your staff as automatons rather than individuals, they likely wouldn’t complain if you had this ability either.
However, that’s not the end of the conversation. It is actually thoroughly possible for you to make a real difference where this is concerned – it just takes a little time and a lot of careful planning to better. But outside of offering a careful benefits package, competent health insurances and encouraging them to exercise, how can you ensure that your business does absolutely nothing to pose unnecessary risk to their wellbeing?
We have a few pointers:
Consider Their Daily Work
We often think of using solid ventilation or non-toxic cleaning chemicals when it comes to helping our offices become a nicer and healthier place to work, and this can make a difference. But often, what makes the most difference is how we watch our staff engage with their work on a daily basis. For example, those working in your loading bay might find that a lorry loading conveyor can prevent the time they have to pick up heavy loads with their legs and carry them from point A to point B, and trolleys can help them move said loads up to that point. It’s effective implements like this that could often make a real difference and ensure that the long-term health of your staff is taken into account.
An Ergonomic Desk
We may think those who sit at a desk all day to truly enjoy the height of luxury, sitting down in a comfortable chair without the need to conduct hard manual labor. But while a general manufacturing worker will of course have a higher risk of injury than someone sat in an office, that doesn’t mean you cannot influence their long term health to a much better degree. An ergonomic desk can often make the most difference here, as well as supportive chairs that adapt to the individual users anthropometry. Investing in worthwhile tools such as these can help prevent posture decline, slouching, and a range of healthcare issues that can result from improper desktop practice.
Replacing Safety Equipment
Sure, your manufacturing line safety equipment might be working just fine. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be replaced after a year or so of usage, or inspected even more frequently. Safety equipment is often the last line between an error and an injury, and so ensuring this is well kept, as if equipment in the armory of a battalion, should be your first priority.
With this in mind, investing in your staff health will never be a waste of resources.