How can you boost workplace productivity while supporting health and safety? A growing amount of evidence shows that a coordinated approach to workplace health is likely to produce better results than a piece-meal approach.
Explore Workplace Health Strategies
Workers in the United States spend more than one-third of their day at work. Employers are recognizing that they can uniquely promote health and safety. By exploring workplace health strategies, leaders realize that it is possible to improve the quality of life for 138 million workers across America.
Every business has unique opportunities to promote physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being. Workplace programs can be instrumental in preventing disease, injury, and disorders.
While many leaders look at health from the standpoint of productivity, there are broader benefits. Workplace strategies can influence social norms and establish a culture of health. Companies can become known for their health-affirmative policies and support of employee well-being.
As you consider workplace productivity, take the time to look at the bigger picture.
What is the current state of your workplace?
This may require a site visit as well as conducting personnel interviews. Check to make sure that you are talking with key managers and employees. You may find out different perspectives depending on whom you speak with.
This varies depending on the location, business, and organization. You may have a set of policies at the home office, yet different practices at field offices. Check to confirm that you have a clear picture of the policies in the binder — and the practices in real life.
As you dive deeper into this issue of health and safety, explore the data. Find out the statistics, such as how many employees have completed OSHA 10, and OSHA 30 training. Determine how many employees are taking training at physical locations versus online pieces of training.
By examining the data, you can identify trends and implement effective policies.
As you’re looking into the data, compare your healthcare and pharmaceutical claims. Are you seeing trends from different locations? Are you noticing variances amongst diseases, problems, or claims?
As you examine claims, make sure to obtain data from any health insurance providers. Get professional support to guarantee you are accurately interpreting the data.
Connect The Dots
Take the time to ‘connect the dots’ between all the information you’re reviewing. Take a detailed look at the impact of programs, policies, implementation, and evaluating methods.
With this in mind, explore some of the variations that could be impacting results.
• Look at employee demographics.
Are you noticing any trends amongst different employee locations or populations? This could inspire unique programs such as offering pieces of training in different languages or at different times to reach your target population.
• Consider organizational structure.
What trends stand out across your organization? Are senior executives taking advantage of health programs, counseling, and coaching? Are mid-level managers participating at a similar level? Explore any variances so you can make informed decisions on future programs.
• Explore health benefit plans.
What are your current health benefits packages? Are they helping you attract top talent? Are your plans on par with competitors and enabling you to retain top talent?
• Examine time and attendance patterns.
What are you noticing about the timing of training and attendance? Is mid-week training more popular than an end-of-week one? Are virtual training commands better attendance than physical ones?
Based on your findings, you can adjust and tweak your next offerings.
• Review policies.
As you look at this broad view, consider any changes and refinements that might be useful to your policies. Perhaps you’re seeing an opportunity to offer personalized vacation time, maternity or paternity leave, or sick time variances. Possibly, you are seeing an increase in requests for overtime at a certain location or in a specific season.
Based on your review, take a closer look at your company policies.
Get Input From Employees
Finally, be sure to include your employees. Ask new hires what they are seeking. Talk with long-time employees and executive staff. With input from your employees, you can refine your workplace health strategies for the most beneficial outcomes.