Working from home is suitable for some, but not for all. The benefits can sometimes outweigh the negative elements, but not always. Whilst employers are keen to instil a productive culture for those employees who are working from home, they are also eager to inform employees of flexible working schedules and the physical benefits of taking time away from their workstations - whether at the kitchen table or the home office.
This also extends to employees returning to the office. Many employees have become anxious about returning to work. The prospect of being in crowded places such as the canteen can add an extra degree of stress to the working day. So, no matter what working arrangements are in place, it can be significantly important to get out and about.
Evidence suggests being outside and spending around 20 minutes is enough to improve your well-being and mental health — even if you don't exercise, it's just about being outside. Spending time outdoors, especially in open green spaces, is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and wellbeing. It's been proven to reduce stress, promote a feeling of calm, and lower blood pressure - all whilst boosting your mood and mental health.
How far should I walk every day?
The NHS suggests a brisk walk where you aim to maintain a speed of about 3 miles an hour - ever so slightly faster than a stroll. A good tip - "if you can still talk but cannot sing the words to a song," you're walking briskly.
What are the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air?
Below we have covered some of the most popular benefits.
- Increases uptake of Vitamin D
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts your mood
- Increases creativity
- Allows you to think
- Helps your mental health
- Can reduce inflammation
- Improves sleep
- Burns more calories
- Boosts your immune systems
- Reduces anxiety
Encouraging some light physical activity such as walking or running will strengthen your employees' immune systems – making them less susceptible to illnesses. In turn, this leads to a reduction in the number of sick days, fewer medical appointments, and an overall improvement to employee absenteeism.
At UKIM, we can help employers adopt a range of Employee Wellbeing Strategies. Our aim is to provide a range of preventative approaches and solutions to help people to thrive at work. In return, your investment in the health and wellbeing of your employees will enable you to reduce sickness and improve on Absence & Presenteeism - whilst making your employee feel more valued and rewarding you with their loyalty.
What are the benefits of an Occupational Health Employee Wellbeing Strategy?
An Employee Wellbeing Strategy focuses on physical, psychological & social factors of the wellbeing of your workforce.
Prevention is better than cure. So introducing these preventative solutions with an Employee Wellbeing Strategy not only improves employee engagement and productivity, it reduces the number of days (and money) lost to sickness & absence, delivering tangible benefits and a return on investment.
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