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World Health Day – 7 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Health

07 April 2017 10:45


Healthy employees are more productive and positive, take less sickness absence and have higher levels of concentration and output related to business objectives.

What simple and cost effective steps can employers and managers take to improve employee health?

Here’s 7 ideas to get you started:

1. Standing Meetings – the new mantra of the wellness community is that “Sitting is the new smoking”. As well as switching things up and getting your team to think more spontaneously, standing meetings are often quicker, more dynamic and action-focused and can provide a well-needed break from sitting at a desk. Sedentary lifestyles and work that does not involve regular physical activity can be major factors contributing to Type II diabetes and Heart Disease.

2. Keep hydrated – make water and herbal teas freely available. Britain may be a nation famous for being powered by tea (and more frequently now, coffee) but nothing beats water for hydration and aiding concentration. It could be good for your waistline too, as most people snacking can find what they believe are hunger signals are actually signs to drink more water.

3. Make regular breaks part of the culture – strong social bonds are better for mental health and breakout areas can encourage people to talk to new colleagues, improve collaboration across teams and improve problem solving by allowing colleagues to seek opinions and new perspectives to issues in the business.

4. Offer lunchtime health and wellbeing activities – whether it’s walking, running, cycling or getting a specialist in to give a talk on ways to manage stress, offering opportunities to break up the working day and do something for employee health can be well received and improve performance in the later part of the day.

5. Empower your employees – make opportunities for health examinations and assessments available on-site and online.

6. Reward participation – as well as better health, what is in it for your employees? It could be vouchers, recognition, league tables – you know your employee and what they will respond to, and rewarding and recognising positive healthy behaviours sends a clear message and encourages engagement.

7. Cover the basics – make sure all health and safety and workstation assessments are carried out at least annually, and that health, safety and well-being is a standing agenda item in all one-to-one sessions between managers and staff.

Salutem Health is an innovative company supporting organisations to meet the Workplace Behavioural Health needs of employees. For further comment, or for further information, please contact Laura on 0207 9932060 or email

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Laura Morrison

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About Salutem Health

Salutem Health;
An organisation designed to help Workplace Behavioural Health

Salutem Health ( has been created by Ian Young, the Founder of Sober Services, to improve Workplace Behavioural Health.
Many professionals struggle with the stress, dependency and various other issues in a workplace. Through their work in Sober Services, Salutem Health identified a need to provide specialised consultation, training and advisory services to organisations to address this requirement.

The aims of Salutem Health are to supporting identification, prevention and education for employers and employees, on behavioural issues in the workplace. This extends to supporting active case management, and where appropriate and agreed with the employer, making a seamless referral to Sober Services. At Sober services, they tailor the appropriate treatment for the employee’s situation; whether it is an intervention, detox, or one-to-one coaching, to support the individual towards healthy living and successful sobriety.

People experience highs and lows for many reasons, at all levels of their professional careers. For your organisation and long-term growth, your employees are the greatest asset you have. Your employees are your best investment, so ultimately it is a necessity to ensure the staff’s wellbeing is a priority.

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