Business of Well-being

Why You Need to Promote Occupational Health

If you were to ask most people to define ''wellness'', the answer you may get will reflect what one individual sees in another. The signs of being well are living a life injury free or of any medical condition, upon the ability to exercise and feel rich from a balanced diet. Anybody who isn't perceived to be well once lived a level of good optimal health.

Along the way, where did this decline? Was there a particular factor or many that contributed to this unwanted cause? How can we identify these symptoms we cannot see? For many, mental illness can be caused by subconscious factors that they don't entirely notice, like their state of occupational health.

Throughout Canada and the United States, the governing education bodies promote that there are seven dimensions to overall wellness. Each dimension has a significant part to play in how we perceive better physical and mental health on a daily basis.

This model was setup so we could capture any factors in our lives that may be silently deteriorating our health. The model changed in recent years from having five dimensions, due to the finding of significant factors that affect over 86% of workers in North America.

The Five Dimensions Of Health

  • Emotional Health
  • Intellectual Health
  • Spiritual Health
  • Social Health
  • Physical Health

These ultimately became: The Seven Dimensions Of Health

  • Emotional Health
  • Intellectual Health
  • Spiritual Health
  • Social Health
  • Physical Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Environmental Health

Why Occupational Health is a Significant Dimension in Overall Wellness

There are many scenarios that eliminate the balance of good health, even if you were to think they were healthy. Some of us are too conscious about how we can keep a state of equilibrium. As personal trainers, we want you to keep a balance of what we perceive as healthy, again something that's balanced.

Isolating yourself from society by being obsessive about exercise and nutrition wouldn't exactly be well from a psychological perspective. Therefore, this affects your social health. Having a nice job but not living in an area that has good transportation, void of air pollution and has drug related problems, could lead to a decline in your environmental health.

Not having people who can talk to you about solving problems or any matters in your life could affect your intellectual health. Occupational health is a leading factor of good health, as we spend 8-12 hours daily at the workplace.

Toronto is a demanding city for young professionals. It is easy to say when we are frustrated that we don't like working. Everyone has their days where they feel overwhelmed, but there must be a certain level of satisfaction to your occupation.

If one dimension gets affected, the rest do too, making occupational health significant for the hours consumed on where you focus your energy. In most cases, people who don't have a certain level of occupational health, don't take initiative of their physical or social health, therefore are not living a healthy lifestyle.

Questions to Ask About Your Occupational Health

  1. Do you feel you can talk to your co-workers about what is important to you?
  2. Do you feel you have a manageable load of tasks to complete?
  3. Do you feel equal to your co-workers in terms of expectation?
  4. Do feel trouble sleeping at night about work related issues?

Importance Of Corporate Health Programs

Most feelings at the workplace are sparked by stress, nothing personal. Everybody wants to succeed and making that work together can always be made better. Employees of a firm need to be able to express good emotion to each other during their working day as well as dealing with work related matters. This is why corporate wellness is a good solution.

Exercise releases good endorphins and amongst colleagues it brings about a better sense of group spirituality. It makes people in a firm separate their professional and social differences in a good light, clearing the air of stressful daily working tasks.

Interestingly enough, with how health conscious society is these days, everyone knows they must keep fit to live and work at an effective level. Corporate fitness at the workplace denies the stressful thought of making time to keep fit by commuting to the club. It also contributes that there is a feeling of inspiration involved in tackling this objective as a team.

Corporate health programs also statistically lowers the expense of health care costs at the workplace, as most health related diseases are mostly chronic related and avoidable. It is said that between 70-80% of healthcare expenses are submitted due to the fact that most employees have not taken the initiative on taking care of their own well-being. As a result, the rate of workers being absent from work rises and the risk of recurring illness increases.

Staying Aware

Firms cannot be fully responsible for the health of their employees.

In most cases, companies or employers will deny that they contribute to the decline of good physical and mental health of an employee. It is hard to identify at times what exactly is wrong. Is the job right for an individual? Are their expectations reasonable and manageable? Is the employee good at their job but his/her health is getting worse due to stress and inactivity?

Human Resources can Develop Health and Wellness Programs by Compiling Feedback

  1. What recreational activities would interest you at the workplace?
  2. Are you finding it difficult to stay healthy? What do you find gets in the way?
  3. Would you find it easier to exercise during working hours or at the end of the day?
  4. Would educational activities interest you at the workplace regarding good healthcare?
  5. Would a corporate health program help you reduce stress?

Human Resources Management can then Measure Statistics Going Forward

  1. Are the employees at the performing better?
  2. Is there less expenditure in healthcare benefits due to better employee wellness?
  3. Is team morale better and are co-workers feeling better about each other?
  4. Are employees benefiting from a higher level of stamina and not burning out?
  5. Have employee absenteeism stats reduced, as they are happier coming to work?  

It is statistically proven that corporate wellness does reduce health and performance related issues at the workplace. Finding the right fit for your team requires planning. The right plan will achieve a higher rate of participation and will include a lot of interactive activities that are practical and educational. The request for continuation will mean that your program is succeeding.

Employees appreciate the investment of corporate wellness programs and the results make it worthwhile.

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