Updated: Sep 17, 2020
These are stressful times.
Nonetheless, employers should still encourage staff to prioritize their health.
Now, I’m not talking about having your team protect themselves from the novel coronavirus (although this is certainly important). What I’m referring to in this post are a number of best practices companies can leverage to promote a healthier workforce.
With that, here are four health tips for your employees:
1. Catch Up on Lost Sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation urges healthy adults to aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. While not everyone can consistently hit that target, the truth is that we can make up for lost time. It’s important that workers address their sleep deficit before it catches up with them.
2. Step Away from Your Desk.
42% of the American labor force is currently working from home. However, this doesn’t mean you should sit at your desk all day. Prolonged sitting can actually be harmful, so you’ll want to get up and stretch from time to time—and take a longer walk on your lunch break if you can.
3. Minimize Eyestrain.
Have you ever sat in front of a computer all day, and found yourself grappling with headaches and sensitivity to light? Most of us have been there. In actuality, these are symptoms of eyestrain, which can be prevented by blinking regularly and keeping a safe distance between your eyes and your screen.
4. Be Mindful of Your Posture.
During the workday, it’s easy to fall into the trap of poor posture. To mitigate this, aim to rest your feet on the floor, support your back, and adjust your chair height so you can type with your wrists straight. You will also want to keep your computer monitor at eye level to protect your neck.
A healthier, more focused workforce will lead to a spike in productivity, staff retention, and communication—all of which are ideal for protecting your company and your bottom line.
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