• Annita McCullagh

Riada’s Healthy Workers improve Business Performance


Riada Resourcing know that a Healthy Workforce can increase productivity in the workplace.

Work is good for people’s health and wellbeing, but it’s increasingly being recognised that a healthy workforce is beneficial to employers too. By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase morale, improve your employees’ work-life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business.

What are the Benefits of a Healthy Workforce for Employers

An increasing amount of research confirms the link between employee health and corporate profits. Employees are also less likely to miss work and more likely to be productive on the job and deliver better service to customers.

Evidence shows that undertaking physical activity can help to prevent disease, maintain a healthy weight and promote mental health and wellbeing and by simply promoting good health among workers and creating a positive environment for work, you could reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs.

There are a number of other significant benefits of a healthy workforce. By encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, you can improve:

  • productivity

  • business performance

  • staff morale

  • employee engagement.

You will also be able to reduce:

  • accidents and work-related ill health

  • sick pay costs

  • insurance costs

  • pressure on employees covering for those who are absent.

The bottom line is that a healthy employee is a productive employee. A clear head and happy heart goes a long way in coming up with innovative ideas. Also, these “little things” that you do can certainly make up for the bigger items that perhaps you can’t afford to do in today’s economy, depending on your profitability.

* According to the Physical Activity Task Force, 2003, physically active employees take 27% fewer days of sick leave. This equates to over two days' improved attendance and a savings of £135 per employee.

How Employers can encourage a Healthy Workforce

Employers can promote and encourage increased levels of activity in a number of ways:

  • Encouraging employees to walk, cycle or jog part of or all of the journey into work such as offering secure cycle parking, developing a travel plan and providing information on, and actively promoting, local walking and cycle routes.

  • Allowing staff to work flexible hours that can accommodate physical activity, such as longer lunch breaks.

  • Joining a corporate membership scheme with local leisure services and promoting this with staff.

  • Encouraging participation in local and national events such as sponsored walks and fun runs.

  • Arranging a team gathering or corporate away day that involves some form of physical activity that most staff would be able to participate in, such as a short organizer led walk.

  • Encouraging the use of stairs by displaying the Healthy Working Lives stair walking posters.

  • Arranging a corporate challenge with prizes or incentives that involves physical activity. For example, assigning staff into teams to compete to see who can walk/jog/run/swim/cycle the most miles in a given time period.

  • Providing staff with information on the benefits of physical activity and asking them what types of activities they would be interested in participating in.

How Riada encourages a Healthy Workforce

Our focus to deliver more than people does not stop with our recruitment service. Riada Resourcing believe that a Healthy Workforce can increase productivity in the workplace.

Physical activity is essential for good health. Workplaces can help increase physical activity levels, and thus improve the health of workers, reduce sickness absence and increase productivity.

Prevention is the best cure, hence proactive Riada has negotiated reduced Core Gym membership rates for Riada Workers.

  • Standard member £35.00 (gym including classes) discounted to £25.00 /month

  • Basic member £25.00 (gym only) discounted to £15.00 /month

Present your Riada timesheet to Core Gym reception to redeem your discount and you can try it out for one week FREE. The Offer is effective from January 2016 (prices based on January 2016 rates).

Enjoy!

- Team Riada -

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