Covid-19 has certainly changed the way we all live and work, and, with lockdown restrictions easing and a ‘new normal’ emerging, more focus than ever is being placed on long-term health and wellbeing by working age people.
For employers, this is an important development and certainly one of the legacies Covid will leave.
Afterall, a large proportion of our lives is spent at work and therefore maintaining good health and wellbeing in the workplace will play a vital part in achieving an overall healthier way of life.
Of course, for a long time, businesses have been required to comply with health and safety legislation and many have recognised the value in providing healthy working environments in order to retain staff, increase productivity and ultimately deliver a positive impact on the bottom line.
However, a greater emphasis on workplace health and wellbeing will now be in the minds of employees themselves.
In the short term, that emphasis may be closely linked to Covid-19 and the need to work and interact with colleagues in a safe manner.
And, creating Covid Secure workplaces, facilitating a safe return to work, managing how much time is actually spent in the office whilst maybe retaining an element of working from home, and providing support for those experiencing lockdown related mental health issues are all things employers are currently dealing with.
Looking further forward, and to post Covid, that short term emphasis will shift and employers are sure to demand an even greater occupational health provision.
That will indeed create fresh challenges for employers, and especially so for those who presently have little or no occupational health policies in place.
‘Occupational Health’ is of course a common term and ‘protecting people from developing work related ill health’ is probably how it’s mainly interpreted. In reality though, Occupational Health services can extend much further and will become vital in satisfying future expectations of the workforce.
In addition to basic health and safety requirements, Occupational Health providers can deliver a wide range of health initiatives in the workplace, and in turn create alternatives to how healthcare is traditionally accessed and general wellbeing maintained.
It all makes sense really, adults spend huge amounts of time at work and therefore in the future, and with a greater focus on health and wellbeing, why wouldn’t they expect employers to play a big part in helping them to live healthier lives?
So, for employers it’s an easy proposition. With employees being the most valuable asset a business can possess, investing in the health of the workforce can only bring huge benefit to the business and that of society in general.
At Central Occupational Health, we’re ahead of the curve and urge employers to contact us, regardless of what current occupational health policies they have in place, and by working together we know we can help to solve both the short and long term health and wellbeing needs of the UK workforce.
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