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6 Ways To Promote Health In The Workplace

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Smiling medical doctor woman with appleIt’s not easy running a business. You have a lot on your plate on a daily basis. And one of the most important daily tasks you have is ensuring the health and safety of all those who work for you. Without a staff that is comprised of positive-minded, well-rested, energetic members, your company is bound to endure some hardships. And, of course, the last thing you want is to have any of your employees endure an illness or injury.

It would especially be unfortunate and detrimental to your company if your employees become ill or injured while on the job. So while motivating your team members towards productive work days is always a necessity, it is equally important to keep in mind that you should be promoting health and wellness on the job. That way, you can ensure a strong and productive team that is happy to work for you.

Here are six ways to promote health in the workplace:

1. Advocate exercise. One of the most popular excuses that people give for their lack of exercise is that they have no time. By offering facilities at your place of business, you give people reasons to lose that excuse. On Inc.com, Lauren Lastowka offers up an alternative to providing gyms and showers, if doing so isn’t possible. “Implement and promote a lunch hour walking club and offer incentives for employees who participate,” she suggests.

2. Encourage better nutrition. Do you have vending machines at your place of work that include an array of chocolate bars and potato chips? If so, lose them. Food that promotes poor health is not doing your company any favours. Not only should you offer healthy options at your cafeteria but according to Dr. Jeffrey Brown in a special to Financial Post, you should “offer incentives for reaching health and weight goals.”

3. Find ways to minimize stress. Stress is bound to occur on any job. But the less of it you’re able to put on your employees, the better they’ll be able to perform their duties. “Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep trouble,” reminds Lastowka, “At the workplace, it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absence from work for related health conditions.”

4. Make drinking water available. If you don’t have water fountains set up at your place of work, bring in water coolers. The importance of staying hydrated cannot be understated. Dr. Brown insists that you “educate staff to stay hydrated by drinking 8 oz. of water each working hour. Discourage caffeine, sodas and energy drinks in the office. Provide clean-filtered water. I recommend reverse-osmosis filters, which are cheap and effective.”

5. Have a doctor make “work calls”. You’ve heard of “house calls” before, right? Why not implement a similar practice at your office? “One of the most innovative trends in workplace wellness has been that of the office doctor’s office,” informs Lastowka, “On-site health clinics give employees the opportunity to schedule office visits for routine care without taking time off work. And they seem to be successful.”

6. Open up the windows. There are few things worse than a dank, congested and musty workplace. Be sure to let in fresh air and sunlight to brighten up the moods of everyone on your team. “Sunlight refreshes us, triggers are feel good chemicals, strengthens our joints and bones, and helps our immune system,” says Dr. Brown, who goes on to mention that “Sick Building Syndrome is an increasing cause of illness and lawsuits.”

Revisiting The Importance Of Rehabilitation

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Doctor checking a knee recovering in hospitalRecovering from a serious injury or an illness can be one of the toughest things a person will ever do. It doesn’t just require treatment that will help bring about a return to better physical health. It also requires a lot of emotional support to get through what is often a long and arduous struggle. Needless to say, rehabilitation is so very important. And as Dr. Richard C. Senelick states on WebMD.com, most of us never think we’ll ever need it.

“Rehabilitation is the key to getting back to functioning at a level where you can live at home, enjoy your family, and hopefully work,” writes Dr. Senelick. He goes on to acknowledge the difficulties that come with the entire rehabilitation process. Again, keeping in mind that there are both physical and emotional limitations during the recovery process, it’s important to help those in recovery meet with positive mindsets.

“Going for therapy and rehabilitation is just like going back to school, because you may have to learn new information,” says Dr. Senelick, “If you were going back to school later in life, you may have to ‘relearn’ information that you had previously acquired…Rarely is it easy, and I always told patients and families that it will be the hardest thing they will ever do. Like school or learning a new skill there are certain principles that make a difference.”

So what are the new skills that need to be learned? Well, to properly answer that question, we need to take a look at the type of rehabilitation that an individual is undertaking. On HubPages.com, it is explained that many patients who have been diagnosed with diseases must learn to live with particular physical limitations – especially if they are planning a return to work. Lung and heart problems, spinal disorders and cancer are listed as examples.

“When a person undergoes rehabilitation after a disease, experts examine the patient by treating symptoms, addressing risk factors, providing counseling or family support and restoring the physical fitness,” says the website. Patients who have gone through injuries may also have physical limitations, but of a different nature. They must learn particular exercises in order to regain muscles that were lost, for example.

“If a person has gone through injuries from sports, accidents or other reasons, rehabilitation can help in improving functionality of movements and maximizing one’s health,” says HubPages.com, “Through this kind of rehabilitation, not only is the physical aspects covered, but also the mental, psychological and sociological aspects in achieving full recovery.” Naturally, there are emotional aspects to address in both types of rehabilitation.

This is because motivation matters. The more motivated a patient is to regain his or her full health, the better that person will be able to succeed in making a complete recovery. “The person who is motivated and tries harder has a better chance of getting better,” insists Dr. Senelick, “It is not always the brightest student who is the most successful: hard work can make a huge difference.”

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Rehab Coordination which involves case management support that assists patients with numerous injury or illness claims. We are highly experienced in the coordination requirements for clients with singular soft tissue injuries to complex, multi-traumatic injuries as well as multi-systems illness involvement. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.