Healthy workers are productive workers.
it is hard to argue with that statement.
However, we might argue about what makes a healthy worker.
Unlike the darkest day’s of the industrial revolution, nowadays, there are not many jobs – in developed countries- that are physically damaging or dangerous.
There are, though, many jobs which create anxiety, stress and other mental problems
Luckily, many employers are starting to see the dangers – helped by a general awareness-raising by celebrities including the British royal family – and are starting to address the issues
Where they don’t we tend to get ‘self-medication’ by employees taking energy drinks, alcohol and other drugs to ‘get through the day’. Such stimulants may give a short-term boost but are very dangerous over longer timescales. Even worse, the people involved are often so tired at the end of the workday, they fail to exercise and compound their problem.
Simple guidance – especially when built intro work-rest regimes within the workplace – can help tremendously- Staff should be encouraged to stay hydrated, avoid stimulants, use stairs instead of lifts, park a short distance away and walk ‘the last mile’, and eat healthy snacks … but it is the job itself that is ‘the crunch’.
Jobs should be designed to avoid or minimise stress – as should working relationships and organisational structures.
Managers and supervisors must be trained to recognise signs of stress – and act accordingly.
If you think this is just pandering to the ’snowflake generation’, you are probably part of the problem … and you probably have lower than optimal productivity!