Your business results depends on health of your employees

by Ashvini on December 20, 2012 · 6 comments

in General,My Personal Thoughts

Health of the employee needs to be the biggest consideration of a company.

We live in competitive times and often in a bid to chase deals, finish projects we accumulate a lot of stress. This stress then often manifests itself in the form of heart attacks, obesity, increased blood pressure and many other ailments.

In my opinion, companies pay only a lip service to health of the employees. A healthy employee is an asset while an unhealthy one can become a liability. I have seen a lot of people work under huge pressure which only increased their stress and health trouble.

http://www.investorsinpeople.co.uk/documents/research/the%20business%20case%20for%20employee%20health%20and%20wellbeing%20feb%202010.pdf outlines that billions (yes with a B) of pounds are lost because of unhealthy workforce.

An unhealthy worker may develop extreme problems right at the critical juncture and thus put the whole project in jeopardy. In places that are machinery intensive, a worker may cause or suffer an accident that is both dangerous to the unit or himself. An unhealthy worker may not be able to take up additional work because of sickness.

There are plenty of ways in which companies can reduce such stress (from my own experience)

Allow employees to choose their own plan

A few employees would be happier to work if they are allowed to set their own work plan schedules. Opposed to “common wisdom”, not everyone likes to fit in a 9 to 5 job. Allow such flexibility wherever possible.

More planning, lesser execution

A business that plans better has lesser trouble in execution. Good planning and incorporating learning from previous projects will make projects better planned, executed and with lesser problems. Lesser problems mean lower stress level of people working for the project.

Not expecting superhuman results

Your business results are a function of health of your business employees. Expecting unrealistic results often lead to higher stress level and propensity to fall ill.

Focussed work and less distraction

Putting a capable employee in all kind of work because he or she performs well, is almost like making him or her incapable of doing anything. It is a well-known fact that human minds works best when un–distracted. It is unproductive to fit too many activities in one person’s schedule and puts him under a lot of stress

More connected => lesser time to cool off

A person is connected all throughout the day with his office. Cell phones, VPN, internet keep the employee on the hook all the time. It is important to allow employee to disconnect and give his mind and body some rest.

Force employees to take vacations

I read somewhere that employees do complete vacations because of various reasons (such as missing out on important decision, passed over for promotion and others). In my opinion, employees should be encouraged to plan and take as many vacations as possible. While he is on vacation companies need to avoid doing things which may force people to abandon vacation plans.

Teach them to delegate

Delegation is not an easy thing but if done well can work wonders for your workforce. Trainings on how to delegate work can be of immense help here.

A healthy workforce is must for higher productivity and better customer relationship.

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Steve Rice January 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

This is such an important topic, Ashvini. I learned the importance of self-care through some health challenges at the end of 2012. These were caused by stress and a lowered immune system. I know it was directly related to my work environment.

It is sometimes tough to think in a “big picture” way when you’re an employer because this is not easily measurable…and when you’re thinking of the bottom line, it’s easier just to push employees as expendable assets.

The wise business operator will recognize the power of healthy employees in the long run and do everything he or she can to improve the working ability of the employee.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi Steve,

It is so good to see you on my blog after I had a chance to interact with you yesterday. As an employer yes it might be necessary to push people to do more . However I have seen that employees are not let off from the work. Smartphones, computers at home always keep them hooked. The stress is often too much to take.

There needs to be a balanced approach without sacrificing the profitability.

Thanks for your comment and see you soon at your blog :)

Calra December 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

These are some excellent points you have toouched upon. I have seen companies taking a lot of work from their employess ignoring their health part which is just noot right. A healthy body and a healthy mind can contribute a great deal to the success of an organization. Thanks for sharing.

Veronica December 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

I agree that we should learn how to value our people more. They contribute a lot in making our business shine, which is why we should learn how to appreciate and take care of them, most especially their health. Thanks a lot! :D

Joy@gazebo December 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I agree! Business results indeed depend on the health of those you trust to do the front line work. Since it is them who acts as the cell of your business, they have to be valued and their health should be an important matter. Thanks for sharing this nice blog with us!

Radu December 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I believe that your advises can be better applied to the small companies where the competition is not that big rather than to a multicorp. where everything is at stake.
True, keep your employee in good shape and he will be productive is my motto also.

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