When we are referring to WHS it’s easy to get caught up in the ‘S’ of the acronym and just focus on safety. But it’s important to remember the ‘H’ and to consider the health of yourself and your employees.
It’s always reassuring when I get to work with organisations that look at the health of their team as a core element of their approach.
For many of us the workplace is actually where we spend the majority of our ‘awake’ time each week. We are there for at least eight hours, five days a week, so it’s important that our health is not forgotten in that timeframe.
An effective strategy I have seen a lot recently has been the introduction of workplace massages.
The management team or owners hire qualified professionals to come into the workplace (whether it is scheduled to be once a week or on a more ad hoc basis) to provide employees with massages.
Massage has a number of benefits, including reducing stress, allowing individuals time to refocus, lowering of blood pressure and improvement of sleep quality.
From a workplace perspective it can increase employee retention, make you a workplace of choice, decrease workers compensation costs and increase productivity.
So whilst on the surface workplace massage can appear to be a gimmick, in actual fact it could be the smartest ‘health’ decision you make for your team.
If you would like to talk about your WHS needs – and in particular the HEALTH of your employees, please feel free to get in touch.