Workplace health is important too

28Jan

Work is an important part of our lives.  It’s what we do to earn a living, it allows us to do the things we want to do in our personal lives and it’s a way to contribute to the community or the common good.  Most of our waking hours are spent at work, so doing a job we enjoy and find satisfying can also provide a meaningful focus for our lives.  Our standard of living also hinges on the income we earn and can contribute to our self-image and self-esteem.

Health at Work

Maintaining your health at work is just as important a priority as is performing your job well and getting the results you have been employed to do.  However, we can all experience work-related issues which affect us in different ways and can often get in the way of doing a good job.  Work-related issues can affect our physical, emotional and mental health.  Employers are aware that if they proactively support the health and wellbeing of their employees they can also reduce absenteeism, increase engagement and improve work productivity.

Work-Related Issues

There are many work-related issues which can affect our health in the workplace. Some examples: job dissatisfaction, long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with co-workers or bosses.  These issues affect us in different ways, however there are some strategies you can put in place to deal with these issues or at least manage them in a confident way:

  • Clear Communication – good communication between you and your boss or colleagues is key to maintaining positive relationships and ensures you have a clear understanding of your responsibilities.
  • Work-Life Balance – paying attention to the amount of time you spend at work can help you with work-related stress. Putting a large amount of time into your work can put your family life, social life and personal interests out of balance.
  • Eat Healthy – What we eat and drink affects not just our health but our work performance too. Eat well-balanced meals and drink enough water during the day.  Bringing in your own lunch is also a good idea because you know exactly what’s in your lunchbox.
  • Deal with Stress – Learning to identify the symptoms of stress is critical. Don’t wait for it to affect you before you do something about it. A great way to deal with stress is to prioritise your workload and not take on more than you can handle.
  • Exercise – Many of us spend long hours at work and much of that time sitting at a desk. Build exercise into your day by walking over to someone’s desk rather than speaking to them by phone or sending an email, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or using your lunch break to go for a walk.


Need Further Help?

Chemistworks is committed to the ongoing good health and wellbeing of its customers.  If you would like advice about managing workplace health, come then talk to one our friendly staff at a store near you.