The question that arises is how do you promote good health and reduce stress at work?.
It can be done by the following:
1.Education on the importance of smoking cessation at work.Discourage smoking, limit smoking breaks and smoking designated areas.
2.Nutrition: Encourage balanced nutrition for individuals. Employee canteens must have balanced meal. So the food in the cafeteria and the vending machines should be healthy.
3.Limit stress: Stress can be defined as emotional and physical reactions to threatening behavior from management or the environment. Stress can be very straining to the body. Each individual differences in handling will determine its impact. It is important for the establishment to take preventive measures to prevent the accumulation of stress on individual or the company which will not be cost effective. Continuous stress for a long time can lead to counterproductive behavior, health problems, burnout, poor performance ,tardiness, large turnover rate, and drug abuse. And possible leaving the job for good rather commit suicide because of the job.
4.Back care: It is very important to educate the employees on back care.There are various training programs for employees on back care and how to lift patients. There are many devices now available in hospitals to help nurses and physical therapist take care of their patients.
5.Weight reduction: Facilities should encourage and make provision for weight reduction. Employees are educated on balanced meal plans and the importance of remaining physically active.
6. Conflict resolution:Management should encourage teamwork minimize conflict. Are there role ambiguity or role conflict or role overloaded. Employers should pay attention to minimize stressful situations.
Other factors are personal attempt to control the problem, aggressiveness, impatience, development of self awareness of the job,increase employee participation, job training, skills improvement,improve teamwork, better communication, and health promotion and disease prevention.
Didn’t we all need a healthy work environment?.Together we can make it better.
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