As the dust settles, it appears 25% of the U.S. workforce may be working at home permanently, while another 20% might split their time between an at-home office and the workplace. This highlights the importance of expanding workplace health rules and regulations outside of the office building or work site. Here are some more at-home considerations to include in a company's wellness program.
- Show understanding for employees working in at-home environments. Distractions and non-work-related responsibilities often accompany this work setting. This can include pets, children, and other personal life elements.
- Offer employee wellness activities for the entire workforce, including at-home employees.
- Provide flexible work hours to accommodate individuals who wish to work outside of a typical 9-to-5.
- Give workers a stipend to create a productive at-home office.
- Ensure wellness programs and information on health care are available for employees to access from home.
- Encourage managers to provide support for employees who are caregivers, as accommodating their family needs can enhance employee satisfaction and alleviate the effects of stress-related illnesses.
Accounting for Physical and Mental Health
Until recently, mental health was not typically the focus of wellness programs and employee health guidelines. Now considered a crucial component of a healthy work environment, mental health is a core aspect of health care and health programs offered by companies of all sizes.
Physical wellness programs include but are not limited to:
- Health care insurance allowing for regular doctor visits at a small or no cost.
- Reduced-cost workout classes and gym memberships.
- Chairs and equipment that feature ergonomics.
- Providing healthy snacks and accessibility to water and other beverages.
- Provide a smoking cessation program for employees who smoke or vape.
Mental wellness programs include but are not limited to:
- Healthcare insurance that provides accessibility to therapy and other employee wellness activities.
- Unlimited mental health days.
- Flexible work hours.
- Encouraging workers to take full breaks.
Final Thoughts on Workplace Health and Safety
Creating a comprehensive health and safety plan is important. It will give companies an advantage in taking care of employee happiness, health, and productivity. By ensuring OSHA compliance and adding premium health care insurance options, companies can retain and improve their workforce.