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Is your company promoting employee wellness?

Many businesses have realized the benefits of health promotion, and to curb the costs of rising health care they have begun offering wellness programs t...

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|Apr 29|magazine6 min read

Many businesses have realized the benefits of health promotion, and to curb the costs of rising health care they have begun offering wellness programs to their employees. Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health.

Although chronic diseases like obesity are among the most common and costly of all health problems, adopting healthy lifestyles can help prevent them. A wellness program aimed at keeping employees healthy is a key long-term human asset management strategy.

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However, if you don’t have a wellness program in place just yet, here are three ways to help keep your employees healthy.

1. Raise their computer screen.

According to the director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, employees should not look down or up to see the screen of their computer. If their eyes have to look lower or higher than 10 degrees, raise their screen. This avoids neck and back aches as well as dry eye syndrome caused by staring up too high.

2. Remind them of good posture.

Do your employees practice good posture techniques? According to Business Review Canada, most people get so engaged in their work that they crane their necks without really knowing it. The publication advises sending out a memo detailing the importance of good posture and making sure that all employees have adequate office supplies, such as an appropriate desk and chair.

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3. Tell them to stand up.

Encourage your employees to take various breaks and stand up from time to time. Allow workers five or so minutes throughout the day to stand up and walk away from their desk. Give your employees a chance to stretch and get rid of the kinks in their body that may have formed due to sitting for long periods of time.

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