Health and wellbeing in the workplace: the basics


If you’re a company leader, it’s likely you reckon you’ve got health and safety sussed. However, this is a complex and highly important subject, and you may not even be aware of some of the essential guidelines. In this blog, we take it back to basics to make sure you’re up to speed with the minimum requirements.

Comfort and contentedness

So that your employees are happy and content while they work, you need to make sure that their work environment is comfortable. If your members of staff are able to carry out their daily tasks in a place that is spacious and pleasant, they’re much more likely to perform well, be productive and adopt positive-thinking attitudes. For example, in an office environment, you could start by making sure they are equipped with comfortable workstations. Spacious desks and fully supportive chairs are crucial if you want to prevent your personnel from feeling cramped and developing potentially serious health conditions, such as back pain. If your current furnishings aren’t up to scratch, you may want to think about upgrading to models that have been designed with the user in mind. From seats with inbuilt lumbar support to ergonomic desk surfaces, you shouldn’t struggle to find innovative pieces of office furniture from Furniture At Work™ and other specialist retailers, both online and in store.

Safety and security

As a manager, it is in your interests to ensure your workplace is safe and secure for both you and your employees. In fact, as a leader, you are required by law to control risks in your workplace, ensuring your colleagues can work without fear or threat of injuring themselves. Whether you’re operating a warehouse or overseeing work in an office, it’s vital that you take safety seriously. When it comes to the basics, there are some simple safety checks you can carry out every day, from making sure all walkways and exits are clear of obstruction, to immediately cleaning up spilt liquids, to tidying away loose cables and wires. You should also make sure your employees are aware of what they should do in the event of a fire, and you must assign certain staff members as first aiders. Putting these actions into practice should help you keep on top of safety in your workplace.

Trust and confidentiality

While the physical wellbeing of you and your employees is paramount, mental health is just as important. Stress, anxiety and depression are extremely serious yet common health conditions, and the way your workers feel can have a massive impact on their performance at work, so it should be on your radar to make sure you’re doing everything you can to look after them. Offering your support and help when it’s needed might be enough. However, you may want to put an effective channel of communication in place which allows your employees to speak to those in a senior position about their concerns in private and with the utmost confidentiality and trust.

While there is much more to health and safety in workplace, the points in this blog should help you gain an understanding of the basics and in turn enable you to create a happy and healthy working environment.