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Wellness and Safety - National Safety Month, Week Two

While the connection might not seem obvious at first, there is a direct correlation between being well and keeping yourself and your co-workers and employees safe. Being deliberate about paying attention to wellness – physical, mental, and financial – helps us to be more prepared to avoid and, when necessary, react to situations that threaten our safety. Read on for tips in maintaining wellness in each of these areas.

Physical Wellness

  • Get up and stay active throughout the day.
    • A healthy mind and body has a big effect on preventing illness
  • Wellness education should be a top priority
    • Health in the workplace should be encouraged to educate people about its importance.
    • Educate with quick reminders about eating, and exercise
  • Discuss a safety topic to focus on daily
    • Have a safety talk every morning, as the focus of that day. Throughout the year make that topic health related.
    • Lead stretching in the morning to remain safe from muscle strains.
  • Healthy food options at work
    • If food is offered at the jobsite, include healthy choices.
    • If packing your lunch, visit this website for healthy choices.

Mental Wellness

  • Create a positive work environment
    • As an employer, create a healthy and positive work environment.
    • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, and bullying, encourage work-life balance, and create a positive workplace culture.
  • Eliminate the stigma around mental illness
    • Create an open and honest environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable asking for help.
  • Training on mental health awareness
    • Employers should set up mental health first-aid training programs to help their workforce recognize the signs of stress.
    • Mental health training will increase workforce productivity and efficiency.

Financial Wellness

  • Create a budget
    • Look at your past spending to get an accurate look at where you’ve spent money and decide if there are any recurring costs or occasional expenditures you can do without.
    • Save for an emergency. You can’t predict what will happen, don’t get caught off guard by emergencies and put yourself in a stressful financial situation.
    • Additional financial wellness tips are offered on our website.
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