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October is healthy workplace month in Canada, a cause that encourages workplaces across the country to focus on being well, feeling well, eating well and connecting well.
If you are like most Canadians, you probably spend a good part of your week at work. It’s not uncommon for people to spend 40 hours or more at work each week, but for some reason, people tend to overlook the importance of their work environment.
If you think about it, on an average day, you probably spend the same amount of time at work as you do at home. Given how much time you spend at your workplace, it's important for it to be just as healthy an environment as that at home. A healthy workplace environment helps you to stay healthy and be a productive employee.
Your approach to health at work can have a significant impact on various areas of your life. Here are some revealing statistics about overall health and well-being at the workplace:
Based on these numbers, it’s clear that workplace health needs to be a priority for everyone.
Here are some ways you can improve your well-being:
Workplace wellness promotes happy and healthy employees, which leads to a better overall work environment, greater productivity, improvement in morale and a better company overall. It also ensures you are a healthier individual, which can help you keep your health care costs down. If your company does not offer group benefits, make sure that you are covered by private health insurance coverage to protect yourself.
Do you make workplace health a priority? What are some of the initiatives that either you do personally or your company does to improve workplace health?
Learn more about healthy workplace month and initiatives to make your workplace a healthier one.