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Common Health Issues in the Workplace
Report on health and wellbeing issues that affect workplace productivity

Paige Lucas
17th July 2014

Contents

Introduction
This is a report on common health and wellbeing issues that affect productivity in the workplace. I have identified three common health and wellbeing issues in the workplace and have provided my findings gathered from online research in this report. Purpose

The purpose of this report is to bring awareness to employers and employees about common health and wellbeing issues that affect the productivity in the workplace. Offer standard approaches in how to manage these issues effectively, as well as offering the advice on the best management option to choose.

Common Health & Wellbeing Issues
Colds and Influenza
Nationally cases of recorded influenza have started to increase. As the seasons change in to colder months there will be an increase of absences due to colds and influenza. Employee absences can slow the businesses productivity, also running the risk of infected employees coming into work, unable to provide peak performance and potentially infecting co-workers. Standard Approaches

Encouraging workplace cleanliness and hygiene
Everyone in the workplace should wash their hands before and after using the bathroom, sneezing/coughing. New Policy
Put in place a new Policy & Procedure that sick employees take time off work. Influenza Vaccines
Encouraging employees to get the Influenza vaccine and/or adding the Influenza Vaccine to the workplace employee health care plan. Managing Standard Approaches
Policy for Sick Employees
Putting a new Policy & Procedure is good for businesses as whilst employees are not at work this policy would reduce the risk of co-workers being infected, allowing the business to run more productively and effectively. To manage this new business Policy & Procedure for Employee Sickness would be to notify all employees6, and pay attention to all employees in the upcoming cold months and ask them to go home if the come to work sick. Influenza Vaccines

By either adding to the employee workplace healthcare plans influenza vaccines or encouraging employees to get influenza vaccines coming into the colder months can significantly reduce the risk of colds and influenza in the business and the number of employee absent days. You could manage this approach encouraging employees by reminding them about cold and flu season, and the possible damages it can have upon the business or if there is a high number of employee absences due to colds and influenza offer to put the Influenza Vaccine on the employee workplace healthcare plan. CONCLUSION

My advice for the best way to manage colds and influenza in the workplace would be Influenza vaccines. This is a proven way to prevent the virus from infecting. Stress and Anxiety Disorders
Work related stress is a growing problem around the world that affects not only the health and wellbeing of employees, but also the productivity of the workplace. In Australia, more than $133.9 million was paid in compensation for work related stress during the 2004/2005 tax year. Work related stress also accounts for the longest stretches of absenteeism in the workplace. Standard Approaches

Minimizing Workloads
Minimise workloads of employees that have high amounts of work by passing onto other co-workers. Consulting with Employees
Consult with your employees and give opportunities for them to make decisions that can affect the company. Cultivate a friendly social climate
Provide opportunities for employees to socially interact whilst establishing a zero tolerance policy for harassment. Managing Standard Approaches
Minimizing Workloads
Minimizing workloads of employees that have high amounts of work can significantly reduce the stress of that employee which would mean that employee will be able to provide peak...
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