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Start the year off in good health

Profit from company vitality

Our health is our own business – an easy assumption to make. Naturally, we see our health as a private matter for which everyone must take personal responsibility. And yet, work plays an important part in our daily lives and work commitments have a profound effect on our health. This is the reason why employees and managers share a common interest in creating a working environment that promotes good health.

Healthy workers have more fun

According to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), a third of the population in Switzerland believes that work interferes with their health. No wonder, then, that health problems account for the majority of absences from work. People are more susceptible to illness during the winter. Instinctively, we think of darkness and low temperatures as stress-inducing for our bodies – which we want to avoid. Our ‘natural’ reaction is to drive to work or take public transport, and generally spend more time indoors. This is, to a certain extent, toxic to our health. And yet it is easily remedied. Taking regular exercise in fresh air keeps the circulation going, acclimatises us to colder temperatures, exposes us to more natural daylight and thus reduces the level of stress hormones in the blood.

Companies can do a lot to encourage their workers to exercise more during winter. Even just a short walk or some exercise at lunchtime can do much to prevent ill health. Plus, it means you’re pleased with yourself for overcoming your inner slothfulness despite the weather.

Better health in the workplace with little effort

Many companies already have a workplace health management scheme in place. This may involve sports activities, training, flexible working hours or a variety of other measures. However, in most cases these are isolated activities. In order to prevent ill-health in a sustainable way, these activities need to be shifted into a group context. This doesn’t have to take up large resources and can be achieved in stages.

The introduction of workplace health management in small and medium-sized enterprises is much easier when you use a free, modular programme that requires no previous experience. KMU-vital has a 10-step programme – from operational analysis via strategy development to the implementation of measures and an accompanying evaluation process – that demonstrates how workplace health promotion can be implemented in any company, whatever the size.