It’s a busy day at the office, you’ve just cleared your inbox to zero, and all of a sudden,
you feel a headache coming on. For some of us, this is a minor inconvenience —
we gulp down a bit more coffee and run to another meeting. But when that headache turns
into a full-blown sinus infection, that’s where an inconvenience turns into a real health issue.
On the job, we’re busier than ever - leaving less time for workers to take care of ourselves.
But maintaining our health helps us perform better and lead healthier lives, which means health should be a priority for everyone.
Here are three things you can do to stay healthy at the office — and life outside the 9-to-5.
1. Learn about your benefits — and actually use them.
No matter your company’s benefit plans, it’s important for you to understand the options available to you for medical, vision, and dental care, as well as any additional perks your organisation might provide. Whatever benefits would make your life and health better, let your HR team know — because to keep their employees engaged, happy, and healthy, they need to understand what benefits matter most.
2. Tap into technology.
Use technology you already have to your advantage. Try setting calendar reminders to get up, stretch your legs, and do a lap around the office once every hour — and use a keyboard tray or standing desk to improve posture and avoid wrist fatigue. Ask your doctor about technology hacks they’d recommend.
3. Establish healthy work-life boundaries.
As our society becomes even more aware of and open about mental health issues, it’s critical
for employees to set up better boundaries between work and life — and make an effort to stick to them.
While it can be hard to find the time to take advantage of your workplace benefits, that’s what they’re
there for: to benefit you and keep you from burning out. Whether that’s simply using all of your PTO or
tapping into your best quality medical care, claiming time and resources for yourself and your health
will help you be a better employee for your company.
At the end of the day, every employee must figure out how to balance their career demands with their health — and if you work for a great company, those two facets should be able to coexist. Talk to your HR leaders about your benefits package, and tap into technology to help take care of your health at the office and on the road. Your career — and your well-being — will thank you.