‘I got a letter in the post the other day. It said, ‘Do Not Bend’. I thought, how am I supposed to pick it up?’
As a chap of a certain age, I can fully relate to the trepidation we sometimes feel when we put pressure on our backs. Yes, I do all the stretching that my osteopath told me to do, and yes, I have worked on my core… However, I still think twice before shifting a box in my garage, moving a chest of drawers, or pulling up weeds in the garden (yes, watch that one – that’s where it all started in 2001). So, it made me consider how a long-term back injury would affect my overall wellbeing?
As employers, if you want a happy and healthy workforce, it’s a good idea to ensure that your staff have access to help if they are struggling in any of these three areas. It’s also a valuable idea to be proactive, to prevent your employees having problems, so you don’t have to deal with the repercussions. In my experience however, for many companies the strategy often looks a bit like this:
Today, there’s a significant level of research and multiple expert reports, proving the link between the three core elements of wellbeing and how they interrelate. Logically, it makes lots of sense as well; for example:
So, if you’re an employer that can only tick boxes 1 and 2 (i.e. only have a strategy in place for helping with physical and mental issues), how can you help your employees take care of their finances? Answer: how about beginning with providing some financial wellbeing workshops?
I often run courses on how to start a healthy financial journey, but much of it is common sense (to me perhaps), and the drive to act must come from within each individual. To employees, I suggest some of the following basic actions:
Getting these things right can genuinely help improve an employee’s wider sense of wellbeing, as they feel empowered by taking control of their finances. As we’ve already discussed, having a positive mental attitude makes a huge difference in all sorts of aspects of your life.
There’s no time like the present for all of us to start making improvements in our lives. If you can’t tick the ‘financial’ box for strategies to help employees, make a start too!
This article was first published with REBA on 14 November 2017.