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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

Running a business means that you have to think about many different things each day. When you run a business that employs people, the number of things you have to think about increases hugely. One of these things that you will need to take into account is employee health. Once you have hired someone, your responsibilities to them don’t end there; in fact, they are often just beginning. Ensuring that everyone is fit and well to work is a crucial factor in being a good employer. Here are some reasons why your employees’ health is so important in your business.

Better Engagement

When everything is good, and there are no health issues, your employees will be much more engaged with their job and everything that is going on around them. Pain and feeling unwell can be distracting, so the more healthy they are, the less distracted they will be. They will be focusing on the job at hand rather than thinking about how unwell they feel or how much pain they are in.

If you do spot that there is an issue and your employee is less engaged or even less productive than usual, take the time to speak with them. It might be that a health problem is causing the issue, and as a manager, it will be your task to determine whether or not there is anything that you can do, and even whether or not that employee should be at work.

More Loyal Employees

Providing a supportive work environment which includes taking care of or at least asking after your employees’ health will give you more loyal employees. Loyal employees are wonderful because they will continue not only to work for you, but to work hard and want to please you. It is expensive to hire new staff, so keeping your current ones is a much better business idea. Staff who feel valued and appreciated are less likely to want to look elsewhere for work.

Providing support to those who have been away from work for a long period of time for a medical reason such as surgery, a cancer diagnosis, a medical negligence cerebral palsy claim for compensation, or anything else is hugely beneficial. You should check in with them regularly to ensure that all is well, and to remind them that they are not forgotten. This will help them to agree to a staged return to work eventually, and they will be more confident in asking for help when they need it.

Less Missed Time

Simply put, when an employee is well, they won’t take time off work. They will be there more. Their work will get done and you won’t have to find cover or watch the work building up because no one else has the time to do it. When someone is sick from work, the disruption that this can cause is potentially damaging, especially if it lasts a long time. It can also cost your business a lot of money, and even contracts.

In order to keep your employees as fit and well as possible, you need to do all you can to help them. Provide plenty of opportunity for breaks, and a breakroom to have them in. Offer fresh fruit in the office, and provide ergonomic furniture. The more you can do to keep them healthy, the more time they will be at work.