Cardiovascular diseases, mental illness, suicide, cancer, back pain and diabetes are some of the top diseases and health burdens affecting men in Australia, according to the Health of Australian Males report by the AIHW. Men who wait too long to address health issues are at further risk of developing severe health complications.
Employers can support the health and wellbeing of their staff by promoting a healthy workplace culture and offering routine health assessments. Routine health checks also help to reduce absenteeism and support an aging workforce.
10 tips for supporting men’s health in the workplace:
Review your Workplace Health & Safety protocols
Offer routine employee health checks
Provide educational resources and training programs
Promote physical activity to counteract sedentary behaviour at work
Encourage employees to take proper breaks and get some fresh air and movement
Provide healthy snacks e.g. fruit
Offer wellness days or health leave so employees can manage their own health needs
Offer an Employee Assistance Program
Provide additional support to your aging workforce
Offer health checks to employees who are exiting the business
Workplace stress in particular is becoming widely recognised as a major workplace health and safety risk factor. Leaders and managers play a central role in mitigating the risks of workplace stress and promoting a healthy workplace.