Article 1) Are Men from Mars and Women from Venus when it comes to Health provision in the workplace?

05 Jun 2023

So, in my first article on Health in the workplace, I have focused on Women’s Health in the workplace and I will look at each sexes similarities and differences and how employers can help all employees.

Women’s health in the workplace has become an increasingly important issue in recent years. With women making up nearly half of the labour force, it is essential for companies to prioritise their health and safety. Women are often faced with unique health issues due to their gender, ranging from their female related health issues to sexual harassment and juggling their work and family responsibilities. Additionally, they can be faced with workplace issues such as unequal pay partly caused by many females working parttime to care for younger and older family members.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), women are more likely to experience work-related stress than men, which can have a negative impact on their mental and physical health leading to a decline in work quality and productivity.

When it comes to workplace health, there are a few key steps that employers can take to ensure their female employees are supported and taken care of. This can include providing women with access to adequate health care, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and creating policies that allow for flexible work schedules. Allowing flexible work arrangements can help women balance their work and family responsibilities. The subject of equal pay is trying to be addressed by larger companies having to report on their Gender Pay Gap exposing any equalities. Employers should be sure to provide comprehensive plans that include coverage for health, mental health assistance and support around specific female topics such as menopause support, fertility and maternity and adoption support Employers should strive to create a safe, supportive work environment where a female member of staff feels safe discussing sensitive issues.

In conclusion, women’s health in the workplace is an important issue that requires the attention and support of employers. By prioritising the health and wellbeing of their female workforce, employers can create a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture, improve employee retention and engagement and promote better health outcomes for all their employees.
Speak to Wingate to understand what you already have in place through your existing employee benefit providers and how you can help utilise a comprehensive employee benefit package to support not just your female members of staff but all of your employees. Contact Wingate on info@wingatebs.com.
Read my next blog focusing on Mens Health in the workplace

1. World Health Organization. (2019). Healthy workplaces: A WHO global model for action. https://www.who.int/occupational_health/healthy-workplaces/en/

 

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