How employers can provide support Men’s Health

17 Jun 2024

During the month of June Men’s Health Week has taken place, which gives us an opportunity to focus on the unique health challenges men face. Men’s Health Week encourages awareness, early detection, and treatment of health issues while promoting a well-rounded approach to wellness. Employers can play a crucial role by supporting the health and wellbeing of their male employees.

Understanding Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week aims to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. Men often seek medical help less frequently than women and may not maintain a healthy lifestyle as consistently. Statistics show that men are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, and respiratory diseases at younger ages than women. Mental health is another key concern, with men being less likely to seek help for mental health problems due to societal expectations and stigma.

How Employers Can Make a Difference

Employers can significantly influence the health and wellbeing of their employees, and highlighted below are some of the areas employers can support their male staff:

  1. Promote Health Screenings and Preventive Care

    Encouraging regular health check-ups can help detect conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancers early. Employers can assist by organising health checks or sharing information about local health services. Offering incentives for regular health screenings can also encourage participation.

  2. Create a Supportive Environment for Mental Health

    Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall wellbeing. Employers should create an environment where mental health is openly discussed and supported. Providing access to Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) that offer counselling and support can make a significant difference. Training managers to recognise signs of mental distress and encouraging open communication can help reduce stigma.

  3. Encourage Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles

    Sedentary work environments can contribute to various health issues. Employers can encourage physical activity by providing gym memberships, organising fitness challenges, or simply promoting regular breaks for movement. Additionally, offering healthy food options in the workplace can support better nutrition.

  4. Support Work-Life Balance and Flexibility

    Stress and burnout are common in high-pressure work environments. Flexible working arrangements, such as remote working options and flexible hours, can help employees manage their work-life balance more effectively. Encouraging employees to take regular holidays and providing adequate sick leave are also essential in maintaining overall wellbeing.

The Benefits of Supporting Men’s Health

When employers invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, the benefits extend beyond individual health outcomes. Healthy employees are more productive, engaged, and motivated. Reduced absenteeism and lower healthcare costs are direct benefits to the business. A supportive work environment promotes loyalty and can enhance the overall workplace culture.

Conclusion

Men’s Health Week is a great time for employers to reflect on how they can better support the health of their male employees. By promoting preventive care, mental health support, physical activity, work-life balance, and health education, employers can make a meaningful difference in men’s health outcomes. This not only benefits individuals but also contributes to a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

If you would like to discuss how to enhance your wellbeing strategy please do get in touch.

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