22 Nov 2023
Gents of all ages are wearing their moustaches with pride, which confirms Movember is in full swing!! This is recognised as Men’s Health Awareness Month and whilst I’m not partaking in growing a ‘Mo’ this year, it’s definitely a good time to address men’s health in the workplace.
Employers can play a significant role in supporting men’s health and this should form part of an effective health and wellbeing strategy. Beyond traditional benefits, there are lots of initiatives which employers can consider putting in place to support their staff. Whilst not an exhaustive list, I have highlighted below some good examples of support an employer may wish to consider providing.
- Health Screenings and Check-ups
Encouraging regular health check-ups and screenings can be a proactive way to identify and address potential health issues early on. Employers can collaborate with healthcare providers to offer on-site health clinics or provide incentives for employees to undergo routine check-ups.
- Mental Health Resources
Recognising the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, employers can create a supportive environment by offering mental health resources. This can include confidential counselling services, workshops on stress management and awareness campaigns to encourage seeking help for mental health concerns.
- Fitness Programmes
It goes without saying that physical activity is a cornerstone of overall wellbeing. Employers can organise fitness programs tailored to men’s health needs, such as weight management challenges, team sports leagues or exercise classes (onsite or virtual). These initiatives not only promote physical health but can also be great for team building!
- Flexibility and Work-Life Balance
Acknowledging the demands of both professional and personal life, employers can implement flexible work arrangements. This may include flexible hours, remote work options, or compressed workweeks, allowing men to better balance their work commitments with family and personal responsibilities.
- Educational Workshops
Providing educational workshops on men’s health topics can empower employees with knowledge and encourage preventive measures. Workshops on nutrition, stress management, and the importance of regular exercise can contribute to a culture of health and wellbeing.
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs)
Establishing an Employee Assistance Programme that offers confidential counselling and support services can be a valuable resource for employees dealing with personal or work-related challenges. EAPs demonstrate a commitment to the holistic wellbeing of the workforce.
By implementing such initiatives, employers can create a workplace culture that promotes men’s health and wellbeing. This will contribute to the health of individual employees but also will help to with ensure you have a positive and supportive work environment, ultimately benefiting the company as a whole.
If you would like to explore this area in more detail and discuss ideas for an effective health and wellbeing strategy please do get in touch.