We know that working life as a nurse doesn’t leave you much time to stop and think, so we’ve come up with a few ideas to transform your workplace into a healthy staff champion
There are lots of ways that you and your colleagues could work to improve the health and wellbeing of your workplace.
First of all, think about:
- What health and wellbeing problems exist at your work? This might be a high level of musculoskeletal problems, too much stress or sickness absence levels that are through the roof. If these are the problems, what might help to fix them?
- Decide on your focus: You can’t fix everything at once so choose a specific area of health to work on. It might be the healthy eating habits of your colleagues or their ability to sleep well at night – choose one and explore what you think could help.
Some practical ideas:
- A staff ‘de-stress’ room – are your colleagues constantly talking about how stressed they feel at work? Would it help to create a quiet spot where they can sit and collect their thoughts, or quietly scream into a pillow?
- Walk to work scheme – would you be more motivated to walk to work if you could do it in a group? Why not create a ‘walk to work scheme’ for you and your colleagues?
- Healthy alternative snacks – when all that’s around to nibble in the office is a packet of chocolate hobnobs, your powers of resistance need to be strong. It might be a good idea to create a healthy snack scheme - everyone puts money into a pot and staff take it in turns to buy healthy snacks for the group like fruit, nuts and popcorn.
Your health and wellbeing project doesn’t need to be rocket science, sometimes the simplest changes are the most effective.