If you’re like us, you’re probably already thinking several months ahead in terms of your workplace health and wellness programing.
In fact, we’re already working with clients on their next year’s calendar of events and activities – it’s amazing what you can organise ahead of time!
For other clients, we’re busy organising their October activities. October is the month for health awareness days, and usually our busiest month of the year.
Here’s just a glimpse of other health events in October:
1 October International Day of Older Persons
4 October World Smile Day
6-10 October World Mental Health Day
10 October World Sight Day
12 October International Arthritis Day
13-19 October National Nutrition Week
14-18 October National Mental Health Week
14-20 October Be Medicinewise Week
15 October Global Handwashing Day
16 October Global Drug Safety
20-26 October Safe Work Australia Week
28 October Pink Ribbon Day
Hidden amongst these are three of the biggest weeks of the year in health and wellness:
- National Nutrition Week
- National Mental Health Week
- Safe Work Australia Month
These National Awareness Weeks are fabulous opportunities to grab your employees’ attention on these topics, all of which have a direct bearing on overall productivity and health-related costs.
If you haven’t started organising anything yet, it’s not too late! Here are some ideas to help you out:
1. Run seminars or webinars
An effective way to reach and engage large groups of employees, an onsite seminar or online webinar is a great way to educate your employees on health and safety issues and teach proactive strategies on how to avoid them.
For Nutrition Week, we have a Nutrition for Life seminar/ webinar
For Safety Week, we have a Manual Handling seminar/ webinar
For mental health, we have Positively Well, Stress Less and Worklife Balance seminars/ webinars.
2. Start a health challenge / campaign
Health challenges create a real positive energy and vibe in the workplace, and are one of the best ways to fulfil the “Tell me – Show me – Involve me” spectrum of employee engagement.
3. Create the need for change through checks or consultations
Checks and consultations not only send a clear message that you care about your employees’ health, but they are powerful ways to instigate change in employee habits. When you receive hard data about your own personal health issues, delivered in person, it gives you real impetus to change your ways.
- Nutrition consultations
- Worklife Balance consultations
- Wellness coaching
- Ergonomics assessments
- Any of our health checks.
4. Create awareness with posters and booklets
Bring the message home with our range of safety booklets. We also have a Food Fix booklet & ebook, and a range of mental health booklets including Mentally Healthy, Stress Less and Work life Balance booklets & ebooks.
Need some expert help? We can help you develop a program that’s right for your employees and your budget. Call our Account Manager Gill Cavenagh on 1300 90 10 90, or email firstname.lastname@example.org