In recent news, the title of the article was: “Only 41% of employers have a strategy to protect the health of workers”, and the article ends with the following conclusion: “increasingly aware of the direct link between the well-being of employees and their level of productivity and commitment to the company, as well as the relationship with behaviours associated with less healthy lifestyles - namely, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and obesity. What remains now is: moving into practice.”
As suggested in a 2007 publication by the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization, “Steps to Health. A European framework to promote physical activity for health”, the way to “moving into practice” is by “making the healthy choice the easier choice - Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986”.
According to the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986, “the health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Health is seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector but goes beyond healthy lifestyles to wellbeing. The fundamental conditions and resources needed for good health are:
- A stable ecosystem
- Sustainable resources
- Social justice and equity”
Moving into practice is all about the framework: See+Believe+Think+Act:
Be transparent and help the individuals to See the big picture, create, organize and explain the route to structure your work and your workplace as a future-oriented instrument to promote health in your business.
Then to help them Believe, create “arguments for and “win-win” messages to encourage the participation.” As an example of a workplace context: “The “win-win” impacts are the Regular physical activity which improves health and has a positive effect on sick leave. Improved employee health is reported to be associated with increased productivity, better employee relations, and improved team spirit.”
Set realistic goals, proven strategies, and metrics and adapt them to your local workplace environment, speak their language, adapt to them. As a leader, you can involve your employees into the planning and decision-making process and give them the opportunity to think deeper about the Theory to Practice process, explore the stages of Why, What, Who and How. This is also a win-win situation, here the leader receives the help to transform his plans into a language that can be absorbed and, at the same time, engages the participants as vital members of a team.
Then lead by example, and act as well. Act as a catalyst, by providing information that empower them and by facilitating skills development.
Lastly, is important to remember that it may be difficult for the individuals to move into practice if they do not feel control over their environment and their personal circumstances. So, do not forget to empower your team with a salutogenic perspective: meaningfulness, manageability, and understandability.
Seek to promote and create a supportive environment in your workplace: improving the capacities of individuals, improving the social and economic conditions and the physical environments in which people live.
Enable people to make sound choices. Empower them to move into practice.
Performetric is an example of how a software can help you to empower your team, it allows users to analyze their individual metrics (in real-time) measuring and detecting fatigue-related problems (burnout, stress, etc...).
Based on the users’ interaction patterns with the computer, as the artificial intelligence techniques, the software provides recommendations to prevent potential behavioral changes related to fatigue or stress. It's worth a try..