Employees Wellbeing Homeworking

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Homeworkers Wellbeing

If your employees are out of the office and working from home then you still have certain health and safety responsibilities to ensure their wellbeing is continued to be looked after.

Fruit and Health

The priority and consideration is often lone working, or DSE assessments yet Mental Health often comes down further down the list, yet mental health is a clear responsibility.Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support your health, safety and wellbeing.

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Homeworking challenges and the impact in mental health

Some of the commonly reported workplace stressors include workload pressures, tight deadlines, too much responsibility and lack of managerial support, add to this the pressures of home working which can be a very isolating and challenging time for employees and its obvious that now, more than ever employers should be prioritising mental health. Its therefore really important that employers try and keep communication channels between management and employees open. The daily chat at the coffee machine could be replaced by a virtual one,  as is encouraging regular meet ups on or off line outside work. Lots of guidance is available for both employees and employers. Acas recommends the following for employees working from home :

  • stay in contact with people – talk to colleagues or friends about how you’re feeling
  • have a routine so you plan in advance what you’ll be doing each day
  • keep active and exercise
  • make time for activities you enjoy
  • reflect on what helps you feel more positive and what does not

Its always a challenge to identify employees whom are suffering from mental health challenges, its therefore more important than ever to open up communication channels and show that you care.

Fruit is a great addition to a well-rounded wellbeing programme

Adding more fruit and veg to your diet can reduce the risk of someone suffering from suffer depression or anxiety whilst improving mental wellbeing according to Dr Redzo Mujcic is an Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science in Warwick Business School.

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Nutritional support during times of stress

Food Scientist and Nutritional Therapist Susie Debice BSc Hons, Dip ION.

“Long-term stress may be impactful on our health and wellbeing. Over time the digestive system, skin, heart and immune system may start to feel the strain and struggle to function optimally. Bouts of energy dips, low mood, headaches, frequent infections, skin problems, poor sleep, muscle aches and pains and unsettled digestion are signs associated with ongoing stress. Long-term exposure to stress tends to deplete B-vitamins and vitamin C. This could be because, unlike other vitamins, the B vitamins and vitamin C are not stored in the body so a daily supply is essential, and stress may increase the need for both these vitamins.

A healthy diet (with adequate fresh fruits and vegetables), active lifestyle and restorative sleep could go a long way in building resistance to stress. Fruits to snack on that are naturally rich in vitamin C include purple and red berries, oranges, tangerines, satsumas and grapefruit. read more

Care Packages for Homeworkers with Fruit

A great way to demonstrate you care to your teams working from home is with a care package delivered straight to your employees homes. Eatfruit.co.uk have created three different offerings :

  • A Seasonal Fruit Basket, containing around 25 portions of seasonal fruit.
  • A Selection of Seasonal Fruits + Healthy Snacks, Around 20 portions of seasonal fruit plus 10 healthy snacks
  • A Healthy Snack Selection, 20 or 40 Healthy Snacks.

Its really easy to order, simply contact Eatfruit for a be-spoke quote, securely send your employees delivery details or they can upload them themselves on-line and Eatfruit will do the rest!