National Employee Wellness Month is an opportunity for employers to recognize the importance of wellness in their employee’s lives. With stress and burnout on the rise, here are five ways you can encourage your employees to develop healthy oral habits.
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Foster healthy habits at the office
Work takes up a major percentage of your employees’ lives. If their health and wellness is completely ignored during the workday, your employees will likely be at risk for a variety of oral and overall health issues. Habits like frequent unhealthy snacking, smoke breaks and even dehydration can contribute to poor health outcomes.
Encourage your employees to keep their wellness a priority while in the office by providing healthy snacks or even promoting smoking cessation programs. You could even create monthly competitions between departments to inspire employees to drink more water, walk further distances or even track healthy work snacks.
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Promote mental wellness
Did you know that oral health and mental health are deeply connected? People with mental health issues are less likely to take proper care of their oral health, and conversely, good oral health can enhance mental and overall well-being. Common mental health issues like depression, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder can exacerbate poor oral health by causing people to brush and floss less frequently, miss dental visits and eat unhealthy diets.
You can help your employees by posting reminder posters about brushing and flossing in common areas, encouraging hydration through water breaks and sharing information on any mental health programs your company has on the employee intranet.
Educate employees on the importance of oral health year-round
And don’t just limit yourself to June! Throughout the year, there are weeks and months dedicated to informing the public about wellness topics like nutrition, mental health and tobacco usage. These events are the perfect opportunity for you to share information on healthy habits with your employees.
Delta Dental maintains a free, annual wellness calendar highlighting national wellness campaigns that you can use to plan wellness campaigns. Additionally, Delta Dental has shareable emails campaigns, flyers, posters and even videos to help you share oral health and wellness information with your employees.
Health and wellness are a key component to maintaining a happy and effective workforce. By prioritizing the well-being of your employees, you’re investing in the health of your entire company.