For many businesses and organisations, their employees are their most important asset. As a business owner or HR manager, putting extra effort into ensuring employee wellbeing can yield better teamwork, increase productivity and decrease any time off taken as sickness.

As everyone knows, exercising more, eating properly, drinking more water, managing stress levels and having the support of your workplace makes a huge difference in how an individual performs at work.

Having healthy employees reduces time taken in leave, makes them happier and more motivated and also demonstrates that you care for your team and their wellbeing.

When it comes to combatting mental illnesses, now more than ever, HR managers have an opportunity to endorse a healthy, open and compassionate culture, accessible to every single individual.

Now is the time to be even more passionate about diversity and inclusion and reach out to those in your organisation who need it most.

Don’t know where to start, or need some ideas to jump start awareness in your business? Our e-book aims to help organisations to step up awareness towards mental well being. It does this by providing real-time, no-to-low and low-to-medium cost strategies to implement into your workplace, which could make a big difference to your staff.

Download our e-book – How to support good mental health in your workplace. It includes 10 free tips for HR professionals.

Due to the nature of mental illness, it would be impossible for HR professionals to affect every single influencer of mental health, such as genetic predisposition, or the relationships that people hold outside of work. However, when it comes to environmental, diet and stress factors, the HR department can play a critical role in helping employees.

Building a happier workforce can be achieved by employing simple methods, such as taking a closer look at the diet of your workforce.

The Mental Health Foundation state that now is the right time ‘for nutrition to become a mainstream everyday component of mental health care’. Exploring the connection between what a worker eats and how they feel can proactively feed the mind and help them towards better mental health.

Food intolerance is thought to affect approximately 45% of the UK population. Symptoms range from IBS, anxiety, depression and fatigue to skin issues, migraines and respiratory problems, which can all influence productivity and performance.

The UK’s leading provider in food intolerance* testing, YorkTest Laboratories, conducted a workplace pilot study involving 27 employees from IT service provider, Blue Logic.

After just a month into their programme, 88% of participating employees reported an improvement in their overall health score. Three out of four employees meanwhile, who stated that psychological symptoms were impacting their lives, also reported improvements.

These results marry up with a larger study of 5,285 individuals, which showed that 75% of participants felt the benefits within just three weeks of conducting a YorkTest guided elimination diet.

Food intolerance* testing can pinpoint which food and drink ingredients aren’t working for the body and provide support and guidance towards leading a healthier lifestyle.

We believe that the health and happiness of your employees matter. By implementing employee health and wellbeing schemes into your workplace, you can not only improve employee engagement and productivity but also save on costs. This could be a vital step in the progression of your business.

To find out more, please contact our team today by calling 0800 458 2527 or emailing corp@yorktest.com.

*Lorisian and YorkTest define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. We do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking one of our programmes.