Just how important is health and wellness in the workplace? Consider this: Healthy staff members are proven to be happier and more productive. And a contributing writer to Business Insider can’t think of anything else more important, saying, “Given how critical fitness is to overall health, I think it’s worth taking a look at exercise in the one place where nearly all of us will spend a good chunk of our lives: the workplace.” Some may wonder, well, if my staff is spending time working out, when will they get to focus on their real tasks? Business Insider has that answer, stating, “Time lost on exercise is made back and more in terms of improved productivity,” and includes a study presented to the American College of Sports Medicine by British researchers. That group found that “workers who spent 30-60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average performance boost of 15 percent.” So, what exactly can you do to get the ball rolling? Take a look below!
We’re talking wellness programs, on-site fitness programs, and more. Such programs have been utilized more in workplaces throughout the U.S., catching on as a must-have for any employer that wants to maintain mentally and physically prepared staff members. Department competitions, walking meetings, and health-specific seminars are just a few ways to get your whole team involved in an active and healthy lifestyle. SparkPeople says, “By providing workers with these services, companies are improving well-being and job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company.”
Not laps around the office, but fun and beneficial exercises that anyone can do in the comfort of their desk area. Some ideas are switching chairs for exercise balls, incorporating standing or treadmill workstations, investing in a wobble board for staff to stand on while they work, or bringing in yoga, tai chi, or aerobics instructors for lunchtime classes. Fitness and health startup, Greatist, adds, “Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between conference calls and GChats can help improve fitness levels and heart health.”
Imagine that it’s flu season—what do you see? Desks are empty, people are walking around with runny noses and red, watery eyes, and others are coughing until their throats hurt. Not what you want, is it? That’s why the Washington Post agrees with bringing screenings to the workplace to improve workers’ health, adding, “What better place to have medical staff on hand, not only to treat sore throats and cut fingers but also to help employees stay healthy by offering on-site preventive tests and screenings, and coaching to encourage healthful habits?”
Healthy Meal and Snack Options
If anything can help fuel performance, it’s healthy food with lots of energy-boosting nutrients! What do you do if your break room is full of potato chips and chocolate bars? That’s easy! Switch them for better options with less calories, sugar, trans fat, and sodium. The same thing goes for drinks, too. The more convenient healthy options are, the more likely your staff will want to participate. Inc.com suggests “replacing sodas with milk, juice, or sparkling water, and stocking snack machines with nuts, dried fruit, and other healthy options. If you can take it a step further, stock lunchrooms with fresh fruit baskets once a week, and be sure the office cafeteria has plenty of healthy meal options.”
Do you know if you’re doing enough to ensure the health of your staff? Take these simple steps and run with it—make health and wellness just as important as your business’ sales, marketing, customer support, and so forth. If you have any tips on promoting health and wellness in the workplace, please share them in the comment section below! HealingRadiusPro encourages a happy and healthy staff at all times.
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.