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7 Ways to encourage employee health and wellness

Every firm should prioritize health and wellbeing; healthy employees make happy employees, and happy employees make productive workers. Incorporate these health-promoting tips into your workplace, and both your employees and your bottom line will benefit.

 

New office supplies

The majority of office occupations include lengthy days of sitting with little physical movement. If many of your employees work on computers, make sure they receive enough movement throughout the day by modernizing your workplace equipment.

Consider providing standing desks instead of ordinary desks where people sit for eight hours. Your staff will be able to modify their desks from sitting to standing throughout the day, resulting in greater mobility and fewer back problems. If standing desks aren’t an option, try investing in ergonomic seats. The more at ease your staff feel, the more productive they will be.

 

Encourage physical activity and movement

Provide exercise incentives. Perhaps it’s a workplace membership to a nearby gym. If your workplace is in a business park, there are sometimes gyms that will provide discounted prices to a set number of members from your company’s ranks.

If your company does not have this choice, offer inter-office classes. Perhaps one of your employees is a qualified yoga instructor, or perhaps your employees would want to join a team for an upcoming 5k or half-marathon to support a worthy cause while learning how to run. Ask your staff what they would like to join and do everything you can to make it happen.

 

Educational possibilities

Take use of the chance to educate your staff about the healthy practices they should incorporate into their lives, both at work and at home. Invite guest speakers, including as dietitians and doctors, to provide your employees with up-to-date health information.

Knowledge certainly is power, and by delivering information that your employees would not have received otherwise, they will be more likely to implement healthy wellness behaviors into their daily lives. Educational opportunities can also be entertaining.

Bring in local chefs to teach your employees how to prepare simple and healthy meals, hire stress management lecturers, and have aerobics instructors come in for enjoyable lunchtime fitness sessions. You may be able to provide on-site preventative health care if you pursue educational possibilities. Provide flu shots during flu season to reduce sick days and maintain production levels. You might also choose to compensate your staff for vaccination costs.

 

Mental health is important

Aside from physical health concerns, do everything you can to reduce mental illness in your workplace. Allow for mental health days and conduct mental health workshops to assist your employees in identifying any excess stress they may be experiencing.

Allowing flexible schedules can help your staff manage their professional and personal lives, and ask your insurance carrier about mental health coverage. Holistic wellness is crucial, so make sure your staff are taking care of their minds as well as their bodies.

 

Consider implementing a casual dress code

Requiring your staff to dress professionally for the office prevents them from being active on their route to and from work. Allow casual dress days for employees who want to ride their bikes to work and provide fitness programs on these days. You can also hold “Active Wear Days,” where staff are encouraged to dress in workout attire. Simply dressing for exercise may increase their likelihood of engaging in physical activity.

 

Provide healthy alternatives

Unhealthy dietary options abound in the workplace. Employees may find it difficult to say no to junk food when it is staring them down from vending machines to birthday party celebrations. Replace drinks and chips in vending machines with healthier options such as energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, and other sustainable food options. Offer healthier options during business festivities, such as a fruit bouquet instead of cake, salads alongside pizza, and veggie plates instead of chips. The more healthy options you provide, the easier it will be for your staff to make better choices.

Improving health and wellness in the workplace will make your staff happier and more productive. Emphasize holistic health and see how it affects your workforce. It is unquestionably a worthwhile investment of both time and money.