Today’s organizations know that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and a happier workforce is likely more engaged and motivated to come to work with a good attitude. In fact, according to a recent IHC article, “companies that implemented an effective wellness program realized significant cost reductions and financial gains, including an average of 28 percent reduction in sick days and an average of 26 percent reduction in health costs.” One common motivational myth is that simply having a job should be all the motivation one needs to perform, but there is no denying that holding a job with a company that promotes health and wellness can lead to far greater results.
Here are six ways you can improve wellness at your company:
Provide Stand-up Desks I love my stand-up desk, and now there’s science to back it up (pun intended). A 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control noted a 54 percent decrease in musculoskeletal pain among workers who alternated from sitting to standing throughout the day. Similarly, a 2014 study by the University of Cincinnati reported significant decreases in shoulder and back pain when participants varied their postures. This inclusive list even shares a whopping 44 reasons standing is better for you! The investment in stand-up desks can help your employees feel more alert throughout the day while improving health. Offer In-Office Classes and Care Having a gym in your building encourages employees to workout more often, as it’s more convenient than driving to their own workout facility and having to pay for the membership. You can also provide on-site learning opportunities on topics like healthy cooking and stress management/relief to increase employee buy-in when it comes to pursuing healthier lifestyles. Many companies even go as far as offering in-office nutritionist seminars, and bringing in ergonomic specialists for additional education. And, as simple as it is to get a flu shot these days, using personal time to do so is still a big enough deterrent preventing people from getting vaccinated. Bringing flu vaccinations on-site will increase the percentage of employees who get their shots thanks to the added convenience. If you have employees who refuse to get vaccinated due to the out-of-pocket expense (and because insurance might not cover it), you can reimburse their vaccination fees. Recognize Progress Health and wellness aren’t just about how your body feels, but how your mind feels as well. Providing employees with recognition and incentives can help them feel like the work they are doing is meaningful and contributes to your company’s goals. It’s hard to have a bad day or feel down when you get positive recognition in front of your peers. Organize Company Sports Teams What better way is there to promote wellness then to encourage people to stay active and facilitate camaraderie at the same time? Take a poll and figure out which sports are most popular amongst your colleagues and then find a local league to join. Xactly has participated in dodge ball, softball, flag football, and bowling. It’s a great way to get to know co-workers outside of work and get a little extra activity in during the day. Provide Healthy Catered Food At Xactly, we recently began using a service called EatClub, which delivers lunch to our building daily. The service has healthy, vegan, and gluten free options for lunch- time. Not everyone has time to support their wellness by cooking or packing a balanced meal, so giving employees the option of using a service like this makes their day a little easier, and gives them more time to think about the work related tasks on their to-do list. Move to Flexible Time Off According to a survey of 1,992 employees, Cisco Systems Inc. discovered that 69 percent reported higher productivity tele commuting than working in-office. If your business isn’t comfortable with an entirely work from home model, then a flexible time off benefits plan might be just the ticket. If an employee has a child that falls ill, extenuating family circumstances, or just wants to take a few extra vacation days, flexible time off allows them to breathe easy and get the time they need to have a balanced life and come back to work focused and refreshed. It's a sure step towards promoting and encouraging wellness in your organization