If you’re unsure about the benefits of making workplace wellness a standard part of your office culture, think of it as an investment.
What exactly are you investing in? The health of your employees—which will directly impact the growth of your company. U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems.
When your employees feel supported in their efforts to stay fit, eat well and make positive behavior changes, they’re more likely to commit—which impacts their long-term health and strength of your team. Research shows that full-time employees who are overweight or obese, or have other chronic health problems, miss about 450 million more days of work each year than healthy workers.
If you’re questioning whether a full-blown corporate wellness program is right for your workplace, start small by putting into motion #WellnessWednesdays. Ask your employees what they need to reach their health goals, like weight loss tools, smoking cessation programs, stress management and exercise, diet and fitness advice, health screenings, and more. Then, take action on their suggestions.
A great (and simple) way to kick it off? Encouraging healthy hydration. Unveil your efforts by offering a variety of zero-calorie drink choices that employees can grab any time of day. Making healthier choices at work is something everyone can get behind.
When you’re looking to expand your team, what better way to attract top talent than with the guarantee of working with other motivated and wellness-minded individuals?
Consider these other great reasons for making #WellnessWednesday a cornerstone of your company perks:
It Helps Hold Employees Accountable to Their Goals
Corporate wellness programs help employees make long term health changes—that they will stick with! The tools that workplace wellness programs provide can help curb unhealthy behaviors like smoking—and encourage healthy ones like regular exercise.
It Fosters Productivity
When you’re feeling sluggish, out of sorts and run down, it’s difficult to concentrate—let alone give the best of yourself and ideas. There’s actually a name for those employees that come to work but have trouble, well, working. It’s called presenteeism. One study that included more than 50,000 employees suggests that lost productivity costs are 2.3 times higher than medical and pharmacy costs for employers.
One way to combat “phantom working” is with #WellnessWednesdays. Research shows that health promotion programs focused on nutrition, physical and mental health can reduce presenteeism significantly.
It Impacts Retention
By implementing #WellnessWednesday into your corporate culture, you’re sending an important message to your staff—that you want them to live their best lives in and out of the workplace. That kind of workplace wellness program makes employees feel valued and energized about emotionally investing long-term with the company.
It Builds Morale
Carving out time for workplace wellness gives employees tools that may help them take better control over their health. Making healthy changes as a team with group progress check-ins and fitness classes creates a supportive camaraderie that will spill into overall work performance.
It Decreases Stress
A stressed-out team is likely to be low on energy and focus. Try incorporating mindfulness (including yoga and meditation) into your workplace wellness initiatives. A study of over 85,000 adults showed that yoga practice in the workplace doubled between 2002 and 2012, and workplace meditation jumped from 8% to 9.9%. The dramatic rise in popularity says it all when it comes to the benefits of mindfulness, including increased productivity and overall well-being of your employees.
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