BY: PRINCESS ABARA
Most adults spend a substantial portion of their waking hours at their place of work. Unfortunately, modern workplaces frequently contribute to ill health: desk jobs lead to physical inactivity, workplace stress can lead to poor sleep and poor dietary choices, cigarette smoking rates remain dangerously high, and a number of other factors can combine to put workers’ health at risk.
The good news is that workplaces also present a valuable opportunity for health promotion: scientific studies show that when done right, workplace health promotion and disease prevention programs can improve the health of employees, reduce healthcare costs, increase productivity, and produce a positive return-on-investment (ROI), resulting in a win-win for employees and employers
BENEFITS OF WORKPLACE WELLNESS
• Improved Productivity
• Lower Healthcare Cost
• Sense of Accomplishment
• Improved Physical Fitness
• Weight Loss
• Stress Reduction
• Healthier Habits
WORKPLACE WELLNESS A WIN-WIN
Implementing a workplace wellness program is a win-win for both employers and employees. Employee health and well- being has a direct impact on the health of the organization, including the bottom line.
It’s been shown that businesses with workplace wellness programs often experience increased employee morale and productivity. Meanwhile absenteeism, and the costs associated with sick and disability leave, decline.
A comprehensive wellness program can also attract, engage and retain top talent to your organization.
A workplace wellness program reflects an organization’s commitment to helping their employees make healthy lifestyle choices and improve their health. This can include providing tools and information about health-related topics as well as establishing company policies that encourage and support healthy choices, such as guidelines for healthy snacks at meetings.
WALKING THE WALK
The most successful workplace wellness programs are those embraced at the highest levels in the organization. When senior management recognize the benefits of a healthy workplace to both the business and the employees they are more likely to get behind the idea with time and resources. By visibly showing their commitment and walking the walk, senior management influence and increase buy-in and participation of employees.
CREATIVE, NOT COSTLY
Wellness programs don’t need to be expensive.
A little creativity can go a long way.
Inexpensive incentive prizes, like gift cards for friendly wellness-based competition, or even just bragging rights on the company intranet or newsletter can keep employees interested, participating and having fun.
|That same newsletter is the perfect space for some information about healthy eating or other wellness tips. Adding a physical activity or healthy food choice to staff events and social activities is another simple way to enhance a workplace wellness program.|