Certain elements are essential for building a cohesive and successful company. Various factors such as a strategic marketing plan, proper training programs, a positive and motivating work environment and goal setting have a profound effect on productivity and what your company achieves. A growing business needs a stable workforce, which requires efficient employees who work at their maximum potential. Shouldn’t employee health and wellness be part of the equation?
From roofers and auto mechanics to computer programmers and administrative assistants, a healthy employee is more likely to perform tasks more efficiently and function better on the job. Optimal health encompasses physical, mental and emotional well-being. Maintaining healthy relationships with coworkers, a clean work environment and a positive outlook can also improve overall health. As an employer, you can improve company wellness by fostering a workplace that values healthy living choices.
Employees spend a substantial amount of time at their workplace, which is why your organization can have an impact on improving individual nutrition and exercise. Improve the quality of life and reduce health risks among your team by adopting any of these four small-business wellness tips:
1. Develop a wellness program
A wellness program provides your employees with health awareness and tools to start living healthier and maintaining healthy behaviors. When employees are exposed to good habits in a health-inspired work environment, they’re more likely to consider tweaking their lifestyle and participating in nutritional diets and physical activity. Physically and intellectually prosperous employees help increase productivity and cut back on health care costs. Create a timeline, incentive challenges and personal goals for your staff!
2. Create a healthy break room
Many small businesses have fully stocked break rooms. Your employees aren’t benefitting from refrigerators filled with soda and cupboards containing chips, crackers, candy and cookies. Make over your break room so that the majority of available snacks are nutritional, low fat and have fewer calories. Stock your office with healthier foods such as pistachio nuts, cheese sticks, plain air-popped popcorn or sunflower seeds.
3. Build teamwork by being active
Plan a meeting or social event around exercise. Take a walk outside to discuss a business proposal or brainstorm ideas. Schedule a weekly hike, sign up for the latest fitness craze or create an office kickball team or basketball team. Gather your team and attend a fitness class or go for a group run after work instead of an indulgent happy hour. In place of sugary cocktails or fried appetizers, exercise can help your employees relax and relieve stress from the workday.
4. Socialize with healthy options
Part of the office and workplace culture revolves around social breaks, lunches, holiday parties and celebrations. Refrain from lunch take out laden with calories and fattening ingredients and avoid restaurants during your lunch outings that serve large and rich meals. Plan an office potluck with a healthy theme or cater your company event with more nutritional dishes.
Creating a healthier and nutritional work environment for your employees encourages them to commit to a life of wellness. Your company will benefit from improved performance and mindsets from employees who have fewer ailments and health risks.