The New Year has just kicked off and we hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. If you’re anything like us, you have already started your New Year’s resolutions and are two days strong, or two days failed. Either way, we reserve no judgement on whether or not you have been able to give up carbs. What we do encourage you to resolve to do in the New Year is consider your employees and their health.
More and more research shows that companies that take a vested interest in their employees’ mental and physical health show a happier, more resolute staff. Why? For the majority of office workers and company staff, they spend more of their waking hours at work than they do at home. People want to know that their company is taking care of them in more ways than one. (Also, they say that sitting is the new smoking. Or so we’re told.) Here are 5 signs that you are concerned with your employees’ health and wellness.
- Gym and Health Club discounts are part of compensation. Some companies take this one step further and have workout facilities as part of their offices. If your office space is rented, or you don’t have the budget for an in-house facility, partnering with a local gym or health club to offer discounted or free memberships can go a long way in showing your employees how much you care about their wellness.
- Sick days include mental health days. Stress and anxiety are proven to be detrimental to a person’s health. If you provide your employees with the ability to take a day or two every year to not have to worry about work, you are giving them much needed mental health. More and more mental health professionals talk about work/life balance as being an important component to reducing stress and promoting a healthy work environment.
- You offer incentives for healthy lifestyles. Recently, MeadWestVaco offered their employees a points program for how many steps they and their families could take in a year. Quarterly, biannual, or yearly health campaigns where your employees are incentivized to get up and get moving are a great way to keep your team healthy.
- Standing desks, exercise balls, stretch breaks, or quick walks around the office are encouraged. When you see someone get up from their desk to do a quick stretch, do you see it as a loss of productivity, or a much needed break for the person to get their blood flowing? It’s okay to leave space for your employees to take much needed breaks throughout the day to make sure their blood is moving. Offering standing desk stations and continual movement seat options are also a way to keep your people from sitting in one position all day, everyday.
- The break room doesn’t just have soda and unhealthy snacks. Most people enjoy a little junk food from time to time, but that shouldn’t be the only option for your employees. Make sure to keep the break room stocked with granola bars, fresh fruit, and sparkling water for them to enjoy. You can keep the break room stocked with great snacks and encourage healthy lifestyle choices all at the same time.
No matter what kind of business you are a part of, your employees’ health and wellness is tantamount to their performance. Make sure that they have as many resources as they need to work at their peak throughout the year.