According to the World Health Organization, the average person spends one-third of their life at work. With so much of our time be spent in the workplace, it makes sense that we should strive to live healthier lives while on the clock.
Healthy, fit employees handle stress better, are more productive and are more engaged. This leads to higher profitability, higher productivity, higher sales and overall, happier employees —.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that companies are recognizing the importance of supporting employee wellness in their office, with many implementing programs that promote overall health. Whether seasoned or new to the game, wellness programs contribute to a healthier corporate environment. No matter what stage your wellness program is in, here are some things you absolutely need to know about employee wellness.
They are fun
Work can sometimes get boring, exhaustive and repetitive, which can drain morale and lower productivity. By providing engaging activities to break-up the work day monotony, companies are alleviating some work-related stress and creating a more enjoyable work environment for employees. Helping team members make time to step away from their desks and revitalize themselves is a crucial component in creating a happy and healthy workforce. What’s more, according to the AFLAC 2012 Workforce Report, employees who took part in a workplace wellness program were more satisfied at their jobs.
They are easy
Your wellness program doesn’t have to cause extra stress. The Internet is full of awesome ideas for all types of companies- big and small, or large and tiny budgets. Recruit a few members of your team to head up the committee and have them work with your employees to learn what they value and what wellness activities they want to be a part of. You can also look at these ideas for inspiration.
They improve productivity
Engaging in workplace wellness activities, like exercise and eating well, increases employee productivity and performance. Employees will be better focused for tasks, and they’ll feel more energized and motivated to accomplish work. This means no more falling asleep, feeling burned out or multiple afternoon coffee breaks.
They can be highly inclusive
Contrary to some beliefs, wellness programs don’t have to only reward people who are already healthy and exclude those who still have a way to go. In fact, wellness programs can be incredibly inclusive. As companies continue to see the positive impacts of implementing these programs, they have expanded to address health on multiple levels, whether it be physical, mental or financial wellness.
They’re incredibly popular
The Society for Human Resource Management reported that, in 2015, 80% of employers offered preventative wellness services and information, while other reports suggest up to 92% of employers with over 200 employees offer a wellness program. So, if your company hasn’t implemented one yet, there’s no better time to start.
They’re made for employees
Wellness programs are built for employees. They’re designed to help employees learn about and make healthy lifestyle choices. Ultimately, your employees should be the focus of your wellness program.
Employee wellness programs can help support healthy behaviors. Companies should take advantage of program benefits and should continue to discuss the importance of health & wellness with their employees. RCS Corporation is proud to provide a program for our employees that encompasses, physical, mental and financial wellness, in addition to supporting our local community through various outreach and volunteer activities.