Is your employee’s health a liability for your company? Have that one person in the office who is always calling in sick? You can’t force employees to exercise or eat healthy, but you can certainly encourage healthier behaviors. By offering healthier snacking options and incentives for healthy decisions, you can not only boost the morale of your team, but also help to keep your business running smoothly.
Wellness programs are a growing trend in the work place. These programs offer many different benefits to the employees as well as workers themselves. High cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure and lack of exercise are just a few of the typical employee health risks. In fact, according to MediFit, 70-90% of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks. By enforcing a wellness program in your office, you can help eliminate many of these risks, leading to a happier, more efficient and most importantly healthier work place!
Many jobs involve sitting at a desk for long periods of time, short, unhealthy lunches, and everyone catching that same bug that’s been going around. Just making a few simple changes such as starting a walking lunch group where before your break you all walk around the building for 5 minutes, or cutting back on the number of donuts in the break room can make significant changes. While there are many different ways to go about making your officer healthier, it’s best to test different options and slowly introduce healthier programs to see what works best in your company.
One great way to help promote healthier habits in your work space is to offer employees healthier options. Many offices have vending machines full of pop, chips, candy bars, and the like. When employees are crunched for time or forget to pack their lunch, they are likely to go straight for these unhealthy options. Many companies now-a-days are offering “healthy vending”. These machines are stocked with many natural, organic, even gluten free options that are better for employees but taste great. This simple change in machines can help ignite a spark in your employees to make healthier decisions and realize that healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
Not only are these healthier options going to be good for your employees, they also benefit the business as a whole. Sugary snacks and drinks may give employees that burst of energy they need, but often lead to a crash which makes them less productive than they were before. Consistently bad eating habits and lack of exercise can lead to many healthy issues and poor immune systems meaning employees take far more sick days and let’s face it, once one person gets sick, they all get sick. Natural foods full of protein and natural sugars are proven to boost energy and keep it going longer than sugary snacks making employees that much more productive. By promoting a healthier workspace, you are helping to eliminate some of these problems which means you’re not only improving the lives of your employees, but also the life of your business.
No matter what actions you take, even the simplest changes can be a great stepping stone to a healthier and happier work environment. From short walks to a vending overhaul, every little bit helps. So do some research and get on your way to a healthier workplace!