For a business to be successful, you need happy and healthy employees. The question becomes, how do you combine the elements of a workforce that’s ready to meet your needs without leaving your staff feeling overwhelmed or like they need to jump ship to look for something better?
In a phrase: Create a healthy environment that makes your employees happy.
It’s no secret that most people’s waking hours are spent at work. Given employees spend so much time at work, it’s up to the employers to help facilitate best practices that keep their employees engaged. In addition to keeping employees engages, employers who help their employees stay healthy are more likely to have success.. In the end, a healthy mind is a productive mind, and wellness routines can only reinforce the good things you do as a company. The mind and body work together, and if your people are too tired to delve into their projects properly, your organization could be missing out on great opportunities.
Here are a few things companies can do to help alleviate stressors while enhancing overall operational efficiency:
Offer Health Benefits for Employees
Health insurance is the primary employee benefit most employees look for today. If you want to attract and retain top talent, you have to be able to compete with the best companies out there. It’s important to remember how important health benefits are for employees. In 2016, Glassdoor stated, “[N]early three in five (57%) people [reported] benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job.”
Bear in mind, however, that the phrase “health benefits” doesn’t stop with a health insurance card and semi-annual teeth cleanings. Get creative with your health benefits menu with things like:
- Discounted or free gym memberships (or, if your campus has the space, install a fitness facility at your workplace);
- More-than-average vacation, sick, and time off benefits;
- Flexible work arrangements such as work-from-home or half-days, which allow employees to decompress and take care of things they can’t get done while they’re at the office;
- Offer a variety of plan options that employees can pick and choose from.
Perk Up Employee Perks with Wellness Programs
Wellness is now a way of the world. These programs go beyond the surface to facilitate healthier minds, bodies, and spirits. Here are a few ideas:
- Create a healthy company culture. If employees know it’s not only okay to take an hour off to hit the gym, but it’s actually encouraged for them to do so, they’re more likely to go. Fitness not only benefits your employees, but can also reduce health insurance costs.
- Make a game of it. Team-building opportunities that incorporate exercise can benefit your people ten-fold. Start a company walking challenge or a softball team.
- Set aside a stipend fund. Maybe you can’t build an onsite gym, but can you offer your employees a little bit of extra cash each month as an incentive to get (or stay) healthy? Consider offering a monthly health stipend to cover health-related endeavors such as yoga classes, gym memberships, juice cleanses, and smoking cessation programs.
Provide Standing/Sitting Combo Desks
Sitting all day is bad for a person’s body for plenty of reasons. From physical pain to mental cloudiness and long-term medical problems, employees can face an uphill battle if they never leave their chairs. Thankfully, today’s modern offices are filled with standing/sitting combo desks that allow employees to get the blood flowing without hurting productivity.
There are plenty of options to fit all sorts of budgets. Do your research, and find a standing/sitting setup that works great for your organization.
Need a little help starting a wellness program at your company? Don’t worry! We know change can be difficult. Our team at Insight Performance is founded on the principle that all employees are the building block to success. Reach out to us for ways to enhance your work environment and to encourage healthy habits in your workplace.