Wellness Programs Are for Everyone
Companies that provide wellness initiatives find employees are happier and healthier. Employees are sick less, which results in fewer sick days and increased productivity. Healthier eating habits also translate into a more productive employee resulting in less time away from the job. Improved diet also reduces illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Rolling out a company-wide wellness program will take time and effort from management. Here are some ideas your company can implement for all employees, including field-employees (and yes, were going to recommend salad and stretching!)
Salad, Anyone? Hosting a large meeting where youre providing the food? Ditch the pizza and consider healthy options instead. This may appear slightly more expensive at first, but, your employees will feel less lethargic and will be more productive in the afternoon. A win-win for everyone.
Work Out. Get Paid. Or something similar. This may include, discount gym memberships or rewards for participating in wellness activities outside of work. The more active your employees, the healthier and more productive they will be.
Talk About It! Provide information on wellness and nutrition through paycheck stuffers and during weekly toolbox talks. Also, send this information home. Getting the employees family involved and providing resources for healthy living will show your dedication to your employees well being.
Provide Screenings and Physicals Encourage employees to get regular health screenings and physicals. Dont forget to provide information and resources for drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco free living.
Being well takes work and most of us need a little push and some guidance. Rolling out wellness initiatives will directly reduce your companys workers compensation expenses and will improve overall productivity. But, the best benefit will be your healthy, happier employee-base!
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