As an employer, it is vitally important that promoting wellness in the workplace is at the top of your priorities list. Not only will this improve the overall mood and productivity of your employees, but it can also reduce the number of sick days and time off for doctor’s appointments. Promoting and encouraging wellness in the workplace is a win-win situation for both you and your staff. To ensure you’re doing all you can do, here are some useful tips and tricks to keep your employees healthy.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
If you operate a canteen in the workplace then you’ve got a real chance to promote wellness in the workplace, with very little effort. Swap those burgers and chips for healthier options, to ensure your employees are getting a balanced meal. Even if you don’t have a canteen, there are ways to up the fruit and vegetable intake of your staff. Invest in a fruit basket or bowl that’s filled with fresh options, for your staff to add to their lunches or enjoy as a snack. Those who are worried about the financial side of this can also include a donation box, for staff to fill when they make the most out of your offerings.
If the majority of your staff are sitting down all day then it is imperative you encourage them to get up and about. There are various ways of doing this, depending on your budget. You could organise free or discounted rates at one of your local gyms; perhaps even subsidising some of the membership fees yourself. Alternatively, organise your own exercise classes during lunch breaks and after hours. A walking or running club doesn’t have to cost the earth to set up and run. Make sure your staff are getting enough time for a break during the day, and suggest that they get up and walk around during this downtime. A brisk walk around the office in their break time is simple yet effective.
8 Glasses a Day
Drinking plenty of water is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It can stop people snacking on unhealthy treats and also ensure their minds are active and productive. Do you make it easy for your employees to get their 8 glasses of water a day? From providing a water cooler through to fresh bottles in the fridge, there are plenty of ways you can encourage staff to drink more. This will keep them feeling healthy, happy and productive; which is better for everyone!
These ideas are so simple, yet so effective when it comes to promoting wellness in the workplace. A healthy workforce means a safe and productive workplace, so ensure you put some of these tips into practice. You may be surprised at the results!
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