There are many benefits to a healthy workplace. To name just a few: increased employee retention and productivity. If you are not quite sure how to take steps toward your company becoming a healthy workplace, you may want to consider these simple ideas shared by Tiffany Barber over at GreatPlaceto Work.com.
1. Establish a Health and Wellness Committee. Before beginning the ambitious endeavor of increasing employee wellness, select a small group of people to lead the charge. A wellness committee can research local opportunities, organize activities, send out weekly health tips, and more to help create your healthy workplace.
2. Administer a Survey to Employees. The best way to select a program that is truly right for your employees is to ask them what they want. Chances are your employees want to look and feel better, but don’t have the time, the access, or the funds necessary. Ask them how you can help.
3. Provide Employees with Fresh Produce. Have a box of fresh fruit delivered once a week from a local company. More and more farmers are providing similar services to homes and offices alike, and it’s a great alternative to the vending machine.
4. Encourage Employees to be Active. This is a great opportunity to increase both employee wellness and employee engagement. Inviting employees to walk to a company-sponsored lunch, or encouraging everyone to take the stairs each Thursday, not only gets the endorphins pumping but gives employees something to talk about around the water cooler as well.
5. Provide Health Screenings at Work. Bringing in medical professionals is convenient for employees, cuts down on health-related costs, and as an added benefit will bring everyone together for a singular goal—to increase employee health wellness.
Some other great ideas I have come across in my research are:
•Sponsor employee teams for local walks and runs.
•Offer flexible work hours to allow employees to take care of personal health needs such as medical appointments.
•In the kitchen: post nutritional info on vending machine offerings, list healthy places to buy lunch close to the office, post recommended daily nutrition guidelines.
•Sponsor healthy activities at the office like group exercise, weight loss activities and 10 minute pick up massages.
•Send weekly health tips via email. You could suggest healthy eating options, recipes, or suggest physical activities.
•Teach and ensure proper ergonomics.
•Post proper hand washing guidelines.
•Set up a self-care station with easy to use blood pressure monitors and weight scales.
•Become a tobacco free workplace and help provide employees with the support necessary to quit.
Increasing employee wellness can be an overwhelming task, and it won’t happen overnight. It’s a culture shift. But a committed team dedicated to employee health and wellness can slowly but surely bring everyone on board. By offering tangible ideas and realistic goals, any workplace can cut costs along with calories, and increase endorphins along with employee engagement. The benefits of creating a healthy workplace are well worth it!