“When you invest in your talent, they will invest in you.”
— Brenda Wiley, Vice President, Business Development at 24 Seven Talent.
Investing in the health of employees is one of the best decisions a company can make. Research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return. Implementing Workplace Wellness programs isn’t just an important part of employee health and productivity — but also for an organization’s ability to be successful.
Here are 5 ways to promote wellness in your workplace!
1. Stress Management
According to the American Psychological Association, 36 percent of workers experience stress in the workplace on a regular basis. Stress can often exacerbate both physical and mental chronic conditions. Providing, fun, stress-relieving activities — such as chair massages — at the office is one way that employers are working to combat this issue.
2. On-Site Yoga and Meditation Classes
Here at 24 Seven Talent, we believe that taking time out of a busy day to incorporate yoga and meditation can help create healthier, happier and more focused employees.
Companies like Yojo : Yoga for the Average Jo will come directly to your offices, universities and institutions etc to provide on-site yoga and meditation classes!
3. Healthy Snacks in the Office Kitchen
What makes a healthy snack? One that’s high in nutritional value (protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber) but relatively low in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar, and sodium. And the most important part of that equation is “high in nutritional value.” So as delicious as those Girl Scout Cookies look, they aren’t so good for you — so try to keep them out of the kitchen. Instead, why not fill the office kitchen with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains? Investing in a community juicer is a great way to encourage healthy snacking as well.
4. Water, Water, and more Water!
Encourage hydration during the workday by providing clean filtered water — enough to consume 8 oz. of water for each working hour. It sounds like a lot of intake, but think of all the health benefits you’ll be rewarded! Calorie control, glowing skin, and a happy digestive system – just to name a few.
Coffee can lead to jitters, crashes, and dehydration which not only make us feel bad — it’s not helpful to us when we’re trying to be productive. Sodas and energy drinks that loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Consumption of these drinks can lead to diabetes and a plethora of other rather unpleasant side effects.
So keep that office fridge stocked with lots of water!
Or even better, keep a BPA-Free water bottle at your desk and refill every hour at the company filtered water cooler!