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9 Workplace Wellness Tips to Motivate a Happier, Less-Stressed Staff
Workplace wellness tips to keep your entire team fit and ready for action
You notice it more each week; your employees are gradually getting less efficient. They move more slowly, they take more trips to the coffee maker, and they just don't seem as perky as they once did. Some of your best workers are starting to look glassy-eyed, and meetings have turned from energetic idea-fests to quiet, somber daydreams.
Not your problem? As a manager or small business owner, it's not just your problem; it's a big problem—and a big opportunity. Workplace wellness tips and programs aren't just some fluffy HR idea to make your benefits package look nice. PepsiCo discovered that for every dollar they spent on health care expenses for employees with chronic illnesses, they saved $3.78.
It isn't just benefits, though. A sluggish lifestyle has major health consequences, and sitting all day at work is a huge health hazard. According to an article in the Washington Post, sitting all day, every day can lead to heart disease, muscle degeneration, disk damage in your back and neck, tight hips, and an increase in colon and breast cancer. That's not something you want your company to be known for!
Workplace Wellness Tips
One of the biggest problems with workplace wellness programs is getting employees to participate. In fact, a recent study discovered that only 40% of employees participate in a corporate wellness programs. If people don't take part in it, you won't get any benefits from workplace wellness. Tips to get your team engaged are only helpful if you work to build the momentum yourself. Remember, show, don't tell.
1. Take a top-down approach
As a company manager or business owner, you have to set the example. Take advantage of the program you've put in place, and make sure your team knows you're active in it.
2. Market your wellness program
You market to your customers through advertising, social media, and great customer service. Now do the same with your employees. Market your wellness program through flyers in the cafeteria, company-wide email updates, and word of mouth.
3. Offer incentives
The right incentives are sure to boost participation in your wellness program. Programs like Vitality offer point-based rewards for reaching goals. For instance, you can get points each day when you hit 5,000 steps. When you accumulate enough points, you can exchange them for gift cards.
4. Make the time
Schedule a company-wide wellness time three days per week where employees can voluntarily participate in a running club, yoga class, meditation class, or a game of pickup soccer.
5. Be flexible
In addition to making the time, make sure your managers are flexible about giving people time to take care of their physical and mental health.
6. Make it a challenge
Set up a challenge and ask teams to sign up for the competition. Get your teams running with a couch to 5k program and hold a 5k where the winning team gets a free lunch. Host a push-up challenge where the team who can do the most push-ups at the end of 4 weeks wins movie passes.
7. Be aware; be inclusive
Due to health, physical limitations, and other reasons, not everyone can participate in a traditional wellness program. Offer alternative means of participation, such as a weekly mindfulness class, a knitting class, or book club. Remember, reducing stress in the workplace is also a health benefit.
8. Offer wearables
We all need a little reminder now and then, and wearable fitness trackers are an easy and effective way to do just that. Fitbit and Garmin currently make two of the top-rated wearables, but depending on your needs, almost any tracker can get the job done.
9. Offer reminders
Remember all those negative consequences of sitting too much? Encourage your employees to download (and use) browser extensions or apps to remind them to get up and move during the day.
- Awareness is a free extension that tracks your time on computer and gives you a gentle reminder each hour to take a break.
- Time Out Break Reminders is a free app you can customize to remind you to change your seating position every fifteen minutes or take a full 10-minute break every hour.
Of course, one of the best things you can do to help your employees in their wellness goals is to offer benefits like health insurance. Get in touch with Fergurson Insurance today and find out how we can help you get your business on a healthy path.