Tips for Improving Workplace Wellness
It seems like everything is Go! Go! Go! these days, doesn’t it? Life and work are increasingly becoming more fast paced, so it’s more important than ever for employers to encourage a healthy work environment. After all, it’s been proven time and time again that healthy employees are more productive, have fewer absences, and are less prone to work-related injury. So why not do what you can to promote healthier behavior among your employees? It can end up being a boon for your company’s brand and bottom line.
Workplace anxiety is among the top causes for missed work. According to Stress and Burnout in the U.S., a February 2017 survey conducted by Statista, 28% of employees with management responsibility felt run down and drained of physical or emotional energy and 25% of those that were considered an employee felt the same. So, how do you as a manager fix this issue?
Less Stress, More Engagement
Here are a few tips that can help you help your employees stay healthy, both physically and mentally:
- Provide healthy snacks – This one’s a pretty easy and inexpensive tip. Provide fruit and sparkling water instead of a vending machine full of junk food. If you can’t dump the vending machine, at the very least offer a majority of healthy items and just a few bags of chips and candy bars.
- Create a wellness program – You can go all-out and hire one of the dozens of corporate wellness companies out there or you can make things super simple. Invest in pedometers, which you can find online for under ten bucks, for your employees. Hold weekly steps challenges and award the person who walked the most.
- Offer a financial incentive to quit smoking – In a study conducted by The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School, employees who were financially incentivized to quit smoking were three times more successful at kicking the habit than non-incentivized employees. Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the key to having a successful company wellness program is by encouraging overall well-being while still keeping it fun. Employee Assistance Network has been helping companies and government organizations across Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee for more than 30 years. We are a recognized leading provider of Employee Assistance Programs, managed behavioral healthcare services and work-related training and education programs. For more information or to download our overview brochure please visit www.eannc.com.