Improve office health by fostering workplace wellness plans.
Having healthy employees not only makes for a happier workplace, but it’s also a smart way to run a business. Healthy members of staff are more likely to be happier in their role, use fewer medical and health services, and need fewer sick days off. While there’s only so much a business can do to ensure their team is healthy and happy, there are certain things you can do to help.
Hold Walking Meetings
Managers can help their team to get moving by holding walking or standing meetings. Make the most of the fresh air and sunshine by strolling through the complex, discussing ideas and brainstorming as a team. Getting out of the same four walls may spark new creative ideas.
Focus on the Big Things
Chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes are two of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. These two illnesses are severely impacted by lifestyle factors, meaning that leading a healthy lifestyle can prevent and even reverse these diseases. The key habits you may want to tackle first are physical activity, healthy eating, and smoking. Swap the junk food and sugary beverages in your employee kitchen for water, fruit, and vegetables. You can even get the team inspired to partake in a local charity walk or run. Offer small, fun incentives for joining a “quit smoking” program.
Rearrange Your Office
Various diseases like sciatica are brought about by prolonged sitting at an uncomfortable desk station, not to mention an abundance of neck sprains, sore spines, and tight hips. You can help your team by:
- Having exercise balls at your desk
- Installing ergonomic keyboards, mice, and counters
- Having standing desks
- Using office-wide stretching programs over a PA system