Workplace Wellness Awareness by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

It is very common for employers to create campaigns to motivate employees, including those to improve service, increase sales, and retention rates. Often employers may overlook one of the most important elements in creating a productive and engaged workforce: employee wellness.

During hard economic times employers have had to cut work forces and reduce, or eliminate extras like bonuses and raises. Today’s employees are some of the most stressed and overworked than in previous years. These workers do what they have to do to keep going, because though they may be tired, stressed out and overworked; they know that they are still better off than those who are unemployed.

As employers, addressing the wellness of our employees can offer many benefits. A happy workforce is a productive one, and employees are happier when they feel well, when they get enough rest, and they learn to manage stress effectively.

A Few Simple Wellness Strategies

Wellness campaigns are affordable. There are many simple ideas that you can implement that can help employees become more attuned to their own health and well-being. Some simple ideas include:

  • Lunch and learn seminars on weight management, stress management and common health issues.
  • Exercise campaigns that encourage employees to walk during lunch and track their miles. Incentives like gift cards or time off for the person who walks the most miles can help create a fun and friendly competition.
  • Find a yoga instructor who will offer classes at work during lunch breaks or after work.
  • Mobile massage therapists can offer chair massages during lunch.
  • Bring in a nutritionist to help employees evaluate their diets to look for ways to improve their eating habits.

All of these ideas are easy to implement and inexpensive. Be sure to ask employees what programs they would like to see, and tailor your efforts to your own staff.

Employees Will Appreciate Your Effort

Another benefit you’ll see from implementing a wellness program in your office is appreciation  and  loyalty from your employees. When you show enough concern about their well being to provide workplace programs to help them get healthy, they gain renewed faith in your commitment to them. For employees, just knowing that their employer cares about their health and wellness increases their commitment and work satisfaction.

Over time, wellness awareness programs can help increase productivity. Well-rested, healthy employees are more focused, more pleasant to be around, and more committed to excellence. Fewer days are lost due to sick time and doctor appointments. Turnover due to stress and burnout are reduced. If you are an employer, the time and money you investing in the wellness of your staff will be time and money well spent.  Everyone willl benefit.