Happier and healthier employees have been shown to be more productive, resilient and creative and this is now understood as many leading organisations are making it a priority to bolster their health and wellbeing programmes. A review of UK employer wellness programmes found that: reduced sickness absence was evident in 82% of programmes, reduced staff turnover was evident in 33% of schemes with increased staff satisfaction in 25% of implementations.
Seeing as approx. 60% of our waking hours are spent at work, it is of no surprise that forward-thinking businesses are seeing the correlation between health and productivity. It’s evident that employee health, directly influences behaviour, attendance and output. British Gas for example introduced back care workshops for employees within physically demanding parts of the business. Almost 300 employees participated, and the company saw a reduction in back pain related absence of 43%, creating a business benefit of £1,660 per participating employee. It was discovered that for every £1 invested in the workshop, the company received a return of £31.
Businesses can develop a plethora of differing workshops with subjects as varied as: wellbeing, posture, resilience, mental health and nutritional programmes. If not, feeling confident enough to do this, differing companies have sprung up, offering your employees gym membership discounts, health plans and more, so that you may attract, retain and reward your staff members.
Why not introduce a workplace wellness challenge! These are activities which aim to engage people in becoming happier & healthier and the long-term results could be healthier lifestyle behavioural shifts. Challenges can be undertaken frequently or infrequently, however consistency produces the best results of course. Short duration challenges, e.g. one week or one month, are more focused and effective.
Challenges should be designed to reward effort and make it possible for as many people to succeed as possible. Encourage employees to walk, cycle, take public transport or organise a car-pool. Measurement is often subjective but by introducing a points system, seems to be the easiest and most understood form. Some workforce challenge suggestions include:
- Sleep eight hours a night
- Drink a litre of water daily
- Exercise for 30 minutes twice a week
- Try and avoid the lift and walk to differing departments
- Spend 15 minutes stretching every morning
- Eat 5 servings per day of fruit & veg (share healthy recipes with colleagues)
- Eat breakfast daily
- Volunteer to help a colleague
- Read a book
- Take part in a relaxation or reflection session
- Read a self-help book
- Enrol in an educational course
- Spend more time outdoors
- Become someone’s mentor
- Have lunch with a colleague and get to know them better
- Seek medical help for any reoccurring health condition
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