Keeping Your Employees Healthy!
Did you know that May 15th is National Employee Health and Fitness Day?
It seems like during the summer people make more of an effort to lose weight and stay healthy. As employers, there are many things you can do to keep your employees happy and healthy that will result in many benefits for you as well. Many employers know that there is a huge connection between employee mental and physical health and their job performance. However, doing that can be difficult. Hopefully we can give you a few ideas on how to steer your workplace in a healthier direction.
No matter the size of your company, there are many things you can offer your employees to engage them in a healthy lifestyle and help them develop healthy habits. At Progressive Insurance they have an on-site gym as well as yoga and boot camp classes for their employees at no cost. While this is ideal, many companies are not the size of Progressive and do not have the ability to build an entire workout facility. If you are a small business you can work with your local gym to negotiate a company rate, or something as easy as organizing group walks during your different lunch break shifts. Bringing in a monthly fitness instructor could also cut down on cost while engaging your entire staff. When you make these options available, not only are you increasing your employees health, you are also increasing morale, showing people that you want to invest in them and team building at the same time.
I don’t know about you, but when I come into our company kitchen and see a big box of donuts sitting on the counter it’s really hard for me to resist having a mid-day snack. One of the best things you can do is to stock your company kitchen with healthy snacks such as fruit, granola bars, veggies, or even one of our personal favorites in the Stolly kitchen, healthy chips with salsa. You can keep it fun by hosting healthy pot lucks once a month and encourage people to bring in their favorite recipes.
Keep your staff informed!
Keeping your staff informed is also a large part of keeping them on the right track. You could bring in nutritionists or health coaches to help them lose weight, quit smoking, or help manage stress. Have open dialogs about local resources for both physical and mental health. It could be something as easy as designating a bulletin board in your office for articles and ideas that the staff can share and help each other do better.
If you have a competitive staff like we do, you can start a competition. Split your staff up into teams and have them keep track of how many miles they walk a day or how many pounds they lose. The losing team could buy the winning team a healthy lunch, or can maybe give a certain amount of money to charity. Make it creative and make it fun!
Healthy employees make for a more productive and less stressful environment. If you want to cut down on sick days, insurance costs, and increase your employee retention, helping your staff stay healthy is a great place to start.
For more tips and information you can visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation‘s website.