1. Encourage Healthy Eating With Office Snacks
The pressures of work and daily life can make it difficult for employees to find the time to cook healthy meals. It's so much easier to stop and grab some fast food on your lunch break or get a candy bar from the vending machine to snack on. One way you can combat this, and encourage employee wellness, is to prepare some healthy snacks to set out in the office. These snacks could be dried fruit, trail mix, or even a healthy brand of popcorn to mix it up a little. Setting snacks out for your employees will show them you care, and it won't cost you a fortune.
2. Make Fitness Fun With Office Exercise Sessions
This can be as simple as a walk or light jog around the block one afternoon. Maybe bring in an instructor from a local gym for a group fitness activity such as yoga. Whatever you do keep it light and fun. You should also keep in mind that office weight loss challenges are counterproductive when it comes to promoting employee wellness. Not all people find that sort of competition fun, and for those who don't feel they need to lose weight or those with eating disorders, it can cause even more stress. More stress is the exact opposite of what you want from your employee wellness efforts.
3. Discourage Sick Employees From Coming Into Work
Even a single sick employee could lead to an office full of sick employees, and that's certainly not good for productivity. Often employees can feel pressured by management, or even other employees, to come in and work through the sickness. Make sure you're giving your employees a reasonable number of sick days. It's also best not to ask for doctors notes. The last thing an employee with the flu wants to do is drag themselves out of the bed and to the doctor and they may just decide it's less effort to just come into work than to go to the doctor.
4. Make Sure Your Employees Are Using Their Vacation Days
Employees often worry that they'll be seen as slackers if they take too many vacation days, but vacations can actually make workers more productive in the long run by reducing stress and preventing burnout. Make sure your management is not too conservative when it comes to approving vacation days, you've already given them these vacation days so it costs you very little to encourage their use. If you have the ability, maybe even consider increasing the number of vacation days. After all, a stress-free employee is a productive employee.
An employee wellness program is one of the best ways to show your employees you value them as individuals, creating an engaged and productive workforce that benefits everyone. At Summerlin-Roberts we know how important it is to have a healthy, happy, and engaged workforce, so contact us today for more information on encouraging employee wellness.