Provide Healthy Snacks
Everyone loves snacks, and by providing nutritional ones for employees you can send the message that you care about their health. When that afternoon energy slump hits, it’s nice for employees to spend a few minutes up away from their desks and in the break room where there are free, healthy snacks. Something like fruit, granola bars, or yogurt can perk employees up without using caffeine, which can affect their sleeping patterns. If you want to encourage healthy snacks over things like chips and cookies, without removing these options, you can put the junk in the vending machine and make the fruit free.
Take On a Fitness Challenge
A company-wide fitness program is a fun way to create encouragement and support for individual fitness goals. However, you should be careful not to alienate any of your employees. Weight-loss competitions seem like a good idea, but not everyone needs or wants to lose weight in order to improve their health. You also run the risk of employees taking unhealthy measures to win, or being overly competitive. Things like a corporate 5k (employees can walk or run), which supports a local charity, or a step challenge where employees compete to reach weekly goals, are fairly inclusive activities that anyone can participate in.
Encourage Employees to Take a Break
One of the biggest things you can do to support employee wellness this year, is to encourage them to slow down. It’s important for employees to take breaks during the day, vacations during the year, and to get enough sleep at night. Corporate culture typically tells individuals that they must live, eat, and breath their job if they don’t want to be fired or passed over for promotions. Unfortunately, this mentality can be detrimental to the health of your employees, not to mention the fact that it doesn’t even help productivity. Employees are kept up at night working, or thinking about work, they work on weekends, and even if they do manage to take a vacation chances are they’ll still work or even return early to work. The majority of employees don’t do this because they’re dedicated hard workers, or because they’re passionate about their job. They do this because they’re driven by fear, which in turn creates stress, which can be detrimental to their health over time.
You can help discourage this behavior in several ways;
- Set a good example (if the boss works 24/7, employees will think that they’re expected to as well)
- Encourage employees to use their personal time, whether this is vacation time or even just their lunch hour
- Don’t send emails at all hours of the night (you can always write a draft and then send it in the morning)
Your employees need to know that they’re more than a cog in the machine of your company. By taking small steps you can show them that you care about them as individuals. If you want to create a wellness program for your employees, contact Summerlin-Roberts to learn more ways to embrace a healthy lifestyle.