To help your team maintain its commitment to a healthy workplace and minimize the number of sick days taken, here are 6 ways to stay healthy this holiday season:
1. Get a flu shot.
One of the most effective ways to keep yourself safe from the flu is to get vaccinated. For employees that work hectic schedules, it can sometimes be difficult to get away from the office to get a flu shot. However, you can add a lot of value to your employees by offering flu vaccinations in the workplace. This can do wonders in preventing a flu epidemic from hitting your office.
2. Stay hydrated.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day is not only a great defense against cold and flu season, but it also can help you with weight loss as well. To encourage hydration, some employers offer bottled water in the break room. You could also motivate employees to drink more water by handing out reusable water bottles and giving them access to filtered water.
3. Get a massage.
A single massage can dramatically lower an employee's stress level and boost several types of white blood cells to help protect the body from germs. Considering these benefits, some employers are bringing massage chairs into the workplace.
4. Exercise will power with treats.
The holiday season often brings a number of high calorie treats into the workplace. This can be a big temptation to all of your employees, especially those that are dedicated to losing weight. Keeping your break room stocked with healthy snacking options can be an effective way to help your employees fight off the temptation to consume holiday treats.
5. Avoid overeating.
Between the seasonal treats and the holiday dinner parties, it can be easy to become bloated from a night of overeating. A great tip to take advantage of during the holidays is to chew a piece of gum 15 minutes prior to your meal. This can help to trick your brain into thinking that you're eating, which can ultimately help you to eat less by the time the meal comes.
6. Hold yourself accountable.
A great way to hold employees accountable to their health goals is to hold a contest that encourages a healthy workplace throughout the holiday season. Offer a highly desired year-end prize for the employee that walks the most steps in the month of December. Host a healthy potluck for employees to share their favorite low-calorie, nutrient-rich meals. Have your team signup to run a race together. These are all effective tactics to hold your employees accountable and encourage a healthy workplace.
If your goal is to create a healthy workplace in 2017, our team at Summerlin-Roberts can help. Please contact us to learn about additional best practices for motivating your employees to reach their health and wellness goals.