Here are 5 ways that we can expect health and wellness to shape a healthy workplace in 2017:
1. Health will be delivered to the workplace.
Most employees are trying to juggle multiple hats, such as managing a team at the office, parenting young children at home, and volunteering at a local charity. This can make it more difficult for employees to make it to the doctor to be proactive about their health. For this reason, we can expect more employers in 2017 to bring in flu shots, cholesterol screenings, and biometric screenings to the office to help encourage employees to make their health a priority.
2. Weight loss management in the workplace is taken to the next level.
Perhaps your workplace started its healthy workplace initiative in 2016 by introducing healthy snacks in the workplace. We can expect that many organizations will take this idea one step further and also encourage fitness opportunities, such as weekly onsite group yoga classes or free zumba classes at a nearby fitness facility. Employees can really develop a sense of comradorie when they are committed to exercising together and reaching a common goal.
3. Workspaces will be redesigned to promote a health lifestyle.
Businesses that re-design their workspaces to promote a healthy lifestyle will really stand out in 2017. Examples of this could include replacing desk chairs with exercise balls, offering standing workstations with anti-fatigue mats, and bringing treadmills into the office to give employees a quick walk break.
4. More company campuses will become smoke-free zones.
To help support this, many employers are now beginning to offer smoking cessation programs. Not only can such a program provide the necessary support needed to quick smoking, but it also supports a heathy workplace initiative. We'll likely see in 2017 that some employers will take this one step further by implementing a "no hire" policy for smokers.
5. Stress management programs will be introduced to control daily pressures.
In an effort to have all employees in an optimal state of mind for performing their jobs, we can expect to see some companies introducing stress management programs in the workplace. These programs could focus on employees dedicating a short part of their day to journal writing, meditation, or even daydreaming. These practices can leave your employees feeling rejuvenated and more confident to take on the work day.
Sitting behind a desk all day certainly does not foster a healthy lifestyle for your employees. However, when employers find innovative ways to encourage their employees to live a healthy lifestyle at home and work, they will benefit from happier, healthier, and more satisfied employees. It's a win-win situation for everyone.
Please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts for unique strategies for creating a healthy workplace.