- You currently do not have a wellness program: Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work, an average of 8 hours’ day, than any other place. So it makes sense that the workplace can have significant impact on a person’s well-being and health. “A report from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) reported 93% of small business decision makers say the health of their employees is important to the company’s bottom line yet only 23% of small businesses have wellness programs.”
- When employees are absent, particularly over a lengthy period of time, the productively within the workplace decreases: In general, the smaller the business the greater impact each employee has over the productively of the workplace. – When are most people absent, when they are sick. Truth is healthy people tend to get sick less. “The Bottom-Line Killer, a publication of workforce solution company Circadian, unscheduled absenteeism costs roughly $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for salaried employees.”
- The employees looked stressed and unhappy: An overly stressed employee has an increased change of becoming sick or finding another job. Now I know what some of you are thinking, stress is a part of life. I will agree to a point. But no one is able to endure long term stress without it impacting ones’ health and job performance. “The American Institute of Stress released a report January 4, 2017 revealing that 40% of the respondents cited their job was very stressful and 25% reported their job was the number one stressor in their life. The report also indicated that approximately one million workers are absent each day due to stress.”
- Your company breakfast and lunches consist of donuts, bagels and pizza: I am not saying you can’t eat any of these foods but I am saying these foods have minimal nutritional value and will only create tired employees who will need extra caffeine and a power nap within 60-90 minutes. There is an expression among wellness providers that you can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet. “Proper nutrition is able to improve focus, memory and attention.”
- Lower productively in the afternoon: Believe it or not it is possible to stay energized, perform at an optimal level and integrate health and fitness into the work day to improve overall employee engagement. “Numerous studies have been conducted pertaining to levels of productivity during the day, and while each person is different overall research reveals 2pm to 6:30 pm are far less productive than earlier in the day.”
Today, workplace wellness is BIG BUSINESS! Depending on your budget you can have elaborate programs which include onsite gym, health coaches and healthy cafeteria to programs that cost less than $1000. But if you are reading this blog, my guess is you probably have a very limited budget; and we all have to start somewhere. What is important is that you take action now.
If you live in the Washington D.C/ Baltimore area feel free to contact me for a free phone workplace fitness consultation. For those who live in other parts of the world I would be glad to speak with you and assist you in making connection with a wellness provider near you. As a Certified Corporate Fitness Specialist through National Corporate Fitness Institute we have specialist throughout the country just waiting to empower companies like yours to be the very best!
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In health, happiness and wellness,
Nancy Waring, MS
Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Corporate Fitness Specialist