Workplace Wellness Topics That Are Often Overlooked That You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

corporate wellness Feb 25, 2018

Busy executives have greater responsibility in their personal and professional lives than ever before.

Therefore, more and more corporate wellness programs are being introduced to help employees who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in and out of the office.

Improving the work environment by providing programs designed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors, it is easier for employees to find a balance that fits their challenging schedules.

If you are a participant in your company’s wellness plan read on to learn about workplace wellness topics that are often overlook that you don’t want to miss out on.

Corporate discounts for health club memberships

Partnering with health and fitness facilities that are in close proximity to your company can attract and encourage employee participation. By offering discounts and incentives for joining, employees often receive memberships, products, and services at a substantial discount. This partnership is a cost-effective way to fit working out into their budget.

Don’t fail to notice depression in the workplace

Depression is one of the most widespread and prevalent mental health issues in the United States. Impacting the work environment both socially and economically, its cost to corporate America is staggering.

  • A 2015 study revealed that depression costs society a total of $210 billion per year.
  • Reduced productivity at work accounts for $78 billion of that total.
  • The Centers for Disease Control estimates 200 million workdays are lost each year due to depression.
  • The good news is that American Psychological Association studies reveal that 82 percent of employees said they were in good psychological health.
  • The bad news is that only 41 percent of employees reported that their employer provided the necessary resources to meet their mental health needs.

It’s important that your company be prepared by having a plan in place if an employee reports a mental health concern.

Long commutes to work can take a toll on employee health

Surveys show that an average commute to work of 45-60 minutes can make employees feel frustrated, anxious and despondent.

Dr. David Lewis, a fellow of the International Stress Management Association found that commuting to work raises blood pressure and heart rate higher than fighter pilots going into battle or riot police officers in training exercises. He goes on to say that, “At best, it’s a dismal experience; at worst, it may well have health consequences. How much harm it is doing would depend on how robust your physical system is and how high your blood pressure goes.

Feasible wellness efforts that address commuter stress should factor into an employee’s ultimate health, happiness and productivity at work.

Arrange for times throughout the workday when employees can take some time to stretch

Many work environments require employees sit or stand at a desk or in front of a computer for extended periods of time. This can cause muscle tension, stiffness, fatigue and strain in the neck, arms, wrists, hands, back, and legs. Management should allow opportunities throughout the day for employees who may want to take a break to stretch.

Because work surroundings vary, some exercises may be performed at the employee’s work station or it may be a more formal gathering with a designated employee leading the way. Whatever the situation, these exercises should remain easy to incorporate into the workday and simple to do.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to take a break, it can increase productivity and work flow. Your staff will come back with a clear mind, a fresh outlook, and be ready to take on the rest of the day.

Promote and encourage a healthy work-life balance

Everyone wants employees to work hard and to their best potential. That said, it’s important to be sure that they are getting enough personal time so that their mental health isn’t impaired. Working long hours can cause stress and is linked to a number of health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and sleep disorders.

Companies that encourage coming in early and staying late run the risk of negatively impacting the emotional stability of its workers. Encourage and reward employees based on productivity rather than hours logged. Make it clear that your company’s goal is a healthy working population.

Building positive relationships in your work environment sometimes requires you to think outside of the box. Clearly the answers are not one-size-fits-all.

Implement some of these workplace wellness topics that are often overlooked that you don’t want to miss out on. You will be addressing the health and wellness needs of your most valuable asset—your staff.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582


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