There are many ways employers can facilitate a healthier workplace environment, so that employees have fewer trips to the doctor, more productive work hours and less time spent away from their jobs. Here are some ideas for creating a culture of health at your place of business.
1. Allow work station snacking and lunches. When employers tell their staff they aren’t allowed to eat at their desks, they are essentially forcing them to go out for lunch – which means fattier, less nutritious lunches that take their toll on the body. By allowing workers to eat at their desks if they like, employers are encouraging staff to bring healthy sandwiches, salads and other low-calorie lunches from home.
2. Encourage workplace movement. When employees are tethered to their desks, they feel sleepier, act more sluggish and burn fewer calories. So as long as they are still meeting their goals and staying on task, why not allow them the freedom to move as they need to? Employers can even post suggestions for workstation exercises in the break room, or hold fun “movement meetings” on a weekly basis. This is a great way to liven up the company culture while helping employees stay healthy.
3. Reward weight loss. Lots of large companies have programs that reward employees for hitting their weight loss goals; why can’t you do the same at your business? While it may not be possible to provide free gym memberships, it might be reasonable to hold an annual weight loss competition with a coveted gift card as a prize. Organized weight loss groups have long been part of professional culture anyways, so it just makes sense for employers to encourage them.
By creating a workplace culture that encourages vitality, employers can improve the overall health of their workforce and minimize healthcare costs. Try these tips for encouraging a healthier workforce; we believe they will make a noticeable difference.