Promoting employee health and wellness in the workplace is part of effective management.
Workplace fitness and wellness initiatives are actually an essential ingredient for high employee satisfaction. In fact, it can have a positive effect on your staff and improve their disposition in the company. Since these activities boost morale and promote a fun and engaging culture, productivity, and drive to work will increase, naturally raising business profitability.
The Importance of Workplace Fitness
Workplace Fitness Stats by the Numbers
35% of UK employees do not get adequate exercise.
The recommended amount of exercise is at least 30 minutes per day. This may sound like a short time (in fact, it is just 2% of your day) but consider the amount of time your employees spend getting to work, getting home, and fulfil their other responsibilities. Provide your employees with the ability to exercise their work-life balance by making fitness activities accessible to them.
1 in 6 of the working age population have a mental-health related condition.
Studies show that there is a definite link between exercise and mood. By encouraging your team members in physical activity, they will also be able to improve their mental state steadily. Besides the science of happy hormones, it's also an excellent feeling to engage with your team members and build relationships outside a work context.
In a survey, 74% of employees responded positively to workplace wellness programs.
Some organizations are known to shoulder health insurance benefits for their employees, which is another excellent promotion of employee health. However, it shouldn't stop there. Adopt the "prevention is better than cure" mindset and get your employees engaged in activities. These will help them stay active so that they won't get sick in the first place.
There are 131 million working days that you lose due to sickness that lead to absences and they are as follows: 34.3 million days due to minor illnesses, 28.2 million days due to musculoskeletal problems, and 14.3 million days due to stress, depression, and anxiety. (Public Health England)
The more cases of absenteeism your company have on file, the more it will take a toll on your company's productivity. These top symptoms can be curbed by encouraging your employees to lead a more active lifestyle. Work fatigue or burnout can be prevented by inserting bursts of fun engagement activities in between work.
77% of all employers from all company sizes in the UK provide workplace wellness programs.
Schedule and accessibility are critical factors of why people can't work out. If they don't have time for it, and if it's out of their way, the chances of them engaging in physical activities will drop. Allowing flexibility in their work hours for gym use in your office or perhaps nearby areas will motivate them more.
50% of employees would overlook a 10% pay rise and choose a company that cared about their well-being. (M8Group)
This encouraging figure shows managers that employees appreciate workplace health initiatives planned by their company. Your people are your company's greatest asset—it's essential to take care of them!
Healthy options in the workplace
A survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management reveals that in an ideal situation organisations give their employees, what they want and need - a wide array of food options. It is important to remember that in the process of promoting healthy food and beverage options at the workplace, HR professionals do not act like the ‘food police’.
So, whether it be the company canteen, vending machines or snacks at meetings, you might be able to increase the number of healthy food options without taking away the other existing options. This way, employees don’t feel as though they are being controlled but rather will notice the well-intentioned efforts of the company to promote proper diet and nutrition. At the end of the day, it’s up to the employee to decide what they want to eat.
NUTRITION & WEIGHT LOSS
Healthy eating isn’t just a case of getting your green veggies, it’s about finding the right balance of the good and the not-so-good! We provide practical nutrition workshops and seminars, one to one consultations for employees and we also speak at conferences and events, our nutritionist and founder Helder Barroso is very passionate about this, he has worked for many years in the corporate world and he understands very well the frustrations of both employers and employees, our goal is to promote healthy eating to suit office workers, shift-workers and employees on the go.
Our programmes are the most innovative and engaging on the market, and we’ll support your organisation from start to finish, from sign up to reporting back to you on the results. All of our programmes are science based and our nutritional interventions achieve great results in a time sensitive, healthy, and effective way.
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We can provide more in the area of Diet & Nutrition, just let us know what you are looking for and we can see how we can help you.
Educating your employees
Maybe all your employees need is an educative discussion that will remind them about the importance of improving diet and nutrition. It could be that your employees are already trying to eat healthier but if they are confused about what exactly “healthy” means, it could lead them to growing tired of trying and just quitting.
A few effective ways to educate your employees could be:
Invite a nutritionist or healthcare professional to conduct an on-site seminar
Make available a trustworthy source of information in terms of healthy and wellbeing
Provide discounted nutrition and lifestyle consultations
Send out nutritious recipes weekly
Weekly and monthly newsletters on all things health and wellbeing
Remember, your goal is to educate your employees and keep them away from confusion. You do not want to provide too much information and overwhelm them. So, make sure they get the right information in the right amount. It would also be great to let them know who or where they can go for proper advice in matters of diet and nutrition.
Are the diet and nutrition practices of your employees any of your business really? Well, consider the fact that those aspects directly affect the output of your employees and overall company productivity. As an employer, it only brings you benefits when you take good care of your employees.
Previous cases have shown that employees can be sensitive when it comes to personal issues such as their eating habits. Consequently, when you think about implementing changes, remember to be tactful and thoughtful in doing so.