Fostering a Wellness Culture in the Workplace

One of the most common ways to foster a supportive and productive workplace is through an employee wellness program. Here are some ideas for implementing a successful program of your own.

Encourage breaks

Actively encourage your employees to take regular breaks—including getting up and walking around at least once an hour. You may also consider stocking the employee break room with healthy snacks.

Invest in your environment

Employees will feel inspired and be more productive when the work environment has natural light, ergonomically correct furniture, lounge areas and even standing desk options.

While your business may not be able to accommodate all of these items, do your best to provide an inspiring workspace. The physical environment you create sends a symbolic message to employees, vendors and customers about your focus on wellness.

Get rid of clutter

A messy office can hinder productivity, so keep it clean, neat and organized. Keep supplies accessible but out of the way for a more productive workspace.

Support fitness options for employees

If you have the space, build an onsite employee gym, or work with local health clubs to provide discounts for membership. Encourage walking meetings, or simply walk to a local coffee shop for a brainstorming session.

You can also create employee teams that can challenge each other in fitness competitions that culminate monthly or quarterly. You may even provide onsite showers or changing areas for those who work out at lunch or ride their bikes to and from work.

Be social

Host company gatherings to encourage social interaction and connection among staff members such as lunches, holiday celebrations and family barbecues. You'll find that when employees are comfortable with co-workers, they're more likely to be productive at work.

Be flexible

Consider offering flex time and remote work options—as well as the technology to support these options. Giving employees more control over their work schedules may help reduce stress and foster loyalty to your business.

Show your care for your employees

Creating a strong wellness program for your company will not only help employees pursue a healthier lifestyle, but it will also communicate your concern for their well-being outside the office. Employees who feel you truly care about them will be happier and more productive—and that could be a great boost to your bottom line.

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