How a healthy workplaces starts from the top

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Liz Barker
July 30, 2020
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While we can argue about the best ways to maximise productivity, it’s hard to dispute that the physical, mental, and emotional health of employees greatly impact performance, morale, and absenteeism.   Companies also pay a significant portion of employees’ health insurance costs, which are directly affected by employee wellness. All this make wellness an important area of for management to be looking after within the business.

Many traditional corporate wellness programs only recognise the physical component of health.  That’s approach doesn’t account for all of the different elements of employee wellness. It has moved beyond physical health and toward “well-being.” Studies by the Centre for Disease Control andPrevention and others demonstrate that well-being — a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual health — is of primary importance in the workplace.

Despite all this, most corporate leaders continue to fund such programs.Collectively, employers spend upward of £5million a year on wellness programs —yet the programs underperform by most measures, and barely 25%of employers even try to understand how well their programs do.

Successful Employee Wellness Programs Start at the Top. Want your employees to be more engaged with your wellness program? Get your senior leadership involved. Research has shown that the more people in leadership roles are involved in and support their company’s wellness programs, the more successful the program will be.

Positive, healthy attitudes and an interest in the corporate wellness program starts at the top and trickles down through all levels of the company. When you set the example for healthy behaviours, you’re showing enthusiastic support for your company’s workplace wellness program. This encourages your employees to jump on board with the same level of engagement. Like a domino effect, more and more employees will participate in your wellness program.To effect the health of your staff you need to make wellness part of the business culture and in return, the health of your business will be positively affected too.

When you show you’re genuinely interested in corporate wellness, your employees will take notice. They tend to see more value and possibility in these programmes. They know the company takes this initiative seriously. Don’t just encourage your company to attend exercises and health fairs, actively participate in these activities. Model healthy eating and encourage employees to do the same. Bring recipes to share at lunch. Your employees will take cues from your behaviour.

Workplace wellness has the potential to deliver quantifiable benefits by creating a thriving, engaged, and productive workplace. Gallup estimates that lack of engagement costs businesses £550 billion a year and that healthy, engaged workers provide a distinct competitive advantage by arriving at their jobs ready to work and enthusiastically providing maximum effort.

When we are the healthiest, happiest and very best version of ourselves we perform at our best. So doesn’t it make sense to ensure your staff are healthy and happy at work?  True wellbeing is vital to nurturing success in business. If you would like further information from Fit for Living’s, theUK’s leader in corporate wellness programs please get in touch.