How to Incorporate Wellness at the Workplace
“I think outdoor spaces is something that needs to be utilized for wellness. BOS encouraging its workers to walk laps around the lake next to its HQ is the type of wellness initiative that businesses should look at for inspiration.”
One thing is for certain in that the power of health and wellness is not going to stop anytime soon, in fact, experts believe within the next five years HR will have to incorporate wellness programs within the workforce in order to keep up with the increase in healthcare costs for its employees.
“I have seen many different wellness programs. I have seen companies provide gym memberships, lunch hour workouts, incentives for increasing overall health and wellness. Stop smoking incentives, getting active or staying active incentives. I have seen social wellness programs too such as company social activities as well as family activities. I feel that to be effective all areas should be considered (mind, body and soul) wellness is greatly impacted not only by eating well and staying active but by having downtime and social time with coworkers, family and friends.”
As one can see, the options to implement a healthy office are plentiful, and the options are nearly endless. Let’s take this Japanese company for instance as an example. Piala was receiving complaints that smoking breaks were affecting the firms productivity and in order to combat this, Piala put in a policy granting non-smoking staff an additional six days off each year.
Don’t wait on getting the most out of health and wellness programs. The sooner these programs begin, the sooner an organization can reap the benefits.