Healthier employees makes for a stronger workplace. Think about the last time you indulged in a cheat meal maybe one too many times or maybe didn’t get up and take a little walk in the middle of the work day? How did you feel? Probably a little sluggish, motivation was hard to come by, and it probably took you a little longer to get your work done.
While work may seem like the most important thing in the moment, and given it is very important, having good health is the long term goal. Not only are healthy habits beneficial for the individual employees, but it also can help increase productivity – making for a stronger workplace. According to the Health Enhancement Research Organization, employees who eat healthy all day long were 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance. In that same survey it was found that employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to have higher job performance.
So how could you, as a Human Resources Manager, help encourage health habits to create a productive workplace?
- Schedule once-a-month lunchtime speakers on nutrition, stress management and exercise. Offer a healthy free lunch or organize a potluck where everyone brings in their favorite healthy recipe to share.
- Offer the option to have a standing desk. There are several proven health benefits to standing while at work and it is an easy way to jump start healthy habits.
- Contact your local American Heart Association, American Lung Association andMarch of Dimes; they all provide speakers and publications. Also, local fire departments and the American Red Cross offer on-site CPR and first aid training.
- Organize company social groups that can be active together. They could range from pick up soccer games at lunch, or a morning walking club. Encourage people to be social and active!
- Implement a corporate wellness program within in the company that will offer a subsidy for a gym membership or a discount on a fitness tracker. Fitness can be expensive, and taking some of the cost off of your employees shoulders can help encourage them to get started!
Want to hear more on how you can lead your company to a happier and healthier lifestyle?
Laura LaBombarda, FitBliss Marketing
Laura LaBombarda is a senior at Santa Clara Univeristy. She is expected to graduate in June of 2017 with a B.A. in Communication and Entrepreneurship. In her spare time Laura enjoys working out at Orangetheory Fitness, going to San Francisco Giants games, and trying new resturants.
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