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5 Simple Steps to Promote a Healthy Workplace in 2015

So you’ve got your new year plans in place, and your wellness strategy is one of them. (Well, if you make up the 98 percent of large employers or 73 percent of smaller employers that offer at least one wellness program, that is.) But many of you wish you could do even more to support your team’s health this year.

You see, even though most independent studies show that wellness programs produce little to no cost savings, you know that healthy employees can still offer serious benefits — like improvements in culture, morale, satisfaction, commitment, performance, turnover and even recruiting.

And all of that is why we at FitBliss have a resolution for you: Stop wishing that you could do more for your team’s health this year and start acting. Even if you don’t have the resources to launch another full-out wellness strategy, you can take simple actions today to promote a healthy workplace.

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Here are five of them:

  1. Promote walking meetings.
    Encourage your team to schedule meetings outside of the office. Walking meetings can stimulate creativity and refresh your team members, while never actually breaking productivity.
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  2. Encourage fun at the office.
    Did you know that when someone’s not having fun at work, they’re likely to eat more? Obviously, this sort of eating can lead to mindless or unhealthy snacking. Grab some games for the office (ping pong, anyone?) or encourage the team to head out for fun lunches to keep that work enjoyment level high.
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  3. Place unhealthy snacks in strategic locations.
    You could just replace unhealthy snacks in the office with fruits and vegetables, but that’s not your only option. Putting that candy bowl at a distance from desks, or even the simple act of placing a lid on it, will lower the amount of candy taken out.
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  4. Incorporate wellness into incentives.
    Next time you need an incentive for a high-performing team member, purchase a month’s worth of their favorite type of workout class, or give them a gift card for some new workout gear.
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  5. Rely on technology to do the promoting.
    There’s all kinds of wellness technology out there, and a lot of it is self motivating. The good news about that? You can launch it once, then let it continuously motivate your team to improve their own wellness. Wearables are a great place to start. Depending on the size of your team, you could consider purchasing Fitbits for everyone, or as a reward for team members who hit certain health goals.
    [Learn how FitBliss can tie your Fitbits into your CRM to amplify wellness here.]
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Of course, promoting a healthier workplace comes nowhere near stopping here, but these five tips give you some simple ideas to start. Let us know how it goes when you put them into action. In the meantime, we wish you and your workplace a healthy new year, and the benefits that comes with that.

Navid Rastegar
FitBliss CEO
navid@fitbliss.com

Timestamp: December 22, 2014 3:00PM


So what is FitBliss all about?

Our philosophy: We aim to lower stress at work through active lifestyles, and connect people through a social engagement platform to accomplish individual/team goals! Feel Good. Together.

Check us out on the Salesforce AppExchange & call us for a demo – (415) 562-8437!

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Corporate Culture, Corporate Wellness, Employee Engagement, Health & Wellness, Human Resources

How to Engage Employees: Power of With

While I was contemplating what to write as the first FitBliss blog entry, I browsed through different channels, Forbes.com, Rand Report, Harvard Business Review Articles, to understand what the ‘experts’ were saying about implementing a corporate wellness solution.

Here’s what I think: financial incentives can back-fire when the motives are “for the employee” rather than with the employee. People understand the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, just do it with them.

Short Example

I’ll give you an example I think we can all relate to one way or another: when I was a child and my parents wanted me to do my homework or help clean the dinner table, they would say: “if you finish your homework you can go play James Bond on your Nintendo 64.”

Results

Of course I did it, and I was very happy! After a week of that incentive, I wanted more… I wanted to play James Bond and I also wanted to go to my neighbor’s house to play together. My parents weren’t happy with my increasing demands and I wasn’t happy with them not obliging!

It was starting to get challenging for them to find a way to show me the value of doing my homework or do my chores because the carrots were becoming unsustainable. And that’s where incentive-based wellness fails

Better approach

Here’s an approach that I really liked from my parents, they started to do homework with me and we washed the dishes together as they would teach me, while doing it with me!

The carrot was non-existent, rather a shared experience was the intrinsic motivator, an intangible that can’t be one-up’d every week by an extrinsic motivator. It became the culture of our family.

Takeaway

Simply put, if we encourage our employers to engage & demonstrate wellness with their employees, we have long-term cultural sustainability (all while saving significant corporate dollars). This makes sense.

Navid Rastegar
FitBliss CEO
navid@fitbliss.com

Timestamp: August 23rd, 2014 2:40PM


So what is FitBliss all about?

Our philosophy: We aim to lower stress at work through active lifestyles, and connect people through a social engagement platform to accomplish individual/team goals! Feel Good. Together.

Check us out on the Salesforce AppExchange & call us for a demo – (415) 562-8437!

 

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