10 Oct It’s Time to Get on Board with Workplace Wellness
We all dedicate a huge chunk of time to our work lives. It’s often difficult to find the right balance that allows us to maintain professional performance, while keeping our physical and mental health in check.
Luckily, employers are getting wise to the fact that healthy, happy staff make for productive, prosperous businesses. The benefits of employee wellness programs are outweighing the costs, and having a positive impact on workforce morale and employee satisfaction.
If your organization already has a wellness program in place, we encourage you to take full advantage. If they’re not quite there yet, here are a few key points worth mentioning at the next staff meeting:
The Physical Benefits
“Sitting Disease” might not be found in traditional medical books, but it’s a real concern. The amount of time spent sitting—at our desks, in the car, on the train, in front of the television—is doing a number on our health. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sleep disorders, obesity, and more. They also wreak havoc on our mobility and posture!
Desk jobs, commuting and Netflix aren’t going anywhere, so we can save ourselves from sedentary doom by making small changes like stretching at our desks, or setting reminders to move throughout the day. Also think about organizing walking lunches with co-workers, or maybe a running group or team sport for after work.
For those looking to introduce some expert care, in-office massage therapy is a great option. Even a brief, seated back massage can help relieve tension and stress, as well as work out those kinks developed from slouching over a desk all day.
The Emotional Benefits
Does anyone consider work to be one of their happy places? Many feel our work environments leave something to be desired. The reasons for this lacklustre sentiment may vary, but one thing we can all agree on is that we feel more happiness and fulfillment when we feel valued and appreciated.
Employee recognition programs are not a new concept. Companies have been offering perks like catered meetings, team-building events, lunch and learns, and company parties for ages. Now, the focus seems to have shifted to employee health and well-being.
Realizing that a healthy workforce is vital to corporate success, businesses are seeking new ways to boost morale by cultivating caring work environments. Mental health awareness initiatives, health and nutrition counselling, fitness programs and massage therapy clinics are powerful ways to help employees feel good about work, while at work.
The Financial Benefits
Big or small, every company should consider investing in employee wellness to foster a happy, healthy workforce, not to mention the remarkable return on investment.
Employees who are well and content while at work take fewer sick days, put less strain on the company’s benefit plan, and are less likely to request paid leaves due to stress. All this adds up to huge savings for employers and increased productivity.
Initiating a corporate wellness strategy or event doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking–that would defeat the purpose. From extensive to modest budgets, elaborate programs or simple ones, there are experts available and dedicated to help put your organization on its path to wellness.
Known for its convenient massage on demand service, Massago can also provide ongoing, scheduled RMT treatments at your workplace, or attend one-time wellness events.