incorporating high-quality wellness programs into your corporate culture

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Did you know that only 58 percent of employees say their job allows them to balance their work and personal life, and as much as 40 percent agree that their job creates a great deal of negative stress in their life? How about the fact that more than 1 in 3 employees say their job has a negative effect on their physical health, or that only half of employees think wellbeing is a strong part of their organization’s culture?

At one time, employee wellness was chalked up to whether health insurance was offered. But with the uptick in the number of companies transitioning to expanded health and wellness offerings, there’s not much room for organizations to neglect a more holistic package anymore (should they wish to remain competitive for top talent).

Organizations that take an interest in employee wellness derive benefits beyond lower healthcare premiums—they actually help to increase productivity, heighten morale, and overall create a happier workplace.

Here are a few practices you can put into place to better incorporate health and wellness offerings into your corporate culture.

Address Healthy Living

Perhaps you don’t have an onsite gym and showers, but there are small things you can do to make healthy living a reality at work. Provide healthy snacks in the breakroom (employees appreciate being taken care of), form company-wide sports teams that participate in the community (enabling relationships to strengthen outside of the office), or give employees fitness tracking devices (who doesn’t love a gift?).

Anything that you can do to show your employees that you both understand and respect their need for physical health will demonstrate your willingness to ensure that time at work is intended to positively affect their physical health—not the opposite.

Provide an Outlet for Stress

According to The American Institute of Stress, numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults. When employees are stressed, their performance will decrease accordingly. Knowing this, it is important to provide opportunities to relieve stress and to ensure that employees’ emotional needs are met. This will also help employees stay focused and high-performing.

Ideas include providing access to counseling services, investing in regular team-building activities, or offering periodic onsite meditation classes—anything that helps employees better connect with themselves, the people around them, and the world as a whole.

Focus on Friendshipping

Equal in importance to employee’s physical and emotional health is their social wellbeing. According to the Harvard Business Review, work friends actually make us more productive, making it easier to seek out help, providing access to interdepartmental information, and heightening morale.

While friendships cannot be forced, there are things you can do to ensure that your organization’s culture is conducive to having a solid office support network. Ideas include hosting team lunches, pairing up new employees with a “buddy” who can help with onboarding and introductions, and planning fun, monthly outings—all of which facilitate comradery and encourage a sense of company pride.

Believe it or not, employee wellness isn’t simply a checkbox that ends with health insurance. Nowadays, employees require that their emotional and social needs are met in addition to their physical health.

How is your organization doing? Contact O.C. Tanner today for more ideas on broadening your organization’s health and wellness offerings.

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