We seem to have finally realised how detrimental a 9-to-5 sitting-at-a-desk-and-not-moving lifestyle really is.
After all, our bodies were not made for lounging around honed in on Netflix and Instagram all day long. We need to move to stay healthy, but the demands of the modern workplace often leave us drained and in no mood to go to the gym, or even for a walk.
Luckily, workplace wellness programs are starting to take off, and more and more companies are realising that there is no downside to implementing one. Not only will their employees be healthier and feel better, but they will also be more engaged and more productive at work.
Let’s explore where these programs are heading in 2020 and beyond.
A new trend that has started emerging is a zero-smoke workplace.
We all know just how bad smoking is – there is no need to dive into that here. But if you’re looking to help your employees combat this habit, here’s what you can do:
Mental health in the workplace is a subject we discuss more and more often, but it is still not being tackled by companies on a large scale.
With burnout, anxiety, and depression being the most common mental health challenges of our time, you can do your bit and make a difference by implementing a program that will enable employees to reach for help in their time of need.
Our mental health is in charge of our quality of life – yet, tackling its challenges and negative influences can seem like a hurdle we can’t overcome. Not with all the work, and our personal lives, and everything else we have going on.
This is why a workplace mental health program can be the single most valuable step you take to improve your employees’ lives (and consequently, their performance).
As we’ve already mentioned, physical activity is one of the building blocks to a better life, and exercise programs are the workplace wellness trend that we have seen the most of so far.
With more and more exercise-based programs available for companies, it becomes increasingly easier to sign your staff up to one. However, knowing what they need and how to provide it is the challenge here.
Eating well is another of modern life’s challenges, but you can help your employees by offering healthy meals, snacks, or drinks in the office.
While we certainly expect more companies to adopt workplace exercise, mental health and meal plans, the one thing you need to remember is that you can’t force your employees to make the healthy choice.
Even if you provide the workplace wellness program you feel would benefit everyone, there might be someone among your staff who is simply not interested in participating. Don’t force them to take part, as they are free to live the life they want to. Try to educate them about the benefits, but don’t make them feel they have to do it. Prevent staff who are not taking part in the wellness programs from being ostracised, and don’t let cliques form based on lifestyle choices.
Establishing a workplace wellness program can be a bit of a challenge and a learning curve at first. But once it becomes the norm, your employees will feel all of its benefits – and that will certainly contribute to a more positive and productive workplace. It’s up to you to find the best program for your company and communicate its appeal.