“Corporate wellness” has become a bit of a buzzword lately, and for good reason. More and more people are focusing on healthier lifestyles. Even as we creep deeper into the new year, those New Year’s Resolutions are hanging on tight to some of us and it’s time to bring those to the workplace. Having healthy employees contributes to your bottom line in more ways than one.
According to the CDC, healthier employees are more productive employees. This just makes sense, doesn’t it? If your body is not healthy, you are most likely going to feel sluggish, tired, and be less productive during the day. When your body is healthy, you have more energy and focus, which leads to greater productivity. Again, when your body is not healthy, you are more likely to take sick days. Your immune system is weakened when you are not eating the right foods or taking the time to exercise and rest.
According to Dr. Roger Sahoury, author of Gladiator’s Guide to Corporate Health & Wealth, 55% of workers credited a corporate wellness program with having a large impact on their overall well-being. But the actual numbers are what are really shocking. According to Dr. Sahoury, “It equates to $250 million in savings in lowered health costs and a 50% reduction in high blood pressure among employees.”
So how can a company start the process of a corporate wellness system? While you may have to spend a bit more on the front end, the financial and emotional benefits will exceed that cost in the end.
Standing desks have been shown to have health benefits for all employees. For those who may not latch onto the idea of standing all day, an adjustable height desk is a great solution. If you are not ready to purge all of your traditional desks quite yet, set up a few standing workstations around your office. Allow your employees to use those when they feel they need some energy and a new place for creativity.
Incorporate movement during the day for everyone in the office. Every hour or two, get your employees together for a walk around the office, jumping jacks at their desks, or some other form of exercise. This will get their blood flowing which will lead to better moods, more energy, and productivity.
Corporate wellness really has to permeate every area of your office. When you host a lunch meeting in your conference room, consider ordering in healthy choices rather than heavier options. When you eat pizza or pasta during a great meeting, chances are you will feel like napping soon after. Order lighter and healthier options. Stock vending machines and break rooms with energizing foods such as fruits and nuts.
As the head of a company, how you live and work trickles down to your employees. Rather than just encouraging your employees to improve their health, you must take the time to improve yours as well. Put a stand up desk in your office, begin eating healthier, and let your employees see just how good it feels to be healthy.
When you are ready to kickstart your corporate wellness program, let True North Desks guide you in choosing the best standing desks for your office space and your health.