How to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace

November 12, 2014

iStock_000011892746_XXXLargeIn order to obtain an overall healthy lifestyle, it is important to incorporate all aspects of your life, this includes the workplace. Corporate wellness generates many positive outcomes in regards to their employees as well as for the company itself. Here are a few benefits to incorporating a wellness program at the workplace.

1. Promotes Healthy Lifestyle. This is one is obvious but it also has a few hidden benefits as well. Of course, having a wellness program available to you at work is great for getting time to promote your physical fitness, but it also promotes employees’ overall health as well. Partaking in physical fitness activities is proven to lower your chances of getting sick, which in turn will ultimately lower health care costs for you and your company. In addition, fewer “sick” days will be taken by employees, which increases productivity as well.

2. Relieves Employee Stress. It’s no secret that working a 40-hour week can become stressful at times; not just mentally, but physically as well. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours each day, while straining your eyes staring at a computer screen deserves a break every now and then! Taking a half hour each day to re-group and workout is a great way to reduce employee stress. Exercise relieves stress and generates endorphins, which will leave employees feeling energized and happier when they return to work. With a better mood and more energy comes increased productivity!

3. Promotes Employee Camaraderie. Work is always more bearable when you enjoy the people you work with, and getting to know them may be difficult when your day is entirely consumed with work. Putting work aside for a half hour every day in order to exercise gives you the opportunity to communicate with your fellow employees outside of work-related conversation. It is a great way to get to know the people you work with every day in a much more relaxed, yet still professional, setting.

4. Giving Back to Employees. Not only does the company benefit from providing a wellness program to their employees, but it is also a way for the company to give back to their employees. Acknowledging employees’ hard work and rewarding them with a well-deserved break is a great way to show gratitude, and provide motivation to keep working hard. It’s a win-win for everyone!