GOAL – TO GET SMALL COMPANIES TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR EMPLOYEE WELLNESS
Everyone wants to know that they are valued employee within a company. As a business owner you have many ways you can show this. Wellness is one that has a double bonus effect. The healthier your employee the more valuable they become with increased health, comes increased energy and productivity.
I know what you are thinking; I cant afford a wellness program for my staff. Well hold up; I have been in wellness for over 9 years and yes there are fancy programs that you can enroll in that are costly but I am here to show you how to keep it simple and cost effect , yet still deliver value to you and your employees.
There are so many things that effect productivity, everything from sleep, mental alertness, ergonomics, personal health, work life balance, and the list goes on. Here’s a list of some of the things that you can manage to get the most out of your employees. They all fall under that blanket statement of wellness. But before we go there here are some stats on why we should look at wellness for our employees and how it will benefit your bottom line.
We are not going to tackle them all but we are going to look at the number 1 cause of decreased productivity.
The top 3 limiters to productivity are mental alertness, absenteeism and poor ergonomics. Let’s address these 3 with a wellness solution to suit big or small budgets and 10 to 20,000 employees.
- Mental Alertness: For people that are desk bound with little movement they should get up and walk around or even do a stretch every 20 min. This will increase circulation and increase mental alertness. Small budget: Stretch Breaks App (app called Shake IT pops up stretches every 20 min FREE)
Mid range: Exercises classes at lunch in the board room
- Absenteeism is on the rise in any company due to 2 factors research shows. One being mental illness the other being personal reasons, they are classified as caring for a parent, medical appointments dentist, and so fourth.
According to Stats Can: “full-time employees lost an average of 9.1 days for personal reasons” in 2010. In addition, the Canadian Institute of Stress says stress control programs (such as exercise classes at work listed above) can result in an:
• 18% reduction in absences
• 32% reduction in grievances
• 52% reduction in disability time
• 7% improvement in productivity
• 13% improvement in service quality
Employers pay an extra $488/year for every sedentary employee (The Canadian Institute of Stress).
Marrying exercise and work alleviates the barriers to developing and maintaining a physical lifestyle and will contribute to happier employees and a more satisfying workplace environment. The number one reason people in their 40s claim they don’t get enough exercise is because of time. Bringing the workout to your work eliminates all that planning and scheduling to and from the gym, and saves you the commute! Get in your exercise during the lunch hour and boost energy levels, or throw in a workout at the end of the day without having to go anywhere! Employees will love it, and the overall atmosphere of the workplace will thrive as a result, benefiting your company on a wellness and financial scale!
Small budget here is a quick checklist:
Mid range budget: Exercise for the Desk Jockey Lunch and Learn to educate on desk set up and possible treatments for current problems.
Bigger budget: Needs analysis and ergo assessment for each individual employee based on their body with a specific exercise program to counter act the effect of sitting on that particular employee.
The short of all this wellness stuff is that it does work and there are options for any budget or company size. At Train by Trina we work with all companies to develop a specific plan for your budget, employee needs and company culture.
Be the catalyst to health at your organization and start a wellness committee.
Trina Lambe – Founder/CEO
Train by Trina
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