“Learn to look after your staff first and the rest will follow”. An obvious statement perhaps but it is only in the last few years companies have started to really appreciate that the wellness of their staff is paramount to the success of the company.
What is it
In it’s simplest form, wellness in the work place is about ensuring your staff are happy and healthy. “Corporate Wellness programs are most successful when the business and workers are fully engaged in the program with good health in mind. A successful workplace isn’t about the bottom line alone. It also means creating a safe and healthy workplace for each individual”.
Why its important
Like the body, a company cannot thrive if one part of it is unwell or hurt. With rising healthcare costs, sick leave due to stress and depression and productivity levels at an all time low, wellness in the workplace should be an integral part of any business plan, not a second thought.
Wellness also looks at the environment in which we work in. No light, small spaces and dull surroundings are just the beginning when it comes to an uninspiring workplace.
How to achieve it
There are now an abundance of ways a company can enhance it’s staff’s work environment. From discounts, flexible hours and childcare, these incentives have been implemented in there most basic form. But what about the people themselves? The daily experience of working with a company. The physical and mental wellbeing of an employee has to go past simply giving the odd 20% off at the local coffee shop.
Providing information on common issues that occur in the workplace is a great start, but businesses need to provide solutions alongside this to see any benefit.
Catering to just one aspect of wellbeing may see results for a while, but long term nothing will change. Providing classes, incentives and perks that cover the mind and the body is the only way to ensure wellbeing is at its most effective. Finding activities that cover both is easier than you’d think. Yoga and massage companies are the perfect blend of mind and body and with companies catering to offices around the world, it’s easy to set these initial steps up.
Many illnesses and diseases can be prevented. Having access to healthy food, exercise and even counselling can cut the likelihood of someone having diabetes, muscle problems and even cancer.
The mere offer of help from an employer can have a big impact on a staff’s well-being as the staff feel more cared for and listened to. Therefore providing a program that covers not only health but mind and can only create a stronger work ethic within a company.
Wellness in the workplace can fall short due to impatience. It is a marathon not a sprint and to see the benefits of wellness, a business needs to give it time.
InTouch and Wellness
At InTouch it is our mission to be a part of wellness in your workplace. We can provide these work enhancing benefits: from shiatsu and Indian head massage techniques, to treats and long term health benefits, InTouch have a range of specialists available to enable your staff are at the peak of their game.
There is only one question businesses need to ask themselves; do they want a company to thrive or just survive? You want the former, then put the wellbeing of your staff first and the rest will come.