Without employees, business success would cease to exist. Employees are the critical component that produces products, provides services, works against important deadlines and pushes processes further to achieve crucial goals.
Such an important factor, once you have the right team in place, it should be a personal mission to ensure their needs are met. This means ensuring they are happy and healthy—key ingredients to a productive and sustainable workforce. A positive mindset and healthy employee will not only do better work, but will also be physically able to complete tasks assigned.
Below are a few ways to keep your office on the right track to health and happiness.
1. Evaluate Your Eating Options
Are your employees fueled for success? Or, are they dragging their feet?
As they say, you are what you eat (and that is the truth!). If your employees are lacking healthy food options that provide them with the proper nutrients, then they may find themselves constantly grabbing for items that only continue to drag and weigh them down. Help keep them going all day long with the following tips:
- Start the Morning Off Right: Rather than providing donuts and muffins—chock full of calories and sugar—consider having healthy options on hand for breakfast. Invest in steel cut or whole grain oatmeal, fresh fruit and granola.
- Form Partnerships with Conscious Restaurants: Encourage your employees to choose better options at lunchtime. If possible, form partnerships for discounts with locations that offer healthy choices close to your place of business. Look for options that boast local organic produce and meats (it is important!). If you have an in-house cafeteria, work with chefs to be sure plenty of options are available that provide a host of vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains—cooked in only the healthiest fats and oils.
- Provide Healthy Snack Alternatives: Avoid stocking break rooms or common areas with heavily processed snacks. As your teams looks to refuel in the afternoon, boost their energy with light and healthy alternatives. Tip: read box labels. If there is an ingredient in the mix that you either 1) have no clue what it is 2) cannot pronounce—then it is probably not a health-conscious choice. The FDA provides a full FAQ on food labeling—a reference for everything you need to know. Look for snacks that offer a short list of recognizable ingredients, such as:
- Raw nuts (Tip: pay attention to total sodium intake as a percentage of daily diet and avoid nuts that are heavily salted—WebMD provides a strong list of high sodium contenders to keep an eye on)
- Raw fruit
- Lightly salted popcorn (again, pay attention to sodium)
2. Reward Employee Initiatives
If you look around at lunchtime, or right as the workday comes to a close, you may see an employees grab their workout bag. For those employees taking steps to work toward their best selves, consider a reward.
This could include gym compensations for participants, points awarded to healthy eating options, or even a fitness contest! Have individuals or teams compete based on healthy eating choices, trips to the gym, miles run, stairs climbed or steps taken. Then, reward first place finishers with a prize.
At Westfield, weight loss competitions, and reimbursement for running, walking, and biking events (up to 2 per year) is common practice.
3. Offer a Plan to Eliminate Worry and Promote Success
A healthy lifestyle begins with a strong foundation. What benefits does your business provide?
- Healthcare: General health, dental, and vision coverage can go a long way toward prevention of long-term problems. Provide employees with the ability to seek physician assistance should they ever want or need it.
- Onsite Facilities: Consider a workout room, walking paths and other opportunities to get fit into your next workspace build-out plan.
Westfield provides a variety of these basic benefits to employees:
- Comprehensive benefits plans
- On-site physical and occupational therapy
- On-site health screenings
- On-going wellness plans (walking programs, running clubs, etc.)
A full list of health and wellness benefits at Westfield can be found here.
What steps will your business take to encourage employees to put their best foot forward this year? Let us know in the comment section below.
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