Healthy People Make Better Employees
These days every business is looking for an edge over their competition and one of the best ways to gain it is by keeping your employees healthy and happy. People who routinely work out are likely to be healthier and studies have shown that exercise can release endorphins, hormones that reduce stress.
When people exercise they also usually get deep and restful sleep and for many people working out is about hitting a goal - they want to fit into a certain piece of clothing or wear a specific size or they want to train for a race or event.
According to the CDC, Healthy employees are more productive and less likely to call in sick to work, and traits of reduced stress, being well rested and setting and achieving goals also translate into a productive and effective employee which in turn means a healthy bottom line. The unhealthy behaviors of the U.S. workforce costs employers an average of $670 per employee annually, according to the March 2011 Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index.
Offer Motivation to Help Encourage People to Train
Even the most dedicated people sometimes need some help in the motivation department. From encouraging words to incentives, keeping your staff keyed into their workout routine can have a serious impact on the overall health of your employees and your business.
Keep your employees motivated with custom eco-friendly workout gear like reusable water bottles and insulated drawstring backpacks. Giving your staff custom branded gear will help reinforce why they are working out and come in handy when they train while also marketing your brand. Showing your appreciation for your staff is also a big win when it comes to employee retention. When you let your employees know that you care and are engaged in what they are doing, that will make them more dedicated to your company.
Bring the Gym to Your Staff
If you have the time, space and means, think about building and furnishing a gym or workout room for your staff. Even if it is just a cleared out space and you arrange for a certified yoga or Pilates instructor to stop by once a week that can be all it takes to keep your staff moving or motivate other employees to start working out.
Another perk of an onsite gym is that it will fit in nicely with your staff’s demanding schedule since they can easily get in a workout during their lunch or immediately after work. If an onsite facility is not feasible consider partnering with a local gym and covering part or all of your employee’s membership fees.
Creative Workout and Meal Planning Solutions
Even something as simple as organizing a walking group can help employee’s hit their fitness goals and stay engaged. Invite a member of the management team to join the group so employees can not only burn some calories, but they can also talk about relevant work issues, like the direction of the company and the status of projects.
Create a cycling or running club to foster a team mentality, but also to keep people interested in their workout. People who work out in groups are more likely to continue to work out and push harder during their workout. If there is a race or another type of fitness event coming up in your area look to sponsor teams. Offer to pay the enrollment fee for any staff member who participates and donate paid time off employees can use towards training or to rest and recover after the race. Also, remember to give your staff branded shirts to wear on the big day to create a feeling of belonging and accomplishment.
You can even create healthy cooking clubs where employees share healthy recipes and treats at the office.
Put Your Staff and Your Business on a Path to Success
There are so many merits to working out and being healthy and the impacts can reach into just about every aspect of someone’s life. When you staff is physically fit the benefits of being happier and more productive in their personal life will make them better prepared and more apt to relay these traits into their work habits, and this will create a more determined and focused work force. In fact, these healthy habits will translate into healthy families and less time off needed for caring for sick loved ones.
It makes sense that you want to do everything you can to keep your physically fit staff working out, healthy, and even try to encourage fitness newbies to join the fray. The key to keeping your staff engaged in their workout is to create a program that works for them, whether that be a group run, a company sponsored fitness instructor, a gym membership, a regular walk or eco-friendly promotional gear. With some creative thinking you can get your employees engaged and active and working towards improved fitness for themselves and your company.