From a business standpoint, there are a lot of reasons why prioritizing wellness at work makes sense.
According to the Global Economic Forum in 2010, the likelihood of employees leaving their jobs in the following year was four times higher if they had a negative view of their employer’s efforts to promote well-being or health.
What are some ways that you can incorporate wellness into your workplace? If you are ready to start creating a happier, healthier place for your employees to work, check out these tips:
1. Encourage regular breaks.
For employees, nothing leads to burnout faster than working nonstop from the time they arrive in the morning until they leave later in the day. Try encouraging short breaks throughout the day. This can improve focus and concentration by allowing the brain to rest. Minimize electronic distractions in the workplace, as well. An easy way to do this is by turning off notifications for tweets, file uploads, or other actions.
2. Support snacking on the job.
The brain and body both require sustenance to survive. Provide employees with plenty of time for lunch or for snacking throughout the day. That way, they are less likely to get too hungry, which can lead to better focus and better health. Encourage healthy eating whenever possible.
3. Try to get employees moving.
Sitting in the same place all day makes people feel sluggish and tired. Getting up and moving around a little can provide a much-needed energy boost. That doesn’t mean that you need to have a gym at your office. Instead, consider setting up a lunch area outside or encouraging employees to walk around the building at lunch. Even a small amount of movement can help prevent sluggishness later in the day.
4. Teach people about the power of deep breathing.
Stopping to take a few deep breaths can make a huge difference when dealing with high levels of stress. People who are feeling angry or overly emotional can also benefit from this technique. Discuss the benefits of deep breathing with your staff members. Encourage them to stop for a few minutes and breathe deeply the next time they are feeling overwrought.
5. Tap into the stress-relieving power of to-do lists.
At the end of each day, encourage employees to write a to-do list for the following day. Doing a brain dump of all of the things that need to be done the next day can free their minds of stress, making it easier for them to relax at home. That way, they can sleep better at night, which means they will show up feeling rested and refreshed the following day.
For more tips on how to do more for your employees well being read this Npower blog.