Workplace wellness programs have received plenty of attention over the past few years as a way for companies to reduce total insurance spending by promoting long term employee health. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 83% of large firms (200+ employees) offer a wellness program in smoking cessation, weight management, or behavioral/lifestyle coaching. Of these large firms, 42% offer financial incentives including lower premium contributions and cash for employee participation.
The opportunity to reduce total insurance spending is just one perk of promoting wellness in the workplace. There are many other benefits that have been noted, including:
- A better company culture – Implementing a workplace wellness program can improve your company’s culture, resulting in happier (and more productive) employees.
- Decreased turnover – A study by Columbia University shows that the likelihood of job turnover at an organization with positive company culture is a mere 13.9 percent, whereas the probability of job turnover in low company cultures is 48.4 percent.
- Attracts more job candidates – An employee wellness program can make your company more attractive to job seekers and allow you to stand out from your competition.
- Increased Productivity – Healthier, happier employees tend to stay longer, work harder, work more creatively, and go the extra mile. In fact, a study by the University of Warwick shows that happy workers are 12 percent more productive than the average worker, and unhappy workers are 10 percent less productive. It is estimated that unhappy employees cost American business over $300 billion each year.
- Increased profit – With a happier, more productive workforce, the ROI is clear. Companies can see both tangible and intangible profits from implementing an employee wellness program.
With so many great perks to promoting wellness in the workplace, here are several simple ideas to help you get started.
3 WAYS TO PROMOTE WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
#1 Fitness Classes for Physical Health
This one might be a no-brainer, so it certainly deserves a place on the list. One of the easiest (and probably the most effective) ways to promote wellness in the workplace is by providing your employees with free or subsidized access to fitness classes or gyms.
Here at Trammell Crow Center, we offer a variety of free fitness classes at beautiful Klyde Warren Park including boot camp, yoga, and Zumba. We’re also the proud home to Trophy Fitness. For more information about Trophy Fitness or corporate memberships, visit their website or contact Kelley Gray directly at 214-906-2136.
#2 Holistic Programs for Mental Health
According to Harvard Medical School, common mental health problems often manifest as physical health issues. Depression, anxiety, and stress can lead to headaches, fatigue, muscle tension, heart palpitations, or trouble sleeping. Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to promoting wellness in the workplace and ensuring your employees have an avenue of support to address these needs.
In addition to fitness classes, Trammell Crow Center also offers a variety of wellness classes aimed at reducing stress and improving cognitive health. At Trammell Crow Center, your employees can explore the benefits of:
- Meditation – Our guided meditation classes allow participants to create an opportunity for the body and mind to connect through breathing exercises, and explore a peaceful presence in the moment. Through these classes, employees can experience a deeper sense of awareness, increased attention and focus, and enhanced self-insight (all without changing out of business attire!).
- Yoga – Yoga has many benefits including increased flexibility, decreased stress, and lowered blood pressure. Our restorative yoga class involves relaxing yoga poses and stretches, using comfortable props to support the body as you enter an active rest.
- Tai Chi -Tai chi (also known as tai chi chuan or tai ji) is a Chinese traditional art of movement that is widely known for its graceful, meditative form. Here at Trammell Crow Center, our tai chi classes follow a series of movements practiced in a slow, focused manner to decrease stress, increase balance and agility, and promote overall physical and mental well-being.
- Qigong – Qigong classes promote flexibility, balance, and strength in the body through gentle, flowing movements.
#3 Simple Ideas for Stress Reduction
Yoga and meditation might not be everyone’s cup of tea, so consider other options to encourage employees to reduce stress. For example:
- Massages – At Trammell Crow Center, employees can book time with a chair massage therapist every other Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Interested in scheduling a chair massage? Contact Charlotte directly to make your appointment at 817-966-8794.
- Green space – Many studies, including one recently conducted by the University of Groningen in Holland, have shown how green space can reduce the impact of stress and mental fatigue. How can employers use this to help their staff? Try seeking out office space with public parks or gardens nearby. Trammell Crow Center boasts amazing green space as it overlooks Klyde Warren Park, an easy walk to boost employee mood and increase energy.
- Support – Many employers offer stress management resources available through an employee assistance program (EAP). These typically include online information, available counseling, and referral to mental health professionals if needed.
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