It’s interesting to see the cultural change in a lot of companies as they embrace Health and Wellbeing and recognise the importance of assisting in creating lifestyle balances which embrace a more active, healthier, centred and happier employee.
Employers who are embracing this are starting to find that the introduction of multifaceted intervention in both physical activity and nutrition are having positive effects in the activity levels, healthy eating habits, not to mention stress management of its employee. A workplace which embraces this culture are also contributing to obesity prevention and the reduction in musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back pain. It is also said that healthier employee’s work 143 effective hours per month compared to 49 hours per month from those that are less healthy. It also found absenteeism was a lower statistic in healthy staff.
I remember a time when candidates that I spoke to wanted a ‘work/life balance’ in their new role within a new company. Besides a coffee machine, afternoon biscuits and a beer at 4pm on a Friday, most companies didn’t understand what work/life balance meant, therefore as a recruiter I failed them in finding that balance for them, it just wasn’t there to be found.
Now, as I see so many more companies finally ‘catching on’ to the importance of keeping their employee’s healthy and afford them the time to be physically active, spiritually in tune and nutritionally fed, the benefits are starting to show, Thank the Heavens!
Now I want to stress (pardon the pun) that to do this for your employee’s does not mean that it’s all expense, short days in the office and incense burning in the corner while everyone rolls around on fit balls instead of chairs. No, far from it. It is about having bright and inviting workspaces, natural light, clean air, plants and some life in the workplace. Ensuring that nutritional food options are available and allowing them the hour at lunch to go on a group run or attend a spin class occasionally. It could mean starting groups that want to get involved in sporting teams, learn something creative, be educated on nutrition, learn some stress relieving techniques, the list can literally go on. The opportunities are endless and starting small and working up to see the employee engagement will astound you.
So, if you currently in a bit of a rut on how to initiate this in your company and where do you start, let us know, we are all about people here and can lead you in the right direction.
Off for a run now…….Kelly
Principal Consultant – Selection Partners
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