Every individual understands, on some level, the importance of health, and has developed measures for staying healthy.
But according to VantageFit, a corporate wellness solutions provider, it’s not enough for employees to address their health on an individual level. The term, ‘Employee Health’ describes the overall health of an organization’s employees, including the various mental, emotional and physical dimensions of wellbeing.
Benefits of a Healthy Workforce
The benefits of fostering healthy practices among employees are numerous. Healthy employees lead to increased individual and group productivity because workers are more likely to motivate team members and other coworkers to commit to tasks and meet deadlines.
But it doesn’t stop there. Here are some of the benefits an organization can expect from a healthy workforce.
According to This is Calmer, burnout happens slowly, and it tends to compound as the individual undergoes more stress. The process is accelerated when the individual constantly takes on more than they can handle, and simultaneously lacks adequate social support.
Facilitating a culture of health and well-being in the workplace addresses both of these points. Healthy employees are more productive and are thus able to meet targets without overworking. They are also able to facilitate an environment where collaborations and support can thrive.
Reduced Employee Turnover
Thanks to the pandemic, people are more conscious than ever of their health; specifically how much pressure they put on themselves to perform and deliver. Employees who aren’t happy with their current work conditions are very likely to leave in search of better opportunities, leading to increased turnover.
A 2012 study by Allied workforce suggests that increased turnover affects the current and future productivity in an organization. According to the results, employees take up to 12 months to reach their full potential in a new role. Higher turn over means more inexperienced employees, which then affects overall productivity.
Ways to Promote Employee Health
Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight, get more exercise, or eat healthier knows that it takes a considerable amount of effort. It’s easier to remain in the same patterns than it is to form new ones.
But organizations looking to foster a culture of health have an edge because employees can participate in a group. Groups provide moral support, making it easier to achieve any goals. Organizations also have resources that can motivate employees in ways no individualized program ever could.
Instead of suggesting generic initiatives that organizations can use, we’ll look instead at a real-world example.
NextJump and a Culture of Employee Health
NextJump is a medium-sized eCommerce company with about 130 employees. It is a prime example that even medium-sized businesses can institute a culture of health and wellbeing in their employees.
Here are two simple strategies that NextJump uses to keep employees healthy and happy.
Employees at NextJump are encouraged to take regular breaks from their workstations. The organization believes that these breaks are a great way to re-energize the troops and help people work more efficiently.
The logic tracks because several studies have found that breaks can increase productivity and even reduce end-of-work fatigue.
NextJump employees are also offered a range of physical activities and are encouraged to participate in them for at least 20 minutes twice a week.
Many of these activities are also team exercises, meaning participants can simultaneously learn to collaborate and work together.
The bottom line
Susan Podlogar, previous Executive VP of Total Rewards at Johnson & Johnson once said, “Having your employees at their best and fully engaged is a business issue – it’s not just a nice to have.”
Large and small organizations have a lot to gain from healthy employees, so it only makes sense to invest in a culture that promotes the same.
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