Published in TLOMA TODAY - May 2020 edition.
Whether you’re a small firm just starting out or one that’s well established with hundreds of employees … it would be remiss of you to not constantly be looking for any advantage available to you. Your first priority is running your business, and making the most out of all your resources is paramount to the success of your business. Whether you’ve read the articles or seen some stats, the facts are clear … workplace health and wellness programs boost productivity and have a great ROI.
Here are three ways that workplace health and wellness programs can create a better company culture and boost your bottom line:
1. Health and wellness-related seminars and workshops: Seminars and workshops provide your employees with valuable information, on a variety of topics, that they can use to make better decisions and improve their overall health and well-being. Multiply this effect by the number of employees in your organization and you’re looking at a healthier, happier & more energetic group of people. Let’s also take a moment to recognize that these events can also pull double duty as a smaller-scale internal networking or team-building event … and they can be a lot of fun too.
Granted that facilitating these events DOES require some work and there are some costs associated with finding and bringing in the right experts to lead these sessions. You can certainly choose to take on the added responsibility of finding the best talent out there, coordinating schedules, price negotiation, and facilitation of the sessions … but how much spare time do you really have to do that? Don’t fret … there are companies out there that can do all this for you, and some of them will do the work for you for little to no added cost … seems like a no-brainer.
Find a company that can facilitate these seminars and workshops and that can help with your overall health and wellness plan and watch your company’s culture flourish and your productivity soar.
2. Providing your employees the tools and resources to create a plan of action based on their newly acquired health and wellness knowledge: You’ve had the seminar, your office is abuzz with positive energy and everyone wants to start getting healthier … now what; where do they start? As with any project, a plan of action will keep you on track and help you achieve your goals quicker, and enlisting the help of an expert will help you along that journey. Let’s say, for example, you’ve just hosted a healthy eating seminar, led by a Registered Dietitian. Employees are ready to make the change but figuring out the next steps can be a challenge. Everyone has different responsibilities, priorities, dietary restrictions, etc and thus require an individual plan. Bringing that Dietitian into your office to have individual appointments with employees bridges that gap between intent and action. The Dietitian can discuss the employee’s specific situation and then work with them to create a plan.
That sounds like a lot of work. The right wellness partner understands that you’re busy and will do the work for you to facilitate those healthcare appointments at your office. They’ll work with someone at your company, to schedule a day that works for your organization and your employees.
Providing your employees with the knowledge AND the resources to take action is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Healthier employees are happier, more productive employees, PLUS your employees feel like their employer values them and cares about their well-being.
3. Ergonomics: It’s no surprise that spending endless hours sitting hunched over our laptops puts undue strain on our bodies. Sometimes the most effective solutions can be the easiest ones available. Laptop stands, standing desks, adjusting your chair or monitor to an optimal position are all ways to reduce or relieve the stress on our bodies caused by sitting at a desk, working on our computers on a daily basis.
Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment, and just like anything else, there are experts that can ensure that your employees’ workstations are set up to reduce physical strain. Making sure that your employees’ workstations are set up in an ergonomically efficient manner creates a more comfortable, relaxed and thus productive physical work environment.
Do some research, hire an ergonomics expert and get your employees comfortably set up for success.
Choosing the right wellness partner can allow you to easily offer all of these things in a very cost-effective AND time-efficient manner. Some of these suggestions are practically free, while some have some associated costs, but none of them need to be expensive. Health and wellness initiatives in the workplace are an investment in your organization’s future growth and success, and should be viewed that way.
It’s easier than you think:
1. Decide to invest in your organization’s health and wellness 2. Make a plan, or find a partner to help you make one 3. Sit back and watch your company’s culture and productivity grow.
Mike Gaspar is the Co-Founder and COO of HealthCasa and has 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Mike, and his partner Karen, started HealthCasa in 2017. After starting a small chain of Chiropody/Podiatry clinics and selling a few years later, Mike set out to solve the inefficiencies plaguing the traditional brick-and-mortar healthcare clinic model. HealthCasa solves this problem by offering convenient access to Chiropody/Podiatry and orthotics appointments at people's homes, which evolved into offering full-service workplace wellness solutions at corporate offices. Specializing in providing group wellness seminars AND individual healthcare appointments at your office, HealthCasa is your partner for workplace health and wellness.