Employee focus on workplace wellness has grown in response to the rise of stress-related leave.
In today’s work environment, with endless hours of sitting, computer screens, working through lunch breaks and eating fast food. It’s no surprise corporate wellness programs have started to appear throughout workplaces.
Recent studies have found that wellness programs boost productivity, reduce stress, and increase employee engagement, creativity and communication.
With this in mind, we explore what workplace wellness means, why we need it, what’s involved, and ways we can benefit from it.
We define workplace wellness as any workplace health promotion, program, activity or policy designed to support healthy employee behaviour.
The rise in corporate mental health programs is no surprise. According to an Australian survey, one in five Australians (21%) have taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unhealthy.
There are many ways to implement wellness in the workplace – from flexible working hours and on-site medical care to standing desks and lunchtime mindfulness or yoga sessions.
Research has shown that Mindfulness, exercise, healthy eating, regular breaks are a great place to begin. These tactics combined with open, safe communication can enhance emotional intelligence, self-awareness and the capacity to manage distressing emotions more effectively. It also delivers measurable benefits, such as a reduction in stress. Working on workplace wellness can also lower blood pressure, improve memory, and decrease depression and anxiety. A calmer, happier workspace increases team innovation and creativity, which can directly impact the business bottom line too.
Implement Workplace Wellness in your life
If you are responsible for staff, there are plenty of ways to proactively implement Workplace Wellness. Why not try some of the options listed below, and create a better experience for all?
- Offer/provide readily available complimentary healthy snacks
- Encourage staff to leave their desks for lunch – and take the entire hour to enjoy some personal time
- Invest in standing desks
- Negotiate corporate discounts for health club memberships
- Make your office pet-friendly
- Invest in indoor office plants
- Take some of your meetings outside, and try meeting while you walk
- Ask your staff to suggest ideas for their place of work that would ease stress and anxiety