Companies that promote wellness are usually more productive. But as a simple value, there are more benefits to wellness than simply increasing the motivation to perform well.
The best programmes motivate employees to want to be a part of them, without being compulsory. Health is subjective and it is hard to set a single standard for everyone in the workplace.
When designing a wellness programme, remember to walk the walk. If you’re truly committed, cut down on the catered pastry breakfasts and pizza lunches. Schedule walking meetings. When there is alignment between the big picture and the details, it projects a much stronger image of what you are trying to achieve, and helps keep everyone on track.
Above all, a wellness initiative should be realistic. This includes setting achievable goals, starting by evaluating employee needs and devising metrics to track progress. For example, cardio exercise might make more sense for an office employee than a construction worker. Finally, management should set the example by playing an active role in promoting and partaking in the activities.
You might be wondering, how does this relate to safety and risk management? In fact, wellness and safety go hand in hand. Encouraging fitness goals can help ward off some of the health concerns of long days spent sitting. Promoting a positive and inclusive environment through a focus on wellness enhances mental health, which makes the workplace healthier and safer for everyone.
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As always, stay safe,