5 Tips for Establishing a Healthy Workplace
Feb. 29, 2016
We value our employees’ health and wellness at Bibby Financial Services, and we know first hand that healthy employees are happy and productive employees. That’s why we recently instated a company wellness program that rewards employees’ healthy lifestyles by allowing them to turn in monthly activity tracking and nutrition spreadsheets for points which can be exchanged for prizes that encourage them to keep up the great work.
Though we’re still expanding the program and encouraging engagement, we’ve come a long way this year and were recently recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers.
Below are a few affordable tips for encouraging healthy lifestyles within your own company:
1. Offer incentives. The easiest way to encourage employees is to offer incentives – this could be as easy as offering funding toward an activity tracker, such as a Fitbit. Host employee challenges in which the co-worker with the most steps at the end of the week receives a gift card or lunch on the company.
2. Encourage activity. Embrace an active workplace by finding a nearby walking trail, courtyard or garden and organizing a group walk during lunchtime once a month.
3. Provide healthy snacks. Everyone needs a junk food pick-me-up from the vending machine now and then, but by purchasing fruit and nutritious snack foods for employees, you’re giving them healthier options that they don’t have to pay for.
4. Organize company-wide community volunteer opportunities and/or 5Ks. Not only does this encourage health and wellness, it encourages team-building and bonding. Volunteering with your local Habitat for Humanity chapter encourages community support, exercise and collaboration among employees.
5. Host a healthy lunch. Once a month or even once a quarter, bring in lunch from a health-focused restaurant or catering company. Exposure to tasty and nutritious food is half the battle when encouraging healthy lifestyles among employees.
It doesn’t take much to create a healthier workplace, and it’s proven that active people are happier, and thus more productive at work. Instating even one of the above initiatives will help foster health and wellness among employees.