by | Jan 23, 2020

Developing a fitness habit can take up to 21 to 66 days of daily repetition. As everyone creates new wellness resolutions in January, now is the perfect time to foster a workplace wellness program.

Helping your employees stay happy and healthy leads to a more engaged and productive workplace, as well as better overall performance.

It can also help your bottom line. WorkDesign notes that Harvard researchers “report that for every dollar spent on employee wellness, medical costs fall $3.27 and absenteeism drops $2.73, a 6-to-1 return on investment.”

Whatever programs you choose to implement, you’re sure to reap the benefits of a workplace wellness program. Here are four wellness activities you can start with:

  1. Promote undistracted eating. Breaking from work while eating seems like a no-brainer, but the habit of eating while checking emails or doing other work is widespread, and sometimes seen as the norm. Encourage employees to head to the break room or café to eat – or even outside. Concentrating on food (instead of work) while eating will benefit both body and mind.
  2. Fitness challenges. Whether it’s hitting a daily steps goal, or drinking those eight glasses of water per day, motivation from coworkers can be helpful in sticking to wellness goals. At Tribe, we host a three-month fitness challenge that encourages employees to engage in workouts of their choosing. With weekly check-ins and progress tracking, someone wins a cash bonus and office bragging rights.
  3. Healthy snacks. A snack program will appeal to all of your team members—since everyone has to eat! Healthy and communal eating programs encourage interaction between people from different teams, and the kitchen provides a place where various groups can mingle and connect.
  4. Yoga classes. Use a conference or break room for a weekly yoga class. Yoga and meditation are effective stress relievers, which in turn helps employees feel like they can be more productive afterwards. Incorporating self-care into work helps employees not feel guilty about neglecting their workload.

Finding productivity through wellness is all about balance. If employees think they’ll be reprimanded for “not working,” they’re less likely to take the breaks they need. It all starts with creating a culture conducive to wellness.

Interested in communicating a culture of wellness? Tribe can help.

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