670 week 4 Create Ways to Promote Staff Wellness

Create Ways to Promote Staff Wellness

In order for our business to thrive, it is important that the staff has both the physical and emotional fortitude to attend to tasks, think creatively and show up ready to work.  As we examine the current research, however, it is clear that in many instances, staff have become disengaged, exhausted and are burning out.  This occurrence can be seen across the profession and in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  There are a number of factors that may be contributing to an increasingly disengaged workforce.  Managers, directors, and others in positions of leadership cannot irradiate all of the difficult staff may be experiencing.  Intentional effort to implement employee wellness programs have become a staple in many companies as a way to attract top talent, keep them happy and productive, and decrease employee turnover.  I want to offer a few practical ideas that might be just right for you and your team.

START HERE

Survey your employees to find out where their interest is.  Don’t waste time and energy on corporate wellness initiatives that employees don’t find engaging or beneficial. Use Survey Monkey or Google Forms to create a survey to collect feedback from employees.

NEXT

Turn meetings into walking meetings. You sit all day, so why not make your meetings a walking meeting instead? Research has suggested that walking makes people more creative.

THEN

Keep some footballs, hula hoops, and volleyballs around the office.  Make the office fun and encourage people to take a break and rejuvenate.

And TRY THIS

Schedule recess.  Pick a 15 time-slot in the afternoon for everyone to get away from his or her desk. Go outside, socialize with each other, and enjoy some fresh air!

Regardless of the size of your business, there are several reasons you and your employees can benefit from an increased focus on employee health and happiness.  So what ideas are you using for your wellness program? If we’ve missed an awesome idea let us know in the comments below.

 

Hunnicutt, David and Madeline Jahn (2011), “Making The Case For Workplace Wellness Programs,” https://www.welcoa.org/resources/resource-topics/mental-health-at-the-workplace/

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