Healthy Bodies are Happy Bodies
Healthy bodies and minds lead to more energy, which in turn improves productivity. Do you have a business that requires a lot of output and you’ve noticed your employees have gotten a bit sluggish? What happens in the wintertime when the cold air gets into their bones? Implementing a wellness program can help you avoid those lulls in productivity thanks to the nasty Canadian winter or just help improve good productivity to great productivity. Happy people work longer – cause they can!
High Ho, High Ho, It's Off to Work We Go!
Ever notice how healthy people seem to have a spring in their step? Like they actually like going to work or something? How does that happen? Healthy living breeds happiness! People who are in-tune with their emotional and physical health feel a sense of balance in themselves. And when that balance has been tipped by something they are much quicker to react to that problem rather than let it fester and bring them down. No one likes a Debbie Downer, least of all Debbie herself! Employee morale improves when you incorporate a wellness program into your company’s culture.
I Want to Work Where You Work
It’s no coincidence that organizations identified as best places to work are more likely to offer broad-based wellness programs. Google and Facebook are just a couple of places that people would give their left foot to work at, not just because they’re the titans of the Internet, but also because they offer fantastic wellness programs for their employees. And the reason they do is because they want happy people working for them. Don’t you want happy people working for you?
You know the phone call or email message. It’s often short and rather sparse in details. “Can’t come in, I’m not feeling well.” It doesn’t really matter what the cause is, although the main contributors to employee absenteeism are depression, mental illness and stress, according to an Ipso-Reid study. An employee out sick means less productivity. Corporate wellness programs encourage employees to take better care of themselves both mentally and physically, keeping the number of absent employees down to the ones that really need to keep their cold germs to themselves.
Employees with more risk factors, including being overweight, smoking and having diabetes, cost more to insure and pay more for health care than people with fewer risk factors, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. So if you help your employees learn how to prevent those risk factors from occurring, you’ll not only have healthy, long-living employees, but you’ll also save money from benefit claims. Sorry, insurance companies!
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.