Business Wellness Inside And Out
A wellness program in the corporate environment can have an expansive vision. It may focus on restricting poor health choices while increasing physical activity or it may be a very broad concept of improving overall employee wellness through a variety of programs.
Every employer and business owner will concede that a business should be run efficiently and with a well defined plan for success and reaching goals. Setting goals, obtaining goals, maintaining a sense of responsibility within an organization and reevaluating on a regular basis is the picture of corporate wellness on the outside.
A wellness program from the inside, sponsoring employee health, can have a fantastic range of services or programs that will promote corporate wellness. Statistically, an employee who is in good physical and mental health will produce work 77% faster and 39% more accurately than his/her counterpart who is not as physically or mentally fit.
Wellness programs should be designed to help employees identify any at-risk behaviors that may be keeping them from feeling and performing optimally both physically and mentally. Some at-risk behaviors might be smoking, excessive drinking, poor sleep habits, overeating, or eating an unbalanced diet, not dealing with stress, including no physical activity as part of a daily routine, and ignoring any physical symptoms that may be signaling a serious medical problem.
A wellness program is not a substitute for routine medical care, but should aid employees in living a healthy lifestyle which carries over to their work environment as well.
Some practices that are part of a wellness program may include an on-site gym for employees to use, a well-maintained walking area close to the business, an on-site staff member (or a referral person that can be contacted by phone) that can assist in general medical or nutritional questions, rewards or incentives for reaching healthy weight-loss goals or an occasional class for various interest groups (support for smokers who want to quit, relaxation techniques or weight-loss are popular choices).
A wellness program for employees will encourage a healthy life-style and set the stage for a healthy work environment inside and out.