Making employee health and wellness part of corporate culture is important for companies who want to attract and retain the best employees. Here are some terrific ideas adapted from a list published in HR Wire that you may want to implement in your own workplace:
- Pay attention to ergonomics. Paying attention to complaints about poor lighting, or uncomfortable desks. You’ll eliminate strain-related injuries, and improve morale and productivity.
- Use an employee bulletin board or newsletter as a means of educating your employees about health issues that affect them.
- Encourage healthy eating habits by providing healthy snacks in vending machines (pretzels, granola, fruit, and juices, for example). Make sure healthy foods are offered at company functions. Encourage brown-bagging by providing a microwave and refrigerator (home-packed lunches generally beat a burger and fries for nutritional content.)
- Promote an in-house exercise program. Set aside a corner of the warehouse for weight training equipment, or begin a break-time walking program. Hold company-sponsored events like a 5K fun run or a “reduce your percentage of body fat” competition.
- Encourage your employees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life. Make sure an employee’s personal time is not consistently compromised by deadlines that require frequent overtime.
- Improve employee morale and your community through a program of corporate volunteerism.