Just a few years ago, most people would have said that wellness programs and business performance are two completely unrelated things. However, in the last couple of years, all of us have learnt that there is nothing more important than one’s health and that we should pay extra attention to it, both physical and mental health. With the challenges that have been brought upon us with remote work, Zoom meetings, and the rise in anxiety levels that a great number of people have been experiencing, business owners, CEOs, and managers have started to realise how crucial their workers’ well-being is. Without a healthy and happy employee, there is no successful company. On the other hand, caring about your colleagues and their health, and opting for wellness programs, can have a huge positive impact on your business performance. Here are just some of the ways in which corporate wellness programmes are the key to company success.
Promotes healthy lifestyle
Whether it is an occasional glass of wine or treating ourselves to too much candy, all of us have at least one unhealthy habit. Wellness programs are here to show us that it is possible to lead a happy and successful life without many of those bad habits. One may not immediately give up on smoking or drinking, but the program will help to reduce this habit and eventually completely give up on it. For example, a good course can help all the employees to learn how to make an easy and healthy breakfast at home or at the office, instead of eating fast food every morning. It will also teach them that eating healthy influences not only their body but their mind as well, leading them to feel more energised and focused. This will instantly make them more productive and successful.
Helps better engagement
When employees know that their company cares about them and their well-being, they will less likely to decide to seek a new job elsewhere. Moreover, an established wellness culture in which your company takes pride will undoubtedly attract new potential employees, as they know that they will be valued both professionally and personally. It should be also mentioned that group activities, such as yoga retreats, will help the employees connect and form friendships. In turn, they will function better as a team and be more productive. For instance, your company will get more value from a great business consulting session if all the participants are relaxed, focused, and know exactly what the weak and strong points of every team member are.
The positive effects of wellness programs such as yoga retreats or any other activity are long-term, as the employees learn new habits and keep on practicing them thus improving the quality of their private and professional lives. So, this means that they are more invested and motivated to achieve new milestones that are beneficial for their career as well as the overall company.
Reduces risk of diseases
Wellness programs are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. When employees accept healthy eating habits and exercising as a part of their everyday routine, great results are unavoidable. This means lower risks of many chronic diseases, a better immune system, and reduced anxiety and depression. What is more, certain exercises and meditation help one deal with stress, something all of us are exposed to on a daily basis. As a result, your colleagues are healthier, happier, and more motivated to perform better and contribute to the company. They will know that they and their health are something that is very much valued. Furthermore, when people are healthy, physically, mentally, and emotionally, they will less likely to have to take sick days. That means that they will contribute more to the business’s performance. This, of course, doesn’t mean that employees who are not feeling well should work no matter what, but simply suggests that when a company values its people and genuinely takes care of them, this leads to a healthy team, stress-free atmosphere, and highly motivated professionals who want to give their best at work.
To conclude, we can say wellness programs are something every company, large or small, should incorporate. As there are different categories of these kinds of programs, you won’t have trouble finding the best options for your team. The impact will be amazing and the employees will not only be healthier, but better connected, highly motivated, and enthusiastic about their work.
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