In the Walkingspree Education Center, you can learn about all the various aspects of employee health, wellness, and related health care issues. We will update with industry news, as well as the latest from Walkingspree.
Simply getting up from your desk has many health benefits for your employees.
In order to keep ahead of the current economy and come out successful at the end of the year, a business needs to work hard and stay productive. For employers, this means making sure that your employees are healthy and motivated to keep working hard day after day. For employees, this means staying focused and on task throughout the work day in order to reach their maximum productivity.
However, while a long, focused day of work and productivity may mean better sales for your business and better feedback from clients, sitting for hours on end and never leaving their work stations may not necessarily be the best thing for your employees.
What many employers may not realize is that by sitting down at their desks and working hard for hours on end, your employees are actually doing more harm to their health than good. Sure, every employer wants their staff to be productive and dedicated to their work. But, more importantly, you should want to ensure that their health and their wellness is also thriving so that they have minimal work absences and more prolific days, in addition to saving you plenty of money in health costs each year.
Traveling employees may need health and wellness programs more than anyone.
As a boss, having daily insights into the lives of your employees can help you to get a better idea of how you might need to adjust your business plan to meet the needs and requirements of those who work from you. For instance, it is always easy to keep track of your employees production and wellness when you are interacting with them on a day-to-day basis. You can tell when certain employees have burnt out from too much work and can easily notice when others have taken a few sick days in a row. In turn, this also helps you to create a more productive, effective work environment.
However, how are you supposed to monitor the health and wellness of your employees who are constantly on the road? Nearly every company has their own fleet of “road warriors” – their out-of-office team that fly or drive across the country, meeting with clients, making sales and reporting back to their home base.
Wellness programs provide many benefits for middle-aged employees.
If you have ever looked back at your old high school yearbook or senior photos, you may notice a large difference between that person and the one who is looking back at you in the mirror today. Perhaps that person was skinnier, had a bit more acne, or was going through that well-known teenage awkward stage. However, they is a good chance that they were in better shape than you are today.
Back when we were in high school and college, being physically active and healthy was something that came along with playing outside with friends, being a player on your school’s sports team or simply walking across campus to get to your classes. While there were many health and wellness benefits that came along with these types of activities, they were something that came as an added bonus to an active lifestyle. Not something that we had to be conscious about as young adults.
ou may not realize the effect that obesity can have on your business and staff.
All around the world, companies are constantly facing many different struggles and hardships that are triggered by the economy and the everyday problems the workplace can bring― absent employees, poor ROI, tight budgets and satisfying your clients and consumers. However, while these problems can challenge your company and force you to work harder as a team, in the end, they can be very beneficial to the overall success and growth of your business.
However, despite all of these different factors that lead to workplace struggles, there is one avenue of growth in particular that is threatening to make a negative dent on many companies all across the United States-the ever-growing problem of obesity in the workplace. Accommodating larger or heavier employees has simply become a fact of life in the business world, from large-scale factories to corporate cubicles all across the country.
Is this health-related cost affecting your company’s bottom line?
Whether it’s a basic flu bug that has been floating around, the latest batch of seasonal allergies that keeps you surrounded by tissues, or you have a much more serious illness, there are few things that are worse than being laid up in bed with an upset stomach, clogged head and a runny nose-except for having to go to work with all of those symptoms. That is certainly worse.
Unfortunately, if you are the only person in your company that does what you do, taking a day off on account of illness could mean a huge pole of paperwork to come back to once you turn. In that case, it can seem as if you are better off to suffer though the work day to avoid the stress and anxiety that comes with missing a day of work. After all, coming in and giving half your effort is better than not coming in at all, right? Wrong.
absenteeism can mean a large loss for the company, both in healthcare costs and the lack of work that is being accomplished.
Improves your company’s bottom line and your employee’s health with exercise.
As many employers know, daily exercise and fitness can have an overwhelming effect on the health and wellness of our employees, and it seems that now, more than ever, adding fitness into our daily work routine can do more for our businesses than we originally thought. For instance, every single day more and more reports are being published about the effects that obesity and a poor diet can have on employee health, productivity and day-to-day functions. However, what many employers don’t know is that the simplest ways to fix this is through daily exercise.
Many reports are now showing that including as little as 15 minutes of exercise into your employee’s daily routine can do wonders in the fight against illness, heart disease and their overall health and body functions. However, researchers are just now beginning to discover that exercising regularly may do so much more than that. Even short daily fitness routines, as simple as stretching regularly and taking walks in your local park, can make a vast difference in your overall health.
Outdoor workouts may produce greater health benefits for your employees.
While it is no secret that indoor gyms and fitness centers can provide excellent workouts for those on the go, nothing quite matches up to fitness activities that are spent outside amongst the refreshing grounds of the outdoors. Not only is outdoor fitness a great way to switch up your typical indoor workout routine and get some new scenery, but it also allows for a greater variety of fitness activities, such as tennis, hiking or even swimming if you live nearby the water.
However, there are many other benefits that come along with working out outside, other than the sights and the sounds of nature. For instance, there is evidence to support the claim that green exercise — physical activity that is performed outside in the presence of nature―can actually decrease a person’s risk of mental illness and improve their overall sense of well being. For employees, this can also mean increased motivation in the work place and a greater sense of drive and energy.