While most companies provide basic benefits like health insurance to their employees, some are taking things up a notch by providing extra benefits, like access to on-site gym facilities or healthy snacks in the break room. While these benefits are valued and supported by employees, many companies are still underestimating the importance of having healthy employees.
Every aspect of a person’s health, from their physical, mental, even financial health, affect their performance at work. Though losses from poor employee health might not always be obvious to employers, they are nonetheless significant.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the top workplace wellness trends that employers should focus on this year.
Unplugging to Achieve a Good Work/Life Balance
Now that we’re all more connected than ever through our phones and various smart devices, the potential for job burnout is at an all-time high. As self-care continues to launch into the forefront of the cumulative social conscious, businesses are stepping up to help enforce some measure of work-life balance. Employers can help employees leave the workplace behind at the end of the day by setting expectations for disconnecting. For example, employers could institute a strict guideline that prohibits work emails and calls after 7 p.m.
The Consolidation of Workplace Wellness Resources
Companies should start capitalizing on one-stop wellness options. This includes multipurpose spaces that offer healthy food options, fitness and spa experiences all in one space. It takes time to commute to the gym, grab a healthy meal or get treatment. Companies that can help promote a good work/life balance by providing easy access to these wellness services or bringing them directly to the office. Furthermore, companies that prioritize creating these spaces will be better able to attract and retain millennial talent.
Healthier Office Snack Options
People who suffer from obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. That’s why it’s important for companies to start making an effort to supply more health-conscious food and drink options at work. Evidence suggests that nutrient-dense snacks actually help with focus and support overall well-being, so offering healthy options and encouraging employees to be active are small steps that yield big results. This is also one of the easiest ways to show a commitment to the well-being of employees and this small effort can go a long way.
Investing in Workplace Flexibility
Flexible employment isn’t new, and it isn’t going away any time soon. If the nature of your work allows for it, companies should consider giving employees options that work for their lifestyle — whether it’s coming into the office an hour later so that they can drop off their kids at school or daycare, or having them work from home one day a week to ease the headache of their commute or to care for a sick child.
Changes like these affect the company very little, but they can make a world of difference to your staff — plus, it can significantly affect your company’s employee retention rate. When people like where they work, they stay longer. There’s simply no arguing it.