With winter weather approaching, it is a time when we tend to stock up on tissues and cold remedies and brace for more employee absences. This chillier time of year sees us get colds, flus and perhaps a general sense of malaise that comes from shorter hours of sunlight each day along with less physical activity and more snacking on goodies that find their way to us as a result of seasonal celebrations.
Increasingly, employees discover their energy level is lowered and their immune system is compromised. What can you do to keep your workplace healthy and motivated to stay that way without breaking the bank?
Offering some form of a wellness program for the workplace is a sure-fire way to fend off the winter blahs. It helps keep your workplace on a track by promoting healthy eating, lifestyle and fitness habits. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. You can get creative without spending a ton.
Look around your organization. Do you have any employees who might be interested in leading a walking group or a learn-to-run program? Starting a before or after work walking group could be as easy as gathering a group of employees with one person keen enough to volunteer their time to spearhead the effort.
Other ways to encourage a healthy workplace include:
Ask your employees what they’d like to have in place to support making healthy choices. Do they need more information about ways to quit smoking, more healthy cooking recipes, or just a reminder about dental hygiene best practices? Offer lunch and learn sessions to address their concerns.
Connect with local health food stores to find out if they would be interested in running a free seminar for your employees. Your answer is a phone call or an email away and you might be surprised at how practitioners are willing to help.
Don’t forget to promote your healthy workplace efforts conveniently and with ease. Use email and your internal website share updates on employee success stories. Hang posters and leave a flyer on desks to remind employees of what’s available to them and how you’re helping. Remember to measure what you’re doing to track the results.
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