Health and wellness often become low priority in our lives. In a fast-paced world, a common excuse for not making it to the gym after work is “I don’t have enough time.”
Have you ever thought of ways to get you and your employees to stay active during the workday? Did you know there are positive implications involved when doing so? You may even find that when effective wellness initiatives are put in place, it can have surprisingly positive effects on the bottom line.
One example of how Sendero motivates their people is through the Annual Step Challenge, a month-long challenge in which each employee tracks the number of steps they take via a fitness tracker. Each week, a prize is given to the “top stepper” for that week. To make things even more interesting, there is also a friendly competition among Associates/Analysts/Specialists and our Management team. The Step Challenge is a great way to increase engagement and inform employees to stay active – and a little incentivizing never hurt.
HOW DO PEOPLE WITH DESK JOBS STAY ACTIVE AT WORK?
Many Senderoans get moving by:
- Walking to lunch instead of driving (or scootering!)
- Turning 1:1 meetings into walking meetings (if technology is not needed)
- Going on brief walks throughout the day
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Working out during the lunch break
Other ways Sendero has adopted and implemented wellness in the workplace:
- Providing healthy snack options in the break-room (including the infamous and well-loved La Croix)
- Hosting “Lunch & Learns” on wellness-specific topics
- Investing in stand-up desks
- Having access to a gym on-site at work
WHY SHOULD COMPANIES CONSIDER WELLNESS?
Incorporating wellness initiatives into the workplace can bring many benefits along with it. If employees feel supported by a healthy work environment, engagement naturally increases. If employees are healthier, more engaged, and having a little fun during the day then they will likely be happier. Satisfied employees are more productive and will be motivated to bring the most value to their company.
Does this mean that bringing wellness into the workplace can actually give positive return on investments? Implementing wellness programs at work can not only improve the culture of your company, but it can also have positive effects on the bottom line. Who knew?