It is no secret that when employees are healthy and happy, they are a lot more productive. As a business owner, you need to find ways to encourage good health among your team, and find ways to ensure that they are happy in their work. One way to do this is to promote a healthy lifestyle, and offer incentives to help keep your team healthy and happy. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
1) Set Up Healthy Potlucks
Most companies host potluck lunches for their staff, but often, the foods that are brought in are high in fat and calories. Encourage your team to bring in healthy dishes, including salads, vegetarian dishes, low-fat sandwiches, and more. It is also a good idea to encourage people to bring in dishes that are associated with their own cultures.
2) Have Walking Meetings
Unless you are planning on presenting a video or slideshow, or having a conference call, there really isn’t a need to hold meetings in a boring old office. Get your team out into the fresh air, and enjoy walking meetings. You can walk and talk, and you will be surprised at how much more you manage to accomplish, thanks to the more relaxed atmosphere.
3) Supply Healthy Treats
It doesn’t cost a lot to buy some healthy snacks and keep them around the office for everyone to enjoy. “Keep the fridge stocked with fresh fruit (oranges, apples, bananas, etc.), fill a basket with granola bars, nuts (unsalted and not candied), dried fruit, etc. Make sure that the treats are high in protein and low in sugar and fat,” suggests an expert from Medplux.
4) Get Standing Desks
It is not healthy to be sitting all day, so give your team the option to be able to stand up to work when they need to. You can invest in standing desks, or, save money and purchase risers for their desks so they have the option to sit or stand when they feel like. This will keep them from getting stiff and sore, and prevent a number of work-related injuries.
5) Start a Yoga Club
Hire a yoga instructor to come in after working hours or during lunch breaks, and encourage your team to take part. Not only is it great exercise, it is also an excellent way to relax and recharge. Doing yoga is also a great way to start sleeping better, so your team will also be well-rested.
6) Set Up a Gym
If you have the extra space, it might be a nice idea to set up a gym. You don’t need to have a lot of equipment, and you can get a lot of things second-hand so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Equip the gym with some weights, a couple of treadmills, a space for aerobics, fitness balls, etc., and encourage your team to take advantage of this free gym.
7) Offer Gym Memberships
If you don’t have the space to set up a gym, talk to local gyms to see if you can get a deal on multiple memberships. Then, offer these memberships at a discount to your team, or if you are able, give them free memberships. Or, offer free memberships as incentives.
8) Host Events
Set up regular events that promote healthy activity. For instance, you can host a family picnic day with all kinds of fun, physical activities such as sack races and three-legged races. Or, put together an outdoor event that gets your team out hiking in the fresh air. Look for ways to keep your team active and healthy.
9) Offer Flu Shots
The last thing you want is to have a lot of employees out sick with the flu. Many employers are offering free flu shots to their employees, as well as many other health benefits over and above their regular benefits package. The more you can do to keep your team healthy, the more productive they will be.