Being proactive with workplace wellness helps employers manage high health care costs, as well as improves employee morale and the overall health and awareness of employees. Encouraging employees to embrace fitness as a lifestyle pays off for any organization in a number of ways, as fit employees:
- Are less likely to get sick (five times lower sick leave) and generally more resistant to the "bug going around."
- Have more energy, maintaining focus on the task at hand.
- Have more self-confidence because of their physical fitness accomplishments.
- Inspire confidence in those around them.
- Tend to take on more leadership roles.
- Have acquired the skills to set and achieve goals, carrying this over to their jobs.
- Tend to have better attitudes because they generally "feel good" due to their physical and mental "balance."
- Are less stressed because regular exercise releases the physical and emotional tensions of life.
Don’t assume that working in a physical job is a substitute for exercise. Employees should still incorporate personal fitness into their routines, as stretching, working out, eating a balanced diet, and getting sufficient sleep are all part of a healthy lifestyle. According to a survey conducted by Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health, companies that incorporate health and wellness incentives experience health care cost increases at a greatly lower rate than other employers, and have three and a half times lower general health coverage. In addition, a fit employee base provides excellent team-building opportunities (such as a company softball team) which are great ways to build camaraderie and discover new ways of working together.
If you haven’t yet incorporated a health and wellness initiative for your company, you may be missing out on a number of benefits. If you have implemented a program, find incentives to boost participation, as employee turnover is significantly lower among employees that take advantage of their company wellness programs.
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