During winter, most of us become less energetic in the workplace. Its dark going to work and its getting dark on the way home from work. We exercise outside less and our health suffers. Australian studies estimate the cost of reduced productivity due to the decreasing health of the workforce is $2billion.
This is ample reason for organisations to invest in corporate health and wellness services to combat an inactive workforce.
Many workplace health initiatives can be utilised to improve staff health and wellness. Many companies now offer gyms and exercise or yoga classes onsite. With the ability to workout in their lunch break many staff jump at the opportunity during winter when working out in the cold after work seems unappealing.
Sadly, such corporate health initiatives seem only to be provided where senior management are active themselves, because they understand the benefits.
So, do corprate health programs really make staff more productive?
We know from staff feedback that energy levels increase just by going for a lunch time walk. The same goes for those participating in lunchtime yoga classes. The same people feel they are more alert and more productive when the regularly exercise.
We have also seen sick days drop as a result of introducing lunchtime programs. If staff are having fun participating in exercise programs and indeed if they have paid for a term of clases, they want to come to work!
- What sort of corporate health culture does your organisation currently have?
- What areas of corporate health are you currently performing well in and how can you further capitalise on these areas?
- What areas of corporate health is your organisation currently performing poorly in and what things need to change to bring these areas up to scratch?
Best of Health,