The Importance of Encouraging Workplace Wellness

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Every good employer knows that the most important asset to their company is their employees. Every employer wants their employees to reach maximum productivity levels at a proficient rate. Promoting wellness  is one of the most beneficial choices an employer can make to encourage employees to reach their full potential. Supporting workplace health and wellness encourages employees to live an active lifestyle and make good health choices. As a results employees usually respond with a positive more optimistic attitude. Consider the following reasons for promoting workplace wellness:

Health

  • Fit employees are less likely to use sick days. Employees who exercise are less likely to get sick than those who don't exercise. When employees use less sick days, they contribute more to overall productivity. Fit employees are also less likely to take an extended leave of absence, require surgery or quit because of health reasons.
  • Exercise gives employees more energy. While many people think exercising drains energy levels, it actually creates more energy. Exercise promotes better circulation which allows blood to reach the brain consistently. This makes employees more focused and alert.
  • Fitness reduces employees' stress levels. Exercise has the ability to decrease the amount of stress felt from physical and emotional tensions in life. Employees who aren't stressed are more focused, positive and happy. Their clear minds allow them to focus on work, which means they contribute to a much higher level of productivity.

    Motivation

  • Employees who are fit are more confident. Exercise gives employees a feeling of self confidence creating a sense of poise and allowing them to set higher goals to strive for excellence. Since they don't settle for less than meeting their goals, they are very successful.
  • Employees who are fit make good leaders. Since they're disciplined by nature, fit employees tend to do well at leading others. Their confidence is high, and they tend to use that to help direct others. They're usually the first ones to jump in with a solution to a problem.
  • Exercise contributes to a better attitude. When people exercise, the chemical changes in their body create a better mood. People who are in a good mood make excellent employees because they are more balanced mentally.
  • Employees who exercise inspire confidence in others. Fellow employees are likely to look up to an employee who is fit. The fit employee's discipline to follow an exercise program gives other employees the sense that they'll always have someone to provide solutions to problems. Fit employees are also more likely to speak up when something isn't right. If there are problems with other employees, a system or equipment, they're not too timid to confront their supervisors.

    Engagement

  • Encouraging exercise is a good way to promote teamwork. Planning employee softball games, hikes or other activities is a good way to encourage fitness. However, these examples also promote teamwork. When employees can learn to work as a team outside of work, they'll have an easier time working together as a team during business hours.
  • Exercise encourages goal achievement. Fitness programs demand commitment and goal setting. Since employees are familiar with these important tasks, they'll also carry them into the workplace.
  • Encouraging employee fitness shows that employers care. Many employees feel that their employers don't appreciate them or their contributions. Employee turnover is reduced in work settings where employers show genuine concern for employees. Providing free gym memberships, employee sports leagues or other enjoyable fitness opportunities is an excellent way to say "We care about our employees."

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