When it comes to running a business, there is more that goes into the success of your brand than just selling your products and services and creating happy customers. You need to have a good team on your side, and part of having a good team is having a healthy team. By teaching your employees how to live healthier lives, you can help ensure that they on the job more often and able to get the job done while they are there.
Not only that, but you are also helping promote their healthy lives that can give them more energy at home and maybe even help them live longer. If you want a healthier team of employees (and some tips for being healthier yourself) here are some things that you can do.
Promote Healthy Nutrition
Your employees will have more energy to get through the day if you are promoting healthy eating. While you can’t force people to eat any certain way, you can help them make healthier choices by offering healthier choices.
One way that you can do this is to swap out the junk food filled vending machines with ones that contain healthier options. Instead of potato chips supply them with kale chips. Instead of a machine full of shelf-stable items, consider one that is refrigerated that you can supply things like carrot sticks and broccoli florets in.
Good nutrition does more than just provide energy. It gives them something positive to focus on, which can help with more than just avoided junk food, but also helping them stay clean of alcohol and more.
Promote Physical Activity
Healthy eating alone isn’t enough to create the atmosphere to cut down on missed work days and medical bills. You also need to help motivate your employees to get up and more around. If they know about the risks of sitting they may be more motivated, but they need more than just reports and articles.
One major way you can promote physical activity in the workplace is to offer discounts on gym memberships. Many people would be happy to go to the gym daily, or at least once a week, if it was a more affordable venture.
Promote Stress Relief And Relaxation
Stress is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heart disease. Chronic stress can literally lead to death, but it can also have some minor effects on your body. It can cause tiredness, irritability, and it can cause weight gain or weight loss, depending on how the person deals with their stress.
Have a massage therapist come into the office once a month so that employers can get a tension and stress relieving massage on their breaks. You could also supply discounts and gift certificates for spa days every once in awhile. Employees under less stress will be easier to work with!