What’s the best way to make your employees more productive, effective and energetic (besides installing an espresso machine in the office)? Adopting a wellness program.
Employee wellness programs improve effectiveness at work, their decision-making skills and even their rapport with customers. Forty-eight percent of employers say their wellness programs are very effective at increasing employees’ productivity. Fifty-nine percent of employees say taking part in these programs has increased their energy levels at work.
Fit employees are healthier, happier and more productive. Exercise and good nutrition increase blood flow to the brain, leading to clearer thinking, improved concentration and greater creativity. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and increase confidence, self-esteem and resistance to stress, while proper nutrition keeps blood sugar levels stable, preventing energy spikes and crashes.
But perhaps the biggest way wellness programs raise companies’ productivity levels is by reducing absenteeism. Proper nutrition and exercise make employees less vulnerable to everything from colds and flu to injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes. Additionally, when employees are healthier, employers see serious savings. One Harvard study found that employers save $2.73 in costs related to lost work days for every $1 they spend on wellness programs.
Wellness programs also reduce presenteeism: the drop in productivity that occurs when employees come in to work but aren’t effective because they’re suffering from asthma, allergies, arthritis, back pain, depression or other health conditions.
But the best part about wellness programs? They not only increase productivity, but, unlike that espresso machine, they’ll improve your employees’ quality of life outside the office as well.