Following on from our Banks Sadler Wellness Week, our Marketing Executive, Eppie Shepherd, discusses why wellness is important in the workplace and should be a part of every corporate strategy…
The spotlight on wellness has gone from trend to necessity in the last few years, with more and more of the public committing to improving their mental and physical health. Yet organisations have only really begun to understand the importance of investing in their employees’ wellbeing.
It’s unsurprising that a happy, healthy employee will be better engaged, more productive and inevitably take fewer sick days. Therefore by weaving wellness into a corporate strategy, businesses are guaranteed to reap the benefits.
Thankfully there are plenty of simple initiatives that can be implemented. Banks Sadler recently ran a Wellness Week across each of our UK offices including our colleagues at American Express Meetings & Events. The programme encouraged over 250 staff to be active, healthy and mindful through a packed week of activities and daily newsletters containing discounted gym classes, inspiring articles and wellness tips.
Employees with certain skill sets outside of the workplace also got involved by hosting their own classes including a run club and lunchtime yoga, which have since become permanent features of our office culture. To increase involvement even more, you could use competitive elements to drum up team spirit. This might be a company sports day or exercise challenges such as the longest plank or most press-ups.
A week long step challenge is also a highly interactive way for teams to motivate and integrate with each other. Across Banks Sadler and American Express Meetings & Events, employees took part in walking meetings, lunch time strolls and more, coming together to take over six million steps across the week.
As well as organising physical activities, investing in mental health practices is an important focus for the workplace. Companies must recognise their part in creating environments that counteract work-related stress.
During the Banks Sadler Wellness Week, a coach provided stress management sessions beginning with a breathing technique that taught employees not only to recognise the symptoms of stress but also to be proactive in coping with the causes.
Feedback was extremely positive, with individuals feeling the benefits immediately and pledging to commit more time to practising meditation and mindfulness. Bringing in an expert or providing opportunities in your office to unwind, including mini massages, a company library or chill out space can make a huge impact on your employee’s overall wellbeing.
For success in implementing a wellness programme, it is vital to have an invested leadership team who recognise its importance. Share employee feedback to get them on board so that they in turn inspire managers to motivate their own teams and to notice positive changes moving forward.
Following on from these initiatives, data can be gathered to provide an insight into tangible benefits by measuring absence, employee retention and productivity. By investing in your employee’s happiness and health you will without doubt boost morale and create a workforce that feels more valued.
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