Workplace wellness has been an ever-growing term—gaining traction, if not necessity, in companies across the U.S. The movement to better improve workplace wellness stems from health challenges facing professionals at an alarming rate—including obesity, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stress, chronic fatigue, etc.
The pandemic has exacerbated these health issues, leading companies to take action and better support their employees. Startups, in particular, are notorious for high employee burn-out and turnover. But, taking an active role in better supporting staff partners and implementing a strong workplace wellness program can help create a healthier work culture.
In fact, according to a Gallup Research study, workplace wellness plans can increase productivity by up to 21%, reduce absenteeism by up to 37%, and decrease turnover by up to 65%.
Even if your budget is limited, startups can take a few steps to better implement healthier workplace wellness plans. Below are a few suggestions to help get your startup on the right track.
Try offering your staff flexible hours. Within reason, give your teammates the flexibility to work when it’s convenient for them. Perhaps they start work after 10 am and work a little longer into the evening, or they start their day early and logout by 3 pm. Another option is to give your staff partners a half day on Friday so they can recharge and start enjoying the weekend a little earlier.
Offer Free Resources
Write-up a weekly newsletter that offers employees access to free resources. For example, invite employees to carve out time each morning to create a wellness-focused routine. Encourage them to add movement, meals, and mindfulness into their work schedule.
Buildout time for employee bonding and fun time. If you’re working remotely, setup a digital staff happy hour and encourage nonwork-related chatting and games.
Lead by Example
Your word is only as good as your actions. Be sure to practice what you preach. If you’re encouraging employees to take half-days on Fridays or lunch breaks for rest, nourishment, and exercise, be sure you do too.
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