When many people talk about staying productive at work, there is a strong focus on the many different psychological games you can play with yourself to maintain concentration and efficiency. But in reality, it would be just as, if not more, useful to concentrate on wellness programs. After all, happy and healthy workers are far more productive and present than workers who are ill or are otherwise in pain. As such, putting wellness programs in place to look after the psychological and physical health of employees is crucial when it comes to not only the health of employees but also to that of the wider company as a whole.
So, how can you create a successful wellness program?
1) Encourage movement.
Contact a local gym to see if you can offer a discounted membership program as an incentive. Even better, have an enthusiastic employee volunteer to organize groups of colleagues to head to the gym during the lunch hour, or go for a quick jog together after work.Walking meetings are also a great way to shake things up while getting things done, as are regular group stretch breaks.
2) Do an ergonomic overhaul.
Ergonomic keyboards, mice and furniture are essential in preventing the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). Both of these are highly prevalent in our computer- and device-centric workplace. Investing in ergonomic equipment will keep workers happy and productive, free to concentrate on the jobs at hand rather than on their pain.
3) Encourage well-paced working.
Sure, every business has its urgent moments, but it’s important not to create a culture of overwork. That is, at least outside of big releases and initiatives. Encourage employees to take micro-breaks (5 minutes or less) every hour or so to refresh and reset their brains. Also, encourage them to work as efficiently as possible so they won’t have to stay late. A rested employee will get a lot more done on the job, and they’ll have much better ideas to contribute, too.
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