Authored by Forbes Coaches Council
A growing number of U.S. businesses are shifting focus from employee wellness programs to well-being initiatives — more comprehensive health and productivity programs that tackle elements such as the workforce’s emotional and mental health, social connectivity, financial education, sense of fulfillment on the job, and many other aspects.
Workplace health and well-being programs not only have a positive impact on your employees’ wellness, they can also lead to a significant increase in your team’s engagement, cohesiveness and overall productivity. According to research, a healthy and happy workforce can reduce costs by more than $1,600 per employee, with reduced leave days caused by disability or unplanned sickness.
1. On-Site Fitness Programs
Nothing is better for life balance, joy, longevity, health, and work productivity than physical activity. Any workplace can incorporate this when options range from sit-stand desks to guided yoga classes, stress management seminars, or full-scale on-site fitness centers. When staff is expected to stay in the office, employers can give them perks that make them feel better and perform better. – Laura DeCarlo, Career Directors International
2. Flexible Working Arrangements
Not everyone can work from home effectively. But for those who can, it can lead to a huge boost in productivity and provide a mental and emotional break from a long commute and being in the office. If it’s appropriate for your work environment, give employees the option to work from home a day a week, and you have the potential to see a boost in productivity and morale. – Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E
3. Improv Training
Most people think of comedy when they hear “improv” and don’t realize that improvisation is a form of exercising the brain that improves mindfulness, active listening, collaboration, risk taking, confidence, public speaking, sales, conflict resolution and so much more. Laughter will also result, which reduces stress while improving rapport and trust with co-workers. – Gina Trimarco, Pivot10 Results
4. Retirement Coaching
Retirement is a major personal and financial transition that many are unprepared to navigate. Companies offering coaching for life after the employment relationship ends stand to gain a lot. Such support can foster positive morale, encourage mindful career planning, and enhance productivity and efficiency until an employee is truly “retirement ready.” – Carroll Welch, Carroll Welch Consulting
5. Access To Healthy Food
It has been said that “food is thy medicine.” Corporate cafeterias should provide access to organic, processed-free foods at a moderate cost. In warmer months, farmer’s markets should be on site. An integrative wellness program can teach others about how to eat healthy and provide proactive feedback on health and diet. – Rebecca Bosl, Dream Life Team
6. Deep Sense Of Purpose And Contribution
7. Incentive-Based Trips