Our workplaces don’t exist separately from us. The same themes we have in our personal lives are also apparent in our work lives. At home, many of us are trying to adopt better eating and exercise practices. Likewise, companies of all sorts and sizes are bringing the concept of active living and overall wellness directly into the workplace.
National initiatives have helped a variety of organizations, kick-start campaigns that encourage employees to get in shape, physically and mentally. Companies, ranging from small tech firms to municipal levels of government, are learning that programs as simple as basic health education, flu clinics, and off-hours sporting events not only get staff moving, but also improve overall well-being and workplace morale.
Workplace wellness programs needn’t be overly complicated or expensive. As long as a company carefully examines the needs and interests of its staff to develop programs that will actually elicit participation, a simple workplace wellness program can reduce measureable factors, such as absenteeism and injury claims, while simultaneously boosting less tangible benefits, such as camaraderie and job satisfaction. Ultimately, a healthy and happy workforce is a productive one.
Take a look at three examples of great workplace wellness in action across Canada.