Promoting healthy work environment with Employee Wellness Days

By Ola Van Zyl DipNT mNTOI

Companies looking to manage their overall spending on employee health care and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to employee absences. This often institutes employee wellness programs to promote preventive care and foster a healthier workplace.

Because of the connection between wellness and productivity, companies have taken a strong interest in promoting wellness in the workplace. Not only does the provision of information and support resources to your staff satisfy the duty of care requirements, but your staff will be healthier, more knowledgeable, and more engaged.

According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, every $1 invested in employee wellness programs yields roughly $4 in savings through reduced sick days, higher productivity and decreased overall health costs. Healthier people work harder, are happier, help others and are more efficient.  Unhealthy workers are generally sluggish, overtired and unhappy, as the work is a symptom of their way of life.

Employee wellness days are a common component of an overall wellness strategy. To earn time off from work, employees participate in health-related activities in exchange for wellness day credits. Credits are redeemed for time off from work, boosting not only health awareness but employee morale.

Employers looking to start simply can approach a Corporate Nutritionist. Many practitioners are willing to do complimentary presentations in local workplaces to build awareness of their own practices. Gaining employee feedback is also an important way to gauge what types of programs and incentives are meaningful to different work groups.

Contact me to find out how I could be an assistance in organising the Employee Wellness Day for your company.

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