Employee wellness: Why you should invest in your staff
19 Mar 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS
By: Natasha Archary
Employee wellness has become somewhat of a trendy term that gets thrown around the office from time to time. What does it mean? And why should you invest in a wellness program?
With the office landscape changing over the past few years to include more linear workspaces, the in-your-face nature of the corporate environment can be a little intimidating. Long hours spent in close proximity to colleagues, a lack of privacy, intense work pressure can all contribute to a highly-strung employee. Building a comfortable team environnment that is conducive to productivity should be a priority to corporates. A happy employee can go a long way to ensuring they put in maximum effort at work and could decrease staff turn-over.
Wellness is a holistic term, covering mental health as well as physical wellbeing. Most companies offer some type of wellness program and whether you are a small start-up or large corporation, there is bound to be something that you can do to incorporate a employee wellness.
Kaya FM hosts an annual staff wellness program that encourages active participation in the screening tests, spa treatments and other fun activities. All to ensure staff feel cared for and know that the company encourages healthy vibes. This year we were treated to fresh smoothies, massages and the regular blood and hearing tests.
Going the extra mile for your staff will ensure that they feel valued to be a part of the team.
Studies show that wellness initiatives can have the following benefits to an individual:
- Improved strength and fitness
- Improved body composition (BMI)
- Enhanced body/mind awareness
- Improved self-discipline
- Enhanced ability to cope with stress
- Insight into the myths in the health and nutrition industry
- Responsibility for own state of health and wellbeing
- Understanding the role of the state of mind on health
- Learning to manage an optimal healthy mental state
Corporate benefits of employee wellness
- Reduced sick leave
- Reduced pressure on medical aid
- Improved attitude
- Clearer thinking and decision-making
- Overall stress reduction
How has staff wellness benefited you? Let us know using the hashtag #KayaWellness on social media.