There simply isn’t any doubt anymore about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. But not only are there personal benefits such as lower rates of illness and longer lives, there are business benefits, too. Yes, if your employees stay fit, it’s good for your business. Lorne Zalesin at StartupNation identifies a number of reasons why a healthy workplace is good for business:
- Increased employee morale
- Decreased absenteeism
- Increased productivity
- Decreased health insurance premiums
You can encourage a healthy workplace. Getting everyone involved reinforces the message, motivating people to do what their peers are doing. Zalesin suggests, and I heartily agree, that you talk with your employees and find out what kinds of information or programs interest them the most. He encourages small business owners to provide wellness education and health tips for employees. Help set up weekly voluntary group exercise regimens for employees. Let your employees know that, since you’re a young business, you aren’t talking about expensive programs, but invite creative suggestions.
To get you started, here are a few ideas:
- Get everyone involved in a local charity fundraiser walkathon. Train together.
- Put together a brownbag lunch program with other businesses in your area and invite wellmess specialists to come in an provide factual and motivational tips on staying healthy.
- Try to influence whoever maintains the vending machines in your building to offer some healthy snack alternatives.
Last, but not least, set a good example yourself by demonstrating a healthy lifestyle, eating nutritiously and getting regular exercise.