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Why wellness is essential for businesses in 2020

Wellness in the workplace has grown from what many critics perceived to be a fad, into a priority for businesses worldwide.

Traditional modes of work have been and will continue to be replaced by new models and organisational revolution – much of this being to do with an increased focus on the wellbeing and staff happiness.

Forbes Magazine have reported that businesses are prioritising corporate wellness  and  ‘are truly trying to figure out the right solution to combat rising health issues’.

The future of the workplace, alongside ever-changing markets and technological advances, will demand high levels of energy, motivation, and creativity in order to generate value and success for the business. However, if a modern workplace is to be successful its staff must be in a good state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and must be permitted to bring these positive qualities to work each day. It is crucial that a workplace not only allows their staff to be healthy – both mentally and physically – but provides and enhances wellbeing.

So how can employers do this? Forbes suggests that ‘Corporate wellness cannot be treated as a band-aid’, and a stable and coordinated strategy to wellness is the only way to provide staff with the support they need to succeed.

Just offering staff use of a fitness app, or increasing the amount of fruit in the office kitchen is not going to bring about a change in attitudes and behaviours towards wellness and health. Investing in exercise programmes, education and providing adequate nutrition is key to modern businesses and will be for years to come.

Adequate wellness structures are essential for businesses to get the best out of their employees. By improving health and wellbeing – productivity, efficiency and performance will be enhanced within the business. Similarly, in such a competitive job market, providing a competitive salary may not help businesses get the edge in finding the best employees. Ensuring that a prospective employee will be looked after and that their health is a priority for the organisation can be the difference between success and failure in attracting and retaining the best talent for a business.

Diet hugely impacts physical and mental health, and while employees eat around two-thirds of their calories at work, it is crucial to provide healthy options at work. Interested in trying an office snack box or bringing healthy vending into the office? Contact us to discuss your healthy snack options.

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