Wellness Programmes - Changing Lives and Businesses
Forbes Magazine recently published an article that showed four key advantages of offering a comprehensive wellness programme to employees. Clearly, salary came into the discussion but was actually not one of Forbes’ key factors. If employees are to be happy, motivated and able to enjoy their life inside and outside the office, then ensuring their remuneration is appropriate - is a given. Forbes even states ‘benefits outweigh salary’, in that benefits can help businesses attract more high-quality applicants in what is becoming an increasingly competitive job market. Interestingly a recent Aflac Workforce Report found ‘60% of employees would take a job with lower pay but better benefits’.
So, benefits are important, but ‘benefits’ is hardly a specific term. The article goes on to state that ‘good health leads to productivity’ and investing in the health of employees is the key step to increasing the potential of your staff as well as all-round efficiency within the business. There are obviously so many ways of investing in health, and the article does mention a few; providing gym memberships, offering adequate holiday time, and even basic things like allowing employees time off to visit a doctor. However, linking in with their final point (and a blog that we have recently come across – by Joseph Venables, Head of Business Development at a company in Manchester – here), that diet and enabling healthier choices is key to the all-round physical and mental health of employees.
Forbes say, ‘choice is key’ and we passionately agree. Relating to our field - looking to encourage employees to eat healthier at work - simply having the choice to eat healthier and exercise more during a working day is a huge benefit to all employees in terms of their long-term health. This is echoed brilliantly by Venables “I’m well aware that a cheesecake for dessert will have an impact on my waistline. What we talk about less is the benefits of the wellness agenda on personal & professional development”.
His personal journey came after years of struggling to stay on top of his physical and mental health. Following a year-long programme focussing on training and eating better - making healthier choices - he managed to lose 27% body fat. Furthermore, away from just the numbers, he states “I got stronger, leaner & healthier; I slept better, I woke up better, I digested better & I started to challenge my own anxieties rather than constantly fending them off. I felt more confident in myself and, in turn, I approached social situations with more confidence, control & authority”
Investing in health and wellbeing is not only investing in the health of staff but also the health of the business more generally. Our healthy vending solutions provide a healthy snacking alternative and empower employees to make healthier choices and improve professionally and personally.
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