It’s not a secret that exercise releases endorphins, a chemical produced in the body to keep people happier. What you might not realize is that the happiness triggers extend beyond a person’s level of activity. Food and water intake also impacts a person’s mood.
Why does this matter for your business? If your employees are living unhealthy lives, chances are they’re not as happy as they could be. This makes it harder for you to keep your team on board and offering exceptional customer service.
You can’t force your team to get healthy but you can create an environment that inspires good health. Here are a few ways how.
Start a Running Club
Do you have a few avid runners in your office? How about a few people who’d like to learn to enjoy running?
Starting a running club serves a few purposes. The obvious one is an increase in health. The not-so-obvious one is team building. By bringing your team together to hit the track or trail and cheer each other on, you encourage a physically and mentally healthy activity. Although not everyone will be at the same fitness level, having the support network will encourage your entire team to get healthier.
Schedule in Breaks
You might have heard the expression, “sitting is the new smoking.” That’s because study after study finds that sitting is just as dangerous to our health as inhaling tobacco. It increases the chances of heart disease, obesity and other chronic illness.
If your employees are stuck behind their desk for extended periods of time, they’re at an increased health risk. To help, schedule in standing breaks using your online scheduling app. If you’re worried about losing productivity, you can use this time to schedule in quick meetings where everyone stands up and gives an update on their successes for the day. No matter how you get people on their feet, it’s important for their overall health that you encourage them to stand and move throughout the day.
Change Up Your Snacks
If you offer snacks to your employees in the breakroom, make sure they’re inspiring good health instead of stunting it. Change out the chocolate bars and salty potato chips for fresh fruit and nuts. You might hear some grumbling from your employees at first, but over time they’ll appreciate having the fresher, healthier options available.
Get Filtered Water
Hydration is paramount when it comes to good health. Without drinking enough water, your employees’ productivity will suffer, they will feel more fatigued throughout the day and they’ll have a harder time losing weight or keeping weight off.
When you offer filtered water in your office, you encourage healthy hydration. The water station is a good reminder to your employees to keep their water bottles full so they can keep their blood circulating with ease.
Healthy Employees Equal Happy Employees
You care about your employees and want them to be healthy. When you encourage healthy habits in the workplace, such as regular activity, healthy eating and proper hydration, you’re more likely to also see a spike in productivity and higher retention rates from happier employees.
What are you doing to inspire a healthy workplace?
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.