workplace-wellbeing

Anyone who enjoys a healthy, active lifestyle knows that work can sometimes interfere with our best intentions.  It can often be difficult to squeeze workouts and clean eating in around meetings and long commutes. I have spent many years working in an office so am very aware that having healthy options available is a real help in maintaining a happy lifestyle. Companies that are aware of the importance of work-life balance and who continually strive to improve workplace well-being, create a workforce that is reassured that their employers care about their general well-being and health. This in turn can breed loyalty and responsibility. Obviously this is one of the intangible benefits of a Corporate Wellness Programme that you really can’t put a price on. Company loyalty means reduced costs in terms of recruitment and turnover. This also makes for a more harmonious working environment.

 

According to a study in early 2016, only one in three Irish workers take the recommended level of exercise for a healthy lifestyle each week. Three in ten Irish workers undertake no physical exercise during work time and just over a quarter (27%) describing themselves as fairly or very physically active. Given the considerable amount of time people spend in the workplace, it’s the ideal place to encourage healthier lifestyles amongst adults.

 

Traditionally, wellness in the workplace programmes are viewed as ‘a nice extra’ rather than a strategic imperative, yet research shows us that organisations that foster effective wellness programmes have lower voluntary reduction of staff due to resignations or retirments than those with no wellness programmes or low effective programmes. This reduces demands on recruiting, training and has a better effect on productivity. According to a new national survey of employees, seven in ten (69%) employees are more likely to stay longer with employers who show an interest in their health and wellbeing. What is possibly more revealing is that half would consider leaving employers who don’t.

 

Often when workplace well-being initiatives are analysed, they are examined from the perspective of return on investment. However a key benefit which is difficult to monetise, but still brings paybacks, is that of the opportunity to create a wellness culture within the organisation, as well as building employee pride, trust, and commitment. The primary characteristic of workplace wellness is trust between an employee and employer. Personal health is a private matter for individuals, however, by investing sensitively and appropriately in employee health, the psychological contract between employer and employee can be strengthened.

 

According to a recent Irish study, about half of employers are trying to facilitate healthier lifestyles for their employees. It is admirable to see so many public and private sector organisations across the country participating in the day: a great starting point for companies to be proactive rather than reactive in addressing organisational wellness.

 

If your office doesn’t already offer a wellness programme, give Sarah, our Manager a shout and she will be happy to suggest some options to introduce a little movement into your workplace! We have plenty of options available from packages that range from Employee Wellbeing events to in house gym set ups. You know you deserve it.

30-Day Kick Start Programmes

If you feel have a goal in mind and feel that you could use a the guidance or support of some of the best Personal Trainers in the country, we offer a 30 Day Kick Start programme in our Churchtown based gym. We offer both Personal Training and Group Training programmes. During the 30 days, you’ll learn what you need to know to continue on your own path following the 30 days, or you can always sign up for 1-on-1 Training or Semi Private Training or even Group Training at SMART Training to continue working with a personal trainer.