An emerging trend for offices this year is workplace wellness, which takes into account the well-being of employees and encourages programs that help improve their health as well as positively affect other aspects of their everyday life.
Part of work is dealing with stress, some may have grown accustomed to the daily stress, although, not everyone is taking it easy. Workplace wellness addresses this through programs or spaces that inspire employees to have a positive mindset or practice healthy habits and help them cope with stress and mental illnesses.
Fitness health hub
In most countries, people get to go to the gym before or after work hours. This is definitely a good habit to practice, especially if you spend a lot of time on your desk. However, that’s not the case for the majority of workers in the Philippines who spend a lot of their time commuting—consuming an average of one to two hours at most in traffic, with less energy to workout due to the fatigue or tiredness they feel.
Creating a fitness health hub in the office where employees can exercise will be a great benefit to their health and improve productivity. You can even set schedules for a specific set of workout programs, like yoga on Mondays and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on Thursdays. Through your fitness health hub, you can help employees relieve stress and incorporate self-care into work.
Modern times call for constant upgrades, particularly with technology. In recent years, there have been numerous smartphone applications that center on people’s well-being, most of which provide a wide range of solutions such as health risk assessment tools, trackers, and platforms. Artificial intelligence (AI) can also be used in healthcare while the Internet of Things (IoT) offers flexibility through the use of technology. IoT allows individuals to design their space on how they want the mood to be through the use of smart devices.
As a business leader, the workplace health-related technology you can provide workers are platforms, trackers, workforce monitoring, coaching and consultation, and occupational health and safety. All of these can help empower your employees to have more control over their work environment and improve their health.
Destigmatizing mental health
Mental health is equally important as physical health, and there is a lot to be done to destigmatize mental health topics in the workplace. It should be noted that poor mental health and stress can negatively affect employees’ job performance and productivity, communication with coworkers, physical capability, and even their daily functioning.
Wellness programs you can provide for employees are safe spaces where they can talk about their mental state, creating quiet areas for relaxation, and allowing employees to take a mental health day off.
Time for rest
Lastly, the most simple workplace wellness program you can find in this article is providing your employees a space where they can unwind. Sometimes overworking your employees can generate poor job performance and lessen their productivity. Taking a nap may seem absurd, but the renewed energy they get from a short rest can be a huge advantage. With an area specifically focused on providing relaxation, employees can recharge in ways that suit them best.
Emphasizing on workplace wellness in the office shows that the company cares and values the well-being of employees by providing programs and spaces that support them in leading a healthy lifestyle in and outside of work.