For a long time, the phrase “work-life balance” has been a buzzword for businesses, but the reality is that, for many people, there is a distinct disconnect between the quality of like they experience at home and the one they get at work.
After all, most employees work 40-60 hours a day in the office, under fluorescent lighting, in range of unhealthy vending machine options, in front of a computer for hours at a time, and unaware of whether it’s day or night outside. After a day’s work, achieving that essential balance is almost impossible – finding the time or energy to exercise, shop for and prepare healthy foods, and spend quality time with our loved ones and hobbies. It’s this imbalance that makes achieving these goals almost impossible – and the distinction between home life and office life makes it exhausting to even think about!
The answer, according to specialists, is that workplaces need to catch up in terms of quality of life – and industry leaders who have committed to these changes and focused on wellbeing are reaping the rewards. Employees benefit from having a happier, healthier and more efficient workplace, while employers benefit from increased productivity, improved talent acquisition, employee loyalty, and reduced sick days.
So, what is wellness and how do I apply it in the workplace?
This is the biggest challenge facing companies that want to move with the times, boost their competitiveness and attract the best people in the industry. The answer is that it’s a holistic approach that requires an investment of time, money and passion – it’s not just about putting a juicer in the break room. It’s about evaluating pain-points in the office and setting goals for overcoming them. Some great ideas include:
- Updating office cubicle systems to include color, collaborative spaces and casual meeting areas. This makes it easy for employees to find a space that suits them, have upbeat surroundings in which to work, and network more easily.
- Introduce options for adjustable and ergonomic desks and chairs, including standing desks. Again, a variety of options should be made available for your space to suit the needs of different employees. Hot-desking will ensure that no-one is restricted to a single option.
- Introduce healthy food options. If you have a cafeteria or vending machines, ensure that they have plenty of affordable, healthy choices.
- Start a fitness club where anyone can join. Once a week running and walking clubs are a great option that helps employees bond and encourages physical activity.
- Introduce nature. Natural lighting, plants and outdoor spaces have an immediate, positive impact on mood, creativity and mental health. Revitalize your breakroom to incorporate the outdoors, hang a wall garden indoors, and opt for glass partition walls to let in daylight and a view.
- Treat your employees to wellness options. Rather than a lunch or dinner out, why not opt for a wellness treat? Spa teams can come in and give employees head and neck massages, or a yoga instructor can come in for a fun introductory session.
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