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Incorporating Health and Wellness into the Workplace

Promoting employee wellness is a trend that every employer should be on board with. The incentives for creating a healthy environment are beneficial to both the employer and the employee. If you’re looking to retain top talent, save on healthcare costs, improve productivity, and/or promote employee satisfaction, then I suggest investing in your employee’s health.

Here are a few simple ways employee wellness can be promoted in the workplace:

Scheduled Breaks: Jam-packed calendars and meetings make it challenging for employees to step away for a break. I suggest encouraging employees to take short breaks throughout the day. You can do this by creating a designated break area or setting calendar reminders. This is an effective way to improve mental health and increase productivity.

Healthy Snacking: Many of us are faced with the temptation of sugary baked goods. Yes, these treats are delicious and appreciated, but we shouldn’t eat them every day. One of the things I love about working at Mindset is a fridge with a full stock of healthy snack options. Having fruits and veggies on hand for employees to munch on throughout the day is beneficial to employee health which means fewer sick days!

Start a Step Challenge: Reaching the ambitious 10,000 steps/day goal can be difficult while having a desk job, so why not make a competition out of it? Smartwatches and step trackers are becoming just as common as smartphones these days. And if you don’t have one, you guessed it, there’s an app for that. Encourage your employees to take walking breaks together (this is great for team building). Or ditch the office for your next 1 on 1 and take a walk. Sitting all day can have harmful consequences for our health over time, so get moving!

Gym Time: If you have an on-site gym, promote it! Working out in the afternoon is a great way for employees to take a much-needed mental break to re-energize. Exercise is the perfect caffeine alternative as it helps prevent the dreaded afternoon crash. Working out is beneficial no matter the time of day, so try to encourage employees to make it a daily habit.

The opportunities are endless when promoting health and wellness in the workplace. Therefore, it can be something as simple as holding stand-up meetings or providing discounts to a nearby gym. In conclusion, we’re responsible for our health. Further, it’s just that much more motivating to work for a company that cares about your well-being. What are your favorite ways to keep yourself or employees motivated to live a healthy life at work? I’d love to hear your ideas!


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Ashlee Jacob is an SAP Recruiter at Mindset Consulting. She's passionate about helping people reach positive outcomes and loves being able to connect great talent with opportunities that will help them grow professionally. She enjoys getting to know the SAP talent community and has quickly realized how they're just as excited about cutting edge technology as we are at Mindset. Outside of work, Ashlee can be found hosting friends and family, playing with her 2 Boxers (Addy and Jaymo), going to concerts, biking, hiking, and ice fishing to make MN winters more bearable.

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