07 Feb Workspace Wellness: 6 Trends Impacting Employees in 2018
This article is part of our Workspace Wellness series.
It is imperative for employers to create a healthy culture at the office because it helps to increase productivity, reduce long-term costs, and improve overall employee satisfaction. 2018 is here and Wellness Committees and Human Resource Departments in various organizations intend to adopt new and alluring corporate wellness trends. Most of the wellness programs are focused on benefiting office space employees who spend most of their hours sitting. This year, corporate wellness has gone beyond weight loss programs or smoking cessation to include more personalized programs set to benefit the employees more. Here are the top wellness programs employees need to know about in 2018.
1. Personalized Healthcare
Establishing a corporate wellness program, while a worthy investment, demands significant effort. One of the trending wellness programs this year is personalized healthcare. Wellness committees have actuated healthcare packages that are tailored to each employee’s needs. By doing so, organizations ensure that their employees are more engaged, which translates to higher productivity.
2. Corporate Fitness Challenges
A corporate fitness challenge is a wellness program that has trickled down to 2018 and is expected to go beyond. This program promotes fitness by engaging employees in various physical activities. Employees have embraced this initiative to the extent that they now come up with ideas for the activities they should partake in every year. Mostly, corporate challenges involve either a company field day or organized sports events where employees form teams and engage in different competitions.
3. Fitness Classes in the Office
Another method companies are using to implement a wellness program is delivering an onsite fitness class for their employees. Exercising regularly lowers stress levels which translates to higher productivity. Holding fitness classes also presents an opportunity to teach proper workout techniques to employees who don’t know how to go about various exercises. Proper exercise ensures that organizations have a healthy workforce. Moreover, onsite fitness classes ensure that employees receive regular exercise at a convenient location.
4. Promoting Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
This year, corporations are adopting an Employee Assistance Program so that employees can make use of the services provided. When employees are dealing with personal stress combined with work pressure, their productivity declines. Promote your company’s EAP services to help your employees persevere. Getting the necessary help creates a happy and healthy workforce, and the company’s productivity will improve a great deal.
5. Focusing on Sleep
Findings of a 2016 study by the RAND Corporation indicated that lack of sleep costs employers in United States about $411 billion each year. Moreover, sleep deprivation increases the risk of mortality and reduces productivity levels. In 2018, employers have discovered the essence of getting enough sleep, naturally resulting in higher production levels. Some organizations have aligned their operations to help their employees get adequate rest by bringing in sleep pods and nap rooms into work environment.
6. Discounts for Healthy Foods at the Office
The food that people eat contributes a lot to their health and well-being. This year, companies have taken initiative to provide discounts for healthy foods that sold at the office. Healthy and organic foods are generally priced higher compared to other foods. However, employers have opted to offer discounts on healthy meals sold in the cafeteria to motivate employees to make healthier lifestyle choices.
View our series on Workspace Wellness for more tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle at the workplace.