Use the stairs, quit the pies
Focusing on the health and wellness of staff members puts any business in a much better position all round. Patricia Moore reports on the workplace wellness phenomenon and the benefits for business.
Workplace wellness is not a new concept. However, it’s uncharted territory for many business owners and managers. But before you dismiss it as a bit ‘flakey’ or ‘new-agey’, consider the impact of un-wellness; diabetes, heart disease, stress and fatigue are just some of the problems reckoned to cost New Zealand businesses millions of dollars annually.
What is wellness?
Giving employees the opportunity to ‘brand’ a programme increases engagement. Have them create a name and logo, suggests Peter Tynan, Southern Cross chief executive, health insurance. “This gives a sense of ownership and heightens the presence of the programme within the business.” Forming a wellness committee of respected and influential employees, from various parts and levels of an organisation, to champion any health interventions, can also help increase participation, he says.
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