You may be judged on whether you offer a employee wellness; are you prepared?
As wellness becomes more of a must have, we look at what employee wellness factors you need to be considering right now.
1) Get more sleep
Adults need 7-8 hours per night for optimal performance. Current trends suggest that 30% of western adults get less than 6-hours sleep.
Consider not only the total time in bed but also the quality of sleep. The expression ‘tired and wired’ seems apt. Many people suffer from low energy during the day but feel wide awake when lying in bed.
Poor sleep may be due to any number of reasons, such as nutrient timing, high caffeine intake, anxiety, stress, too much work, etc.
As an employer, it would be wise to encourage sleep and rest, perhaps via a formal education which we include in our wellness programmes.
The benefits of sleep include but are not limited to; better mood, memory, clarity, attention, decision making, hormonal balance, weight management, and vigour. A must for all employees!
Finally, if you use a sleep tracker, don’t obsess about broken sleep. It is quite normal to sleep in blocks of deep and light sleep, waking in-between.
2) Stay ahead of regulations
There are suggestions and regulations regarding employee wellness coming into play more and more frequently. Are you up-to-date? Rules may vary from things like access to natural light, the ratio of showers: employees, cycle storage and timing and frequency of moving away from the desk.
Occupational health is highly governed; for example manual handling training or office ergonomics. It is now time we future proof for the workplace for best wellness practice too. Wellness London can help you plan for such; contact us today to find out more.
GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) have reported the growing emphasis on considering health and wellbeing when building an office or renovating from the ground up. Soon you will be marked on whether you offer a wellness programme or not.
3) Embrace Technology
In this day and age, there are so many ways to encourage health and wellbeing through technology.
Two of our favourite tools to improve health and wellness would be:
These will help control employee social media addiction, and f.lux can genuinely improve sleep quality and eye health.
As an employer, you may want to consider blocking adverts or social media sites for employees, to improve focus and decrease distractions.
Whether you use a Fitbit, Apple Health, or Step Jockey, there are so many tools to measure activity. Just be aware that activity tracking has limitations and that hitting 10,000 steps day is not necessarily a sign of good health.
Perhaps for those wanting to see what happens to productivity through the Pomodoro method (regular, structured breaks in working), why not try http://tomighty.org.
4) Incentivise and reward correctly
Beyond the traditional methods of remuneration; basic pay, bonus, study support, annual leave, etc. there are more creative and efficient ways to support wellbeing.
Corporate gym memberships are nothing new, but what about if you’re not a gym goer and what about complete wellness, not just fitness?
The 2017 City professional is more likely seen on a carbon fibre road bike or sipping coconut water than late nights fuelled by alcohol and excessive fine-dining.
A company should look to boost its corporate social responsibility through encouraging charitable work (paid time off), social events (physical pursuits and challenges) and most importantly; implement wellness services.
Make a point of recognising and rewarding personal achievements (for example highlight if someone’s run their first 5k and lost X amount of weight along the way) via a company wellness newsletter. Wellness London clients find these essential to engaging employees.