To Run A #Healthy #Business, You Need Healthy #Employees

fitnessIf you want to run a healthy business, then you need to make sure your employees are in good health too.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can make your employees’ health and fitness a top priority.

With workforce well-being in mind, here are some tips for practicing good health at your business:

Companies Putting Health in the Spotlight

Companies of all sizes are beginning to realize the benefits of a healthy workforce.

As a result, a growing number of U.S. companies are putting employee health and well-being in the spotlight.

They include:

  • Whole Foods Market – As one of the country’s largest health food chains, it’s no surprise Whole Foods treats its employees right. This company gives its employees a stipend to put toward their Health Savings Accounts each year. Each employee also gets up to 30% off health foods and other groceries.
  • Google – Not only does Google have onsite physicians and nurses for all of its employees, it also offers free physical fitness programs to all employees through the company’s onsite gym.
  • Kaiser Permanente – It only makes sense that a healthcare provider keeps its employees healthy. Kaiser Permanente is doing just that by offering its employees healthy eating options at on-site cafeterias as well as getting workers involved in group fitness challenges.

Now that you have an idea of how other companies are keeping their employees healthy and fit, here are a few things your business can do for the health of its employees….

Onsite Fitness

One of the best ways to encourage your employees to stay healthy and fit is by making onsite fitness available.

As the article, “The merits of having a fitness facility on-site” looks at, the possibilities are endless.

Not only will employees feel more energized while at work, they’ll also look forward to exercising before and after work as well as on their lunch breaks.

You don’t need a full-fledged gym at your office to encourage exercise. In fact, a few free weights and en elliptical machine is all that’s needed.

You can even recommend walking paths around the office grounds and encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Extended Lunch Breaks

There’s a good chance your employees want to improve their physical fitness, but they simply don’t have the time.

By offering your workers extended lunch breaks and encouraging them to get out and exercise, your employees will be able to exercise even during the middle of the workweek.

Healthy Eating Options

Whether your business has an employee cafeteria or just a snack machine, it’s important to give your employees access to healthy eating options while at work.

Eating healthy is the first step in leading an active, healthy lifestyle, so make sure you put fresh fruits and whole grain snack bars on the office menu.

Free Screenings and Checkups

A growing number of employers across the country are offering free and reduced rate health screenings and checkups to their employees. If possible, your business should do the same.

Even if the budget is tight, you can contribute a small amount to an employee Health Savings Account each year.

When it comes to employee fitness, keep in mind the healthy pointers mentioned above.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including employee health and well-being.