Health and wellness are hot topics in today’s culture. They have become an important part of organizational culture as well.
Many people are adjusting their eating, exercise and stress management habits to live a better and longer life. These healthy habits don’t just benefit people’s personal lives, though. They can have a positive impact on their professional lives as well.
More and more organizations are encouraging employees to lead healthier lifestyles by creating wellness programs for everyone to participate in. Whether it’s a full-fledged program with an on-site gym or simpler efforts like a Fitbit competition, group walks at lunch or a midday stretch, organizations can see plenty of benefits when they invest in employees’ well-being.
Here are four reasons why you should consider implementing a wellness program for your organization:
1. Higher rates of retention. When organizations build a culture based around support for employee well-being, studies show that 83 percent of employees enjoy their work more and 91 percent of employees are less likely to leave.
2. Increased productivity. Associates who exercise regularly experience an increase in concentration that helps boost productivity and performance during the workday.
3. Better atmosphere. Developing healthier habits can improve moods and decrease stress. This creates a better working environment that fosters positive relationships and a collaborative culture.
4. More employee engagement. A wellness program can help employees engage and connect more with the organization and people they work with.
A version of this post first appeared on the Tribe Good Company blog.