Creating a Health-Conscious Corporate Culture: Tips for Employers
As we always discuss, business culture is very important. But what is business culture, and how can we create or form it? Every business and firm has its own unique culture, which is formed by a mix of its owners, leaders, management style, and the people working there. A business’s values and priorities also impact the work culture.
All these factors combine to form a company’s day to day environment—its work culture. But what is health-conscious work culture? It’s a culture where employees feel supported and comfortable looking for healthier options. The workplace also follows healthy choices as a matter of policy.
Being in a culture that is focused on health allows people to modify their behaviour and make healthier choices. Amending behaviour, especially to adopt better habits, is usually very difficult, and it is nearly impossible if there isn’t an adequate support system around us.
Being supported usually encourages people hesitant to change to make the shift towards healthier habits. Having a health-conscious culture is not about forcing people. Instead, it is about guiding them towards healthier options by offering them better opportunities. People finding it difficult to change also find it easier since they have a support system around them of others also adopting the same or similar habits.
Any business that values the health and wellness of its employees is poised for success. When people are healthy, they are happier, more energetic, creative, and innovative. A wellness program (or improving one already in existence) is a great way to improve workers’ quality of life while increasing productivity.
Every employee in a company is one part of the overall picture, and too many missing employees means the complete image is distorted. Having a health-conscious culture can improve wellness, health, and happiness in employees’ personal and professional lives. Enhancing human connections between staff and managers is essential to enable such a culture. Employee health needs to be valued, supported and promoted in an organization as a matter of policy. This means the environment and tools needed to make connections must be readily available.
Easy Tips for Employers
Create Space for Exercise
This could be a room with exercise equipment or an open hallway for walking meetings or calls. The goal is to encourage people to keep moving about. An open courtyard is perfect for taking in the sun while working on a project or even praying.
A walking path with distance markers, even if it’s in a boring office building, can inspire people to go a little further. If finances make it possible, offer employees an incentive to join their local gyms and swim clubs.
Give People the Opportunity to Stretch.
More important than having lots of equipment and facilities is to allow people the freedom to move about. Employees need to take mental and physical breaks. Encourage people to get up for a quick walk to stretch their limbs at least once every hour or two. Make a culture of walking meetings or brainstorming sessions so people get used to it.
Give Healthier Food and Drink Options.
It is very convenient and easy to go to the vending machine at two or three in the afternoon for a sugary snack to fight the afternoon slump. Avoid having unhealthy options available for employees. This means avoiding high-fat foods for meetings and offering healthier options. The company or building cafeteria also needs to be onboarded to offer healthy and good choices in the company cafeterias or when food is ordered.
For more in-depth information about healthy eating, visit our blog: The Role of Nutrition in Employee Wellness: Tips for Healthy Eating at Work
Understand and Highlight the Importance of Sleep.
Lack of proper sleep can make people more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases. Employees should not be encouraged to work sixteen-hour days and return to work in the morning. While this can be done for urgent projects, it shouldn’t be encouraged on a regular basis.
The Group That Works Together Can Motivate Each Other
Having a health-conscious approach means working for both mental and physical health.
When leaders take the initiative to value wellness, their employees and clients will notice. Leadership that is in tune with workers’ needs is desperately needed today. When everyone works together, inspiration and motivation will make any organization stronger.
Invest in Wellness Programs
While this sounds like an expensive suggestion, it doesn’t have to be. A comprehensive employee wellness program is key to improving employees’ physical and mental health. Wellness programs can be low-cost and effective tools for positively impacting job performance and satisfaction.
Wellness programs can offer employees resources and tools to help them improve their physical and mental health.
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A health-focused organizational culture enhances employee motivation, experience, productivity, and loyalty. When the work culture in your organization is favourable, your employee’s health and outlook improve and boost your business too.
Developing a health-conscious corporate culture offers multiple benefits for both employers and employees. Employers can improve their employees’ health and well-being by encouraging healthy habits and increasing productivity and job satisfaction.
Developing a culture of health in the workplace takes a concentrated effort, but the rewards are worth it. Employers who prioritize the health and well-being of their employees will ultimately benefit from a healthier and more engaged workforce.
I hope these tips help you develop some insight into building a health-conscious work culture. We believe that having a growing and successful business also means having a happy and productive workplace for your employees.
Sadia Zaheer holds a Masters in Business Administration from IBA, Karachi. After working in several financial institutions in Client Management, Corporate Lending, Islamic Banking and Product Management she jumped careers to pursue a career in writing.
She is a Finance, Business and HR Development writer with four years of experience. She reads a lot and takes care of her multiple cats to remain calm.