Over the summer on the B2B Hour we’ve been taking a closer look at embracing what we call a ‘wellness mindset’. All for the purpose of self-care and to achieve professional success. As it turns out, success isn’t limited to people; encouraging your employees to get up, get moving and practice self-care, not only brings physical health but also promotes a healthy business.
Studies support that employees experience higher job satisfaction when they are engaged and feel valued. Such as Johnson & Johnson, who decided to see if their wellness programs were paying off after learning two-thirds of their workforce had stopped smoking and became more physically active. In the end, they found a savings of $250 million on health care costs and an ROI of $2.71 for every dollar spent.
To urge this truth, B2B Hour has made time to talk with experts in the field. Where together each guest brings their own level of experience and diverse ideas on the topic of wellness and the influence it has on improving the health of businesses.
Workplace Wellness Culture
ViREO Life owner Sheri Traxler, sees Corporate Wellness as the next major benefit companies can offer in an increasingly competitive job field. As companies realize they have to go above and beyond to show employees they are valued, they’re asking themselves questions like ‘how are we going to attract new people to come in and how are we going to keep the people that we have from bouncing around?’ Sheri says it’s as simple as cultivating a workplace wellness culture.
Quality and quantity of work, both go up whenever you are engaging and exercising a wellness culture in your workplace. Between having healthier and happier employees and seeing a rise in productivity and profits, it’s hard to find a reason not to invest in wellness program options. If you’re unsure of why you should be considering some type of wellness program in your workplace consider lowered healthcare costs and employee productivity.
Posture & the 20-20-20 Rule
Physical Therapist, Stefan Zavalin who launched the Love to Move, Move to Love program, points to the habits of the culture in your posture and how your desk setup can hugely impact the way you sit at your desk. Acknowledging that “there’s no such thing as good or bad posture,” he also addresses that staying in postures for long periods of time is where the damage is found–such as the usual posture of us rounded forward. Then he builds a positive mindset by embracing the power of simple and regular movement. Stefan also gives a tip on how to avoid eye distress by using the 20-20-20 rule where every 20 minutes you should look at least 20 plus feet away from your desk for twenty minutes. This allows the eye muscles to relax and avoid the eye strain that people get when working in the office.
Physical Therapist Dr. Lance Knaub, Aauthor of The 4% Break-Thru provides simple yet actionable ideas that are proven by science studies. He suggest we consider standing desks because it’s been found, “the addition of a standing desk can help your caloric expenditure and you can actually earn the equivalent of five additional pounds over just sitting.” Though, wellness doesn’t stop at standing; he also notes powerful research revealing, “employers and supervisors who use humor have more engaged and more productive team members by as much as 50%.” Essentially supporting that laughter and humor also contribute to a healthier work atmosphere.
Embracing a wellness mindset is so effective that it yields results no matter the size of your company. And that’s because wellness programs that are successful are built around keeping employees in focus—which is something easy to scale. Overall, investing in yourself equates to investing in your business, and you can do that by applying any or all of these tips to your daily work habits.
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