Corporate Wellness: The Effects On Your Bottom Line
As a business owner or CEO, one of the top goals for your company is to make sure you have a profitable bottom line. If you have employees that drive that bottom line you MUST make sure that each of those employees are performing optimally. In order for your employees to perform optimally their health and wellness needs to be taken seriously. From current health issues, eating habits, life stressors (both in and out of the office) to even how they view themselves, is an essential part of success in the company and one’s productivity in the workplace.
One of the best places to start is with nutrition. There are so many reasons why proper nutrition is essential in the workplace. Just by looking at what someone eats everyday can be a clear indication as to their productivity levels, their energy, and why they find themselves in a slump at 3pm each and every day. Proper nutrition can help alleviate brain fog, fatigue, lethargy and prevent sick days – in the end, improving your bottom line. By making the smallest change to one’s diet, productivity levels can greatly increase, sick days go down and energy levels increase.
Secondly, if someone’s diet is not on track, this can lead to weight gain. Now, I say ‘can’, simply because there are people out there that may not have a weight issue but their eating is terrible, they are lethargic on a daily basis and their brain fog is making them less productive.
If weight gain is the issue, this can deter them from being productive because they are now concentrating on their looks, how uncomfortable it is to sit at a desk all day or even worse, affect their self-esteem walking into a meeting where all eyes are on them. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have dealt with an individual that views themselves as inadequate at work simply because of their weight. This in turn lowers productivity of the individual because of their view of themselves.
Lastly, stress is what greatly impacts all that is listed above. Health issues, eating habits, how one views themselves and what they are taking with them to work on a daily basis all contribute to stress. This can be anything from external issues such as a failing marriage, children, finances, and death of a loved one to stress within the office such as long office hours, disagreements with co-workers or a boss, right down to even the lighting in the office (stress headache). If an employee’s life stressors are not acknowledged and they choose to bottle them up, those stresses will only stay dormant for so long before they start to come out in other ways such as their health or eating habits. From an emotional eating level, this is a very easy place for one to go when they are stressed. Due to the stress, the eating is bad, and when the eating is bad the brain fog kicks in, you become lethargic and fatigued and begin to gain weight. When this is present the productivity at work starts to go down and the company starts to lose.
I think we can all agree that when you don’t feel good, you don’t do good work. There are however things that can be done to prevent a lot of this from happening in your company. Becoming aware of your employees issues is important. Now, this might not be something as an employer that you would want to touch on and hiring someone that is qualified might be much more effective – that is where I come in, work with each employee using a lifestyle assessment and obtaining the right information in order to easily solve or guide an employee in the right direction that is in the best interest for the employee and the employer.
Better management of employee health can lead to improved production, which can create a competitive business advantage and overall better bottom line.
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