August 18, 2015 admin

Workplace wellness: A solution to optimum employee health and productivity

With increased competition at the work place, stress levels of employees have increased over the years. According to the recent survey, about 51% of Indian population has experienced work-related stress over the past year in work place.  The main reason for such high percentage is that the employees are unable to get the release of endorphins – a feel good chemical present in the body – due to lack of physical activities.

Based on the study published in 2014 January issue of Preventing Chronic Disease by Centre of Disease Control, out of 37,626 employees about 25% are reported to be obese. Sedentary lifestyle like sitting in the office for long hours and lack of physical exercise are responsible for obesity. The ill effects of sedentary lifestyle are:

  • Slow flow of electricity in legs
  • Decreased metabolic rates
  • Shutting down of fat-burning enzyme

A workplace wellness program is essential for employees to maintain rigid health for longer and healthier life. It also increases the happiness and productivity levels of employees by way of:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased stamina
  • Increased physical fitness levels
  • Weight reduction

With regard to quality of life, the benefits are:

  • Increased recruitment power
  • Decreased levels of chronic illness
  • Increased employee relation

Different ways of promoting wellness in workplace:

An organization can strategize on various methods to promote wellness in workplace, and it could start with healthy catering sector like displaying an array of healthy fruits and vegetables. A small step might lead to commendable outcomes in the prevention of chronic diseases.

The methods in which we can promote workplace wellness are:

Promote the knowledge of preventive care:

 Construct workshop demonstrations that encourage preventive care, emphasize on the importance of healthy eating and foods that help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Encourage employees to regularly use the gym and also indulge in Yoga and Meditation.

Encourage healthy living awareness in workplace:

Promote the concept of healthy eating habits and also lifestyle health, employers can conduct seminars on stress management, prevention of chronic disease, steps to keep travel sickness at bay and so on.

Build a healthy workplace environ:

A work environment with healthy nutrition and exercise facilities is not sufficient to create a completely healthy work atmosphere. There will be a section of employees, who engage in unhealthy habits such as usage of drugs and tobacco smoking that is detrimental to health, and there are also some employees who indulge in unhealthy eating habits. Bearing all these factors in mind, seminars on weight management, stress reduction and tobacco cessation will be highly beneficial.

There has been a decrease in quality of life over the years contributed mainly by competition in the work place, long working hours, lack of physical activities and increased costs of living, which in turn increases the stress levels of employees. Wellness programs that contribute to both mental and physical well-being are essential to strengthen the productivity levels. Nowadays most companies are equipped with gym, indoor sports facilities, meditation and yoga centers, etc. which helps the employees to physically engage in such activities during work hours. Moreover, it would be more beneficial if a team of healthcare experts are present to monitor the stress levels of employees periodically and offer stress reduction packages.

There has been a decrease in quality of life over the years contributed mainly by competition in the work place, long working hours, lack of physical activities and increased costs of living, which in turn increases the stress levels of employees. Wellness programs that contribute to both mental and physical well-being are essential to strengthen the productivity levels. Nowadays most companies are equipped with gym, indoor sports facilities, meditation and yoga centers, etc. which helps the employees to physically engage in such activities during work hours. Moreover, it would be more beneficial if a team of healthcare experts are present to monitor the stress levels of employees periodically and offer stress reduction packages.

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