More and more of our clients are offering key health benefits included in their packages and this is becoming a key selling point to candidates when briefing them on new roles.
Most of us have our own fitness and health goals, and while it can be different for each person, a healthy workforce can mean a more productive team. A study conducted by the University of Warwick measured the effects of happiness and wellness on productivity. The individuals that were identified as being happy had approximately 12% greater productivity. Employers are recognising this and incorporating extra health benefits into their packages. In addition, organisations stand to make substantial cost savings by promoting health in the workplace and reducing sickness absence.
One of the most positive ways to reduce stress is exercise, employees who eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis are less at risk of being sick and taking days off work. Some of our key clients Boohoo.com and Pretty Thing have onsite gyms so this encourages employees to take advantage of this regularly, other businesses offer substantial discounts with local gyms. Along with offering these great facilities and gym discounts other companies encourage healthy eating by offering fresh juice bars within their canteens or discounts at healthy eating cafes or restaurants.
The social media giant Twitter encourages its 1,000 employees at the San Francisco Headquarters to stay healthy by offering onsite yoga, Pilates, Wing Chun Kung Fu and CrossFit classes. Onsite massages and acupuncture sessions are also available for a fee. “The attitude and energy we all bring to work is so important to our culture,” says Amy Obana, HR and Wellness program manager. “But such energy can make us susceptible to fatigue and burnout. Twitter aims to avoid this by offering diverse fitness and wellness programs to encourage renewal so that as employees we can manage our energy better and get more done in a sustainable way.
When you exercise, you boost your self-efficacy, confidence that you have that you can get things done. People with high self-efficacy are more likely to face the various takes to be met in the day.
It’s also proven that exercise releases stress, so the less stress you feel the more productive and enjoyable you will find your working environment!
If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Rachel Greene here about the roles we are currently working with.