Affordable Wellbeing for a Healthy, Engaged Workplace

Sunnie Lurie, COSE Expert, Advanced Performance, Inc. |

A recent study found that 69% of employees are unengaged at work. This means in your business, it’s possible that more than two out of three of your employees are unengaged, unmotivated, and, likely, unhappy.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why?” Chances are, a big reason behind this dissatisfaction at work could be because your business does not have a workplace wellness program in place. It’s been shown that companies with a healthy work culture support programs that help minimize pressure on employees—be it emotional, economic, or otherwise.

So, now you’re probably asking yourself another question: “How do I go about setting up a workplace wellness program?” Well, the good news is it’s affordable and easier than you might imagine. Allow me to walk you through some of the basics.

Survey your employees

The first place you should start is to take an honest look at your workplace culture. Do you think people are engaged and productive? Or could engagement and productivity be strengthened? If you think it might be time to discuss new cultural strategies to reenergize employees and help them thrive, you might want to consider doing a quick survey of your staff with a brief employee engagement survey. A few questions you should ask include:

  • Question 1: At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  • Question 2: In the last week, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  • Question 3: At work, do my opinions seem to count?

Simple steps

Instituting a workplace wellness program at your business does not have to be complicated. It might be as simple as providing an office treadmill desk with 15- to 30-minute time slots for employees to use during conference calls or creative brainstorming. Or using stand up desks or ergonomic ball chairs to reduce back pain and improve posture. Some other wellness-related practices you might want to institute include:

  • Chair Massage Thursdays with a masseuse in the office for 15-minute sessions per employee to reboot and reduce stress.
  • Stay fit while you sit with stretch and exercise tips to stay limber.
  • Increase use of personal strengths on the job with a program to raise awareness of strengths and talents to enhance occupational wellness.

Ask your employees for ideas as well. Regardless of what you end up doing, the important thing is that you are providing healthy and easy lifestyle changes in your office. Changing the routine also helps reduce burn out and turnover, which brings me to my final point …

Wellness is appealing to employees

By making your business wellness-friendly, you’re also making it appealing to potential employees. Not only will it be easier for you to recruit job candidates, you’ll also likely retain current employees for longer. The new generation of workplace health emphasizes wellbeing of the total person—mind and body. Top talent today expects to work in a healthy environment. And with an estimated 50 million millennials in the workforce who jump jobs more quickly than generations that came before, any edge you can give your own workplace culture is one you should take.

Sunny Lurie, PhD. Is CEO of Advanced Performance, Inc., a firm that helps organizations maximize employee engagement, motivation and performance by promoting organizational wellbeing. She is also a member of COSE’s Expert Network.