When I consider many of the perks that large companies offer their employees I naturally start to add up the associated expenses in my head (a curse of the business mind). Some of our local companies in SLO offer healthy meals for the employees, exercise balls instead of chairs and stand-up desks if requested, onsite fitness classes, cash incentives for participation in the company wellness program yadda, yadda, yadda, you get my point. I’m all for spending money on cool programs and gadgets but when it comes down to it – should the health and wellness of employees fall on the shoulders of the employer or is individual health a personal responsibility? Interested in starting to create a healthier organization?
Listen to Nicole’s thoughts on making the healthy choice, the easy choice and be sure to tune in next week for the full interview. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! (Psst! Don’t forget to download the Healthy Breakroom Checklist at the bottom of this post!)
Our workplace culture may not always foster a healthy lifestyle. Constant emails, calls, and meetings can keep us distracted from remembering to eat. We must remember to incorporate healthy foods into our diet in order to fuel our work performance.
Thirty years ago we really didn’t have to worry all that much about exercise. Yes, we knew it was important but for most of us, maintaining a healthy weight was, well, a piece of cake. Pun aside it was so much easier to live a healthier lifestyle both at home and at work. Today, however, it’s a completely different story. Not only are our lifestyles impacting us outside of office hours but our desks and cubicles have now become key culprits to poor health. Here’s why.
A short while ago I was asked to present for one of our communities largest non-profit on the topic of health and creating a life of wellness. Prior to the talk, I questioned why the office wanted to bring in a presenter on such a topic and what they wanted to get out of the experience. The conversation that followed gave me warm fuzzies. Yes, just as a computer nerd gets excited discussing gigabytes, a heat sink, kilobytes, megahertz, and ports; I get very excited ranting about goal-setting, body-fat, striations, and protein to carbohydrate ratios.
‘Tis the season for open-enrollment which means many companies are rethinking health benefits and considering implementing or tweaking their existing wellness program. There are traditional reasons for worksite wellness initiatives such as reduced injuries and absenteeism, improved productivity, lower insurance
Many employers are struggling with the concept of workplace wellness for a number of reasons. At the outset, some employers simply do not feel that they have any responsibility for the health of their employees. They feel that this is