Thriving employees are the backbone of every business, big or small. Employers have become increasingly invested in the health of their workers, and with good reason. The more conscientious and comprehensive the office design and employee health policy, the more your business outperforms those who don’t subscribe to employee well-being standards.
Loyalty and job satisfaction lower turnover ratios. Healthier environments reduce absenteeism and the spread of germs. When employee health is considered from a multitude of angles, everybody benefits. So how can you design your business around promoting the healthiest workforce possible?
A common perk for the last decade or more has been an on-site gym or supplementing a gym membership, but employers can do more. According to the WELL Building Standard, employees who move throughout the day are healthier than those who don’t. Sitting burns 50 fewer calories per hour than standing. Longer-term studies are showing people who sit for more than 3 hours per day have a lower life expectancy.
The more conscientious and comprehensive the office design and employee health policy, the more your business outperforms those who don’t subscribe to employee well-being standards.
The solutions really aren’t that difficult to implement. Aside from allowing employees to take breaks as necessary to get up for a short walk, employers can invest in sit-stand desks. The beauty of these is employees are still actively working while getting in some much-needed movement. If you want to take it to the next level, consider a treadmill desk, a bike desk, or even an under-the-desk elliptical machine for employees who want to exert more energy throughout the day.