There are numerous reasons why you may be considering implementing a wellness program into the workday. Improving employee health, which improves employee productivity, is likely at the top of that list. But do you know why employee wellness programs are proven to have these great benefits?
Happiness From Healthier Habits
Forming a new habit is easiest when it is tied to an existing habit. For this reason, employees who participate in wellness programs are much more likely to continue making healthier choices throughout the day. This includes healthier meals, better sleeping habits, and continued exercise at home and on weekends. All of these new healthy habits lead to stronger immune systems and less sick days.
Wellness Programs For The Long Haul
Long-term, participants in employee wellness programs can have better glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. In addition to this, movement strengthens the muscles that protect and support joints. This is especially important for those who have stiffness and arthritis. Conversely, avoiding exercise due to joint pain can actually lead to more pain because muscles become weaker. Companies prioritizing corporate wellness see the health of employees improve in as little as 6 weeks.
Clearer Minds Lead To Clearer Thinking
The amazing effects of employee wellness plans are not simply limited to physical wellness. Depression and anxiety dramatically decrease for employees participating in a wellness program. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals and releases endorphins. These happy hormones relieve pain and combat stress. This makes for a clear thinking and productive team! Furthermore, movement increases blood flow to the brain. This influx of nutrients and oxygen increases cognitive function and helps an employee feel more awake. So instead of over-stocking the break room with coffee to mitigate the 3:00 afternoon energy slump, encourage your employees to move. They will feel refreshed and energized enough to finish the day strong!
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