As the CEO of WriterGirl, I work to create an environment that fosters creativity, kindness and engagement. And wellness is a key part of that.
I believe that happy, healthy employees contribute directly to your bottom line, and apparently I’m not alone. Not only is there data to support this belief, but there’s even a book about it.
WriterGirl is a small business, so our approach to wellness might be a bit different than a larger organization. But the intention is the same: Provide a healthy work environment by providing opportunities to be healthy.
Besides offering healthcare, there are other tangible ways to demonstrate that your employees’ wellness is important to the organization.
Walk away from your desk
Every employee at WriterGirl has a FitBit (even Tory Burch is offering accessories!). We’ll be adding some internal competitions and programs to encourage everyone to not only use them, but also to up their activity level. Your employees will be better off if they’re not sitting around at their desks all day.
Several Fortune 500 companies encourage employees to practice meditation and mindfulness. Why? It’s been shown that meditation increases focus, efficiency, inner peace and improved health.
If you’re a beginner, Headspace is a fantastic app that offers a free 10-day membership. For that, you get 10 days of 10-minute meditations that teach those new to meditation how to do it and how to start a practice. In addition, Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra do several free 21-day meditation series a year.
Even if you’re reluctant to endorse meditation, encouraging your employees to simply take five minutes in the morning to sit quietly will create the same results. Provide encouragement to employees to slow down and give their minds a chance to be quiet. According to Scientific American, research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity. And these are all things that contribute directly to your bottom line.
What does your organization do to encourage wellness in their employees? We’d love to hear from you.