Keeping your mind and body healthy is essential to being productive and enjoying work. Encouraging your employees to stay healthy will make your entire workplace a more productive and happy place. Here are a few important healthy habits you can focus on to make your company a healthier place:
Get More Sleep
Though it may seem more productive to wake up early or stay up late to get work done, it can actually be harmful to your long-term health. Adults are supposed to get 8 hours of sleep each night; any less can damage your health. Of course, there are circumstances where getting enough sleep just isn’t possible, but your default should be to get plenty of sleep. Encourage your employees to do the same by maintaining consistent schedules so employees can easily plan for and prioritize sleep.
Being “on” all the time isn’t healthy for anyone. Having scheduled downtime in your daily life can be a big help for your mental and physical health. Productive downtime, like meditating or doing a calming activity you enjoy, can be even more beneficial. You should also have breaks during your workday when possible. Even something as simple as a quick walk away from your work area can boost your brain function. Invite your employees to take brief breaks and to take the full time for meal breaks.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine”. It turns out that phrase holds more truth to it than you thought. Laughing releases endorphins and helps reduce stress and blood pressure. If you laugh it will improve your long-term health and happiness. Share funny (work appropriate) videos or jokes with your employees to spread the laughter and keep employees healthy.
Encouraging employees to stay healthy will create a more happy and productive work environment. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your workforce to be healthier, download our Wellness Program Employer Guide by clicking the button below.Download Guide