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The Importance of Employee Wellness

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As employers, it seems sometimes we fail our employees when it comes to health and wellness. Even if you are offering healthcare to your staff, you may be missing out on the most essential part of your employee's health: wellness. While it is important to have healthcare coverage to treat illness, it is equally important to ensure a healthy lifestyle and natural ways to reduce stress at work. The latter of the two tends to be a bit cheaper and better for your overall health, mentally and physically. If you don't currently have a wellness plan in place you should consider developing, here's why.

Wellness Programs Produce Healthier Employees

Even if your wellness program focuses on reducing stress, you are creating a healthier workforce by doing so. Stress has both emotional symptoms as well as physical symptoms. If you notice your employees suddenly avoiding others, becoming easily agitated, or feeling overwhelmed, these may be emotional symptoms of stress. If you see low energy, they complain of frequent headaches or frequent sickness; these are physical symptoms of stress. When your employees learn to control and reduce their stress, they require fewer sick days and experience better overall health. 

Wellness Programs Create a Sense of Community

Think back to the last time you made a major lifestyle change. Maybe you quit smoking, decided to cut out that late-night snack, or incorporate walking into your lunch break; did you have someone there to keep you accountable and motivated? When you introduce a wellness plan to your employees, it becomes a team effort to stay healthy. Suddenly colleagues are working together to keep one another on track, encouraging those mid-afternoon walks and working together to reduce stress and make healthier lifestyle choices. The benefits of this go well beyond physical health.

Wellness Programs Help You Manage Your Work

A big part of being a productive member of a team is knowing how to balance your work. Wellness programs should also encourage mental breaks to 're-charge your brain and yep, you guessed it, reduce stress. Learning to manage stress can be a game-changer when it comes to getting work done more efficiently. The employer benefits of a wellness program are pretty obvious when you look at the potential of increasing your employee productivity and engagement. As for the employee benefits, those speak for themselves. 

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