Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce: 5 Wellness Ideas for Businesses
Whether your team is working from home or in the office, whether you are a business of one or a hundred and one, caring and devoting time to well-being is becoming increasingly important. Stress levels because of what is happening in the world around us are increasing. You may not even be aware of the external stress a person is under.
Ensuring you create an atmosphere where well-being is emphasized and prioritized is essential for successful performance. Stressed employees make more mistakes and have trouble making good decisions.
If your team is working from home, encourage them to go outside for your next meeting. Ideally, they could walk and exercise with you, but if not, encourage them to take the meeting outside (or if the weather isn’t right, encourage them to try a new place away from their office). A change of scenery can be a pleasant stimulant and stimulate conversation before the call.
Create your own 8 hour sleep challenge where you ask employees to track their sleep and challenge them to get 8 hours of rest each night. Deduct points if someone sends an email late at night. Reward them at the end for those who improved their sleep.
Most people have a competitive side. If a sleep challenge isn’t working for your group, challenge them to do something else, like a movement challenge, to become more active.
Whether you’re bringing in a masseuse or someone to talk about making mental health a priority, a professional stress reliever is a good idea to make sure everyone has coping mechanisms in place when things go wrong. become stressful or feel overwhelmed.
If your employees face the public, they could be under a lot of stress and not always be treated well. Make sure they know you have their back. While you never want a customer to be verbally abused by an employee, neither should your staff. Make sure they know that while customers should be treated with respect, it’s a two-way street.
Many people come to work when they are sick because they need money or because they feel like no one is doing their job while they are away. The thought of the pile of work that awaits them when they return makes vacation seem like a burden and a generator of stress.
You can talk wellness all day, but if a sick person feels unable to take time off to recover, you run the risk of increased stress prolonging recovery, not to mention their contagion infecting your team. Make sure everyone in your business has a backup person for their jobs or at least for the most urgent part of what they do. If someone comes in with an obvious illness, send them home. Don’t make them feel like their health is secondary to work. This won’t end well for you two.
If you want your team to be more productive, you need to make wellness a priority. It doesn’t happen just by saying it’s true. You must lead by example by showing that well-being is also a priority for you.
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