Episode 59 – Why Your Company Needs a Sustainable Health and Fitness Program
Employees are the most important part of any organization.
Without your people, the core purpose of the organization cannot be delivered – even with A.I. on the horizon. For people to be engaged and truly enjoy their job, they need to be healthy – mentally and physically – holistically.
Let’s check out the most important reasons you need to build a sustainable wellness program in your workplace:
1. Power your Productivity
Illness or disease in workplace means illness and disease for your workplace productivity. Simple. Short-term illnesses (colds, viruses, etc.) and long-term / chronic illnesses (diabetes, obesity, heart problems, cancer, etc.) will negatively affect your organization. Clearly, if an employee is absent, they cannot deliver the value they need to provide – particularly if that person is a highly skilled worker. Notwithstanding, absenteeism can also affect the production line as well by putting a hole in your total manpower.
Similarly, “presenteeism” or, the disengagement of otherwise talented staff will punish your organization as well. If your staff do attend work but are not fully engaged in their job, the quality will not be there. It’s quite simple, if you’re not excited about work, you won’t do your best – even with a good paycheck and benefits. A business needs to show that it cares about its people. For those of you at the top of your organization, taking care of business means taking care of its employees. This can come in the form of health and nutrition sessions, counseling and motivational sessions, financial guidance, mentorship or any program that creates a supportive environment.
What to do:
Implement a needs assessment in your workplace today to see what your staff needs to be better and feel more valued.
2. More profits
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is a saying that rings true when it comes to any organization. A sustainable health and fitness program would allow an improvement in collective work produced by your team. If each employee is healthy enough to produce beyond what is expected, the collective work becomes even greater, and the value created by the organization increases.
- For a service-based business this is particularly important because it allows for higher quality work. With high quality work and a professional reputation comes increased demand, bigger margins and higher revenue. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
- If you’re manufacturing a product, more products made in the same period of time than previous efforts means being able to grow faster, again creating higher revenue opportunities.
In any business, better work and more work produced at scale (and faster) translates to more profits for your bottom line.
What to look for:
Identify skills gaps and provide soft skill courses to bridge that gap. It may be beyond health and fitness such as, organization and decision making skills, “time management” and even communication and leadership.
Why else do we need a wellness program in our workplace? Read on.
3. Attract better talent
Globalization and online recruitment platforms make it easier for people to find jobs – giving individuals access to greater career choice.
Salary and job titles and responsibilities become less of a priority and other factors such as, workplace culture and environment – particularly if a company looks after its employees – become the focal point. If you had a choice between two companies with similar salary and positions but one had a better workplace culture that supported health and fitness, you’d choose the one with the healthy workplace culture – this is simply moving up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
By showing that an organization cares for its work community through providing a sustainable wellness program, your company could gain a better recruitment pipeline with higher quality applicants. Better hires would in turn, create more value for your organization. Simultaneously, people already employed by your company would have more incentive to stay than to move jobs. This means you wouldn’t have to spend more money on advertising jobs, recruiting people, and training new hires over and over and over again.
Instead of using celebrities (which is tacky) to promote your organization promote the WIIFMs. WIIFM (or what’s in it for me) attributes may be simply your health and fitness program, your community culture values and even environment setups like internal gym, 24 hour access to doctors and nurses and elite level mentors with proven success.
Add value today!
The real value of any organization will always be its people. Like the vital organs of your body, the core of any business comes from its innermost units – its individuals. Look after them, and they will look after you. Power your productivity, build profits and attract better talent by investing in a sustainable wellness program for your organization.
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.
Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.