It’s December! That means a month full of skipped workout routines, holiday cheer, binge eating and holiday parties. The coming weeks offer a lot of challenges to employers in terms of productivity and focus. And when everybody troops back in the New Year, these challenges are amplified.
Employers know how important it is to have a healthy and engaged workforce. Working towards that is of utmost priority, especially to HR personnel. Why? Because the negative effects of our busy holiday routine can tip-toe its way into work, especially in January!
A Virgin Pulse survey found that employees are 70% more stressed during the holidays. Supporting their mental health and wellbeing has become a growing responsibility – one which gets more hectic over the holiday period. So, what can you do when your employees feel out of tune at the workplace?
Let’s first look at the reasons as to why you should be concerned:
Good nutrition, rest and exercise ultimately leads to improved productivity and reduced healthcare costs. Try it yourself. Go into work after you’ve stuck to a healthy lifestyle for a while, you will naturally feel more energetic and be able to focus better.
The year ends with a lot happening, not just at the workplace but also at home. It can be challenging for employees due to a variety of reasons – financial, family, health worries or levels of stress.
Lack of focus
It goes without saying that the holidays have many distractions around them. The same Virgin Pulse study found 64% of respondents say holiday-related stress caused them to be distracted at work. This ultimately diminishes employees’ quality of work by about the same amount.
Holidays have an impact on the whole organization in terms of bandwidth and time. The folks not on holiday are also expected some of the slack caused by vacationers. This makes for a tough few weeks.
How to promote healthy habits at the workplace during the festive period?
Promoting good health doesn’t have to be a one-off boring activity.
December might be a busy month, but ensuring that your workforce is engaged year-round, should be your top priority. Having a focused engagement effort that identifies the stressors at the workplace and addresses them is important. There are many ways to tackle the holiday blues, we all know the usual – healthy food options, setting up a gym and consultations with nutritionists. Here are some innovative ideas that you can implement to make employee health fun!
Healthy eating ideas:
Ideas for holistic wellness:
Let’s face it – staying healthy is a growing challenge in our fast-paced society. Even though we cannot control what happens at our employee’s homes, we can do our part to make our workplaces healthy and productive. Let’s remember what the holidays are all about – showing appreciation for the hard work done and giving the best gift of all to your employees – good health.
We can help you inculcate healthy habits at your workplace this festive season.
Reach out to us to make a positive return on your wellness program by prioritizing health not just for the festive period, but for the whole of 2019 and beyond!