How to help keep employees fit

Yes, you may stock an office supply of tissues, pain relievers, bandaids, and hand sanitizers, making them readily available to your employees. But that’s not the same as helping them keep fit and healthy!

Chicken soup isn’t the answer, either.

Remember, healthy employees are not only productive employees. Healthy employees lower health-care costs and reduce absenteeism — two bottom-line bonuses for your company!

What can you do to help keep your employees fit? Here are some ideas:

  • Flu season is on the way. Why not arrange for free on-site flu shots for your employees?
  • Are there employee health and wellness programs available through your insurance carrier? If so, make sure your employees are aware of them.
  • Start your own workplace wellness program using these 5 ideas from the Entrepreneur website. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and doesn’t have to break the budget.
  • Consider reimbursing or somehow rewarding employees enrolled in outside weight loss, smoking cessation or exercise programs.
  • Organize an employee bowling or softball league, a “Biggest Loser” competition, or a walking group.
  • How about holding a wellness fair? If your company is small, piggy-back with other companies in your vicinity and stagger attendance.
  • Look into non-traditional resources. Programs like the Instant Recess® Tool Kit can get your employees up and moving, and apps like Hotseat integrate short activity breaks into the workday.

Making your employees aware that you are concerned about their health and fitness is a good start to making sure it happens!

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