At one of the largest and most successful companies in the world – Google – it is well known that the health and wellness of their employees is a natural part of the way that they do business. They provide a workplace that incorporates health and wellness as a part of their employees’ workday, with excellent results.
Unfortunately, many companies forget this very important aspect of their roles as employers – the health of their employees, and the results show that it does nothing for their businesses. If employers really did the calculations about where all of the money trickles away to, they would likely make the health and fitness of their employees an important part of their business model. Here’s why:
Give Us a Smile
If you aren’t feeling well, the last thing you want to be doing is dragging yourself to work. Feeling healthy makes people feel happier, and happy employees make for happy customers, no matter in which field of work. People who are happy are more likely to do their job well and they will go the extra mile to ensure that their clients are happy as well. The general morale of the company is higher when its employees are in good health, which contributes positively to the bottom line.
Health and fitness gives you the power to bounce through life, whether that be in your work or play. People who feel good in themselves put in a lot more effort into their work because they have the energy to do so. People who are sick or not feeling physically fit will take longer to complete tasks because ‘their hearts are not in it’.
Fewer Sick Days
Here are two different scenarios… In the first one, the person feels a little unwell, and is struggling to muster the enthusiasm or energy to go to work because they aren’t really happy at work anyway and would rather spend the day hiding in bed. In the second, the person is feeling a little unwell, but is looking forward to hitting the gym after work, so they head to work anyway, with this in mind. The health and fitness of employees directly correlates to the number of sick days that they need to take off work.
The general enthusiasm of a workplace is a lot higher where the employees are actively engaged in their own health and fitness. Playing a sport, or taking care of your health requires you to be quite self-directed and having that relationship with yourself where you are powered by your own choices makes for general enthusiasm for life.