How Health and Well-being Affects Small Businesses
Research studies at the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways indicate that employees who ate healthy meals and exercised regularly showed higher job performance and lower absenteeism. Workers who maintained a healthy diet throughout the day were 25% more likely to perform better on the job. Those that exercised for at least 30 minutes three times a week were 15% more likely to be more productive at work.
Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways, noted that well-being is gaining recognition as an important measure that relates not only to the quality of life for the individual but also to financial measures that are important to businesses. This is seen in the direct correlation between the health and well-being of employees and employee absence and job performance. The study was based on data collected from geographically dispersed US companies and was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. What does this mean for small business owners? It means that through working with their employees to create a healthy lifestyle in and out of the workplace, you can improve not only the quality of life of those involved in your business, but the productivity of their roles in the workplace as well.
What are some ways that you can inspire a more active lifestyle in your small business? One way to get your employees to participate in healthy activities is through organizing them around the workplace. In fact, you can often combine physical activity with a positive social message through participation in fund raising walks and runs that benefit a good cause. By participating as a business team, you can get your employees in an active frame of mind while bringing your business positive recognition as well. Group participation in organized activities such as yoga or stretching, intramural sports teams or jogging can help coworkers bond.
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