Corporate Wellbeing has been a buzz word for many years and many companies just skim over the basics to tick a box on their company profile while other companies take it very seriously and really implement a plan that increases the true wellbeing of their employees.
The main reasons we feel a health and wellbeing program should be embedded into the culture of a company is that it really does increase the productivity of the company, lessens sick days and duvet days, decreases stress levels so “Burn Out” is preventable which in turn is a nurturing and motivation factor that helps with staff retention and positive company culture.
The main pillars that need to be looked at are Nutrition, Exercise, Work/Life Balance and Mindfulness with sub categories of sleep, motivation and self-development, meditation and fit living in general.
Pillar 1 - Nutrition
57% of UK women are now over-weight whilst 67% of UK men are now over-weight, up from 48% for women and 57% for men just 10 years ago!
For simple tips on Nutrition please take a look at a previous Blogs 10 Steps to becoming a High Performance Athlete.
Pillar 2 – Exercise
Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It's essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.
It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
Please take a look at previous blogs that can help inspire you to get started or crease what you’re currently doing.
Pillar 3 – Work/Life Balance
Whilst occasional stress is normal for every job, burnouts are certainly not. According to The Help Guide, burnouts occur “when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands”. The negative effects of a burnout impact every area of your life, including your personal and social life. Work life balance is important as it allows you to separate work and home, meaning that the stress of work should stay at work, and not follow you outside of office hours. Allowing work stress to infiltrate your home life is one of the primary indicators that you are not achieving a work life balance.
Please take a look at our previous blogs that can inspire your to change your routine for an easier more balanced work life schedule.
Pillar 4 – Mindfulness
Mental health problems at work are common. At least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression according to the charity MIND.
You might not be talking about it, because mental health is still a taboo subject. And many people feel scared and confused about confronting the issue at work. But there are small, simple steps you can take to look after yourself and make your workplace mentally healthier.
Here’s a few previous blogs that can help.
There are many statistics that support the implementation of a corporate wellbeing program within any company whether it being a start-up with 1-5 employees to a global brand with thousands of employees some facts are staged above in each pillar which under writes one main fact that we as Britons spend a total of 12 years at work during our lifetimes, and 15 months of that will be over and above regular contracted hours.
But for the equivalent of four years, we will be talking on the phone at the office, say researchers at London Metropolitan University.
So in my mind, whey not enjoy every minute of your career and take care of yourself during this time so we can also enjoy our lives which we cherish with our families and friends.