Intundla is a popular conference and team building venue near Pretoria. Probably because of our location and bush setting overlooking a stunning dam, together with good service, great food, etc. And because of this we see and meet many groups of people coming from various companies and different backgrounds. The one thing we've seen surfacing is the term Corporate Wellness.
If you are thinking that Corporate Wellness is just a soft issue that you will address once you have more time, more money, or more real problems .. then think again! Corporate wellness is now more important than ever and you could be saving (and making) your company a lot of money.
What is Corporate Wellness?
Corporate Wellness is an investment a company makes in their employees by creating an environment that induces a healthier, happier employee and a more relaxed workplace. The aim for corporate wellness is to improve the overall productivity, health and morale of staff, while reducing stress levels in the workplace. All together healthier, happier, active, productive people working together. Isn't this how it’s supposed to be?
Business outcomes could include lower absenteeism, higher job satisfaction, which means greater work productivity, and in turn leads to better employee retention, and lower health care costs.
So now that you know what corporate wellness is and how you can benefit from it, how can you achieve this?
To start there are a couple of things you need:
As with everything you need a plan of action.
You need a program that is both simple and practical.
You’re work environment needs to be shifted towards a health-conscious workplace.
Your wellness program needs to be holistic and incorporated into the work structure.
The wellness program needs to offer education as well as lifestyle support.
Once you've created an environment where healthy and happy is key, people will move towards appreciating themselves, and striving to become the best they can be will be a natural follow-on from that. Everyone benefits, and a healthier, happier employee means a happy, healthy company.