Corporate Wellness means Success for Everyone

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.

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How to get the most from your Employees

At Intundla Conference Venue near Pretoria, Gauteng we are often complimented on our staff, and how everyone working here are happy and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. But that is not always the case in a business and sometimes the people who work at a company can be the company’s downfall. This does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the people who work there, but often with how they are treated and how they feel about their jobs and their potential for growth within the company.

So how do you get the most from the people who are supposed to be your greatest asset – the face of your company – the people who represent what you stand for as a company – your employees?

Make sure you have clear objectives and goals for your employees

No one can achieve goals that are fuzzy and objectives that are not clearly stipulated. People thrive on achievement, and by reaching for clear goals it becomes a lot more attainable. The next thing you have to remember is that the employee must agree to the goals you set for them. Employers and Team Leaders often make the mistake of having expectations that are unrealistic – the commitment of your employee is not directly related to how much they sacrifice for your company but rather to their commitment to reaching the goals and objectives that they’ve agreed upon. Besides the company objectives, your employees also need to have their own personal goals. Even if you have nothing to gain by their personal goals, they are just as important to you, because they create a more wholesome person.

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Have open Communication

“The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” ~ Sir Richard Branson

It is vital for the health of your company to have good communication between employer and employees as well as between team members. Employees will feel more valued if they know that they can come to you about any problem, and also if you don’t just come to them when there is a problem! Be transparent in your communication but moreover be authentic. People relate better to others when they seem real, open and straightforward as opposed to when you have a feeling about someone that you just can’t get a grip on them. Good communication will also aid accountability, you’re more likely to commit to a goal when you’re accountable to someone. Healthy communication also builds trust and makes it easier to discuss things when problems do arise. Another way to get more commitment from your employees is to be empathetic. Get to know them. Show you care.

And of course it won’t do any harm to throw in a couple of luxuries or perquisites. Every job should come with some perks. The equation is simple, a happy employee = happy customer.

Related article: How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference


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