Create an environment that promotes health and reduces stress
When you walk into someone’s home, you get a real sense of what they’re like – what books they read, their taste furniture and what kind of artwork and photos they enjoy. Take me for example: wellness and spirituality are major parts of my life, which is why my home is filled with crystals, photos of Hindu deities, statues of the Buddha and so on.
I believe the same to be true in the workplace. When you step into my office at Rewire Me, you’ll see aromatherapy sprays on my desk, self-help books on my shelves and inspirational quotes hanging on the walls. My goal is to create a relaxing space and healthy work environment. Rewire Me’s mission is to guide people on their personal transformation journey, and I want our office to reflect that.
Aside from the office feng shui, promoting wellness in the workplace has a wide range of health benefits.
Stress at work is inevitable, but it’s how you manage it that matters.
According to a survey conducted by MediKeeper, employees who have access to wellness programs are not only less stressed about work, but they are also less stressed in general.
Wellness programs can include on-site fitness centers, yoga and meditation classes, smoking cessation programs, biometric screenings and health-related seminars.
Did you know 550 million workdays are missed each year as a result of job-related stress? It’s a fact: healthy employees take less sick days.
“Companies that support workplace health have a greater percentage of employees at work every day. … Similarly, workplace health programs can reduce presenteeism – the measurable extent to which health symptoms, conditions, and diseases adversely affect the work productivity of individuals who choose to remain at work,” according to the Center for Disease Control.
Boosts team morale
I am a huge advocate of team-building exercises. Finding fun ways to bond as a group helps tremendously in terms of everyone’s energy and overall attitude.
For example, during one of our meetings at Rewire Me, I had everyone write the top three strengths for each team member on a piece of paper and pass it around the conference table. Some on the list were funny, some serious, but at the end, everyone left feeling valued and appreciated.
Also, we go as a group to events and retreats, which helps strengthen the relationships between coworkers. I’ve found that bonding outside the office helps us work effectively and comfortably together inside the office.
“An organization that plays together, stays together.”–Amelia Wilcot, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Incorporate Massage.