Staying fit and healthy and losing weight are the two most popular New Year’s resolutions. How do you help your employees achieve their goals when they may not work on-site? Mobile apps and incentive programs are an ideal way to encourage health and fitness of your workforce.
Mobile apps are ideal assistants for health, fitness and weight-loss resolutions because they are always with us and can remain personal. PC Magazine has identified the 25 best fitness apps for 2016, many which are free. These apps will appeal to almost any type of fitness program; from music streaming, quick and effective workouts, tracking steps, calorie intake and logging exercise. Go to www.pcmag.com for more information.
Want to further incentivize your employees? Combine the personal use of smart apps with rewards. Invest in incentives. These can be small tokens for participation, for reaching personal goals or for team activities. The incentives do not have to cost a lot of money, just the offer to reward employees in a positive manner will go a very long way in participation.
Don’t forget to be mindful of your employee’s mental health. Unmanaged stress has been linked heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep trouble. At the workplace it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absences. Consider offering an employee assistance program and encourage employees to take simple steps to reduce stress like taking some short breaks during the day to go for a walk or just get outside for a breath of fresh air.
Studies have shown that wellness programs are linked to greater productivity, less absenteeism, a reduction of long-term health care costs and reducing costs associated with worker injuries. Even if your organization does not have the resources to implement a complete wellness program, there are low cost ideas that you can consider to show your employees you value their health.