As a small business owner, you know that health insurance-related costs are a big concern. But while you know healthcare is expensive, you also know that keeping your employees healthy is important to their happiness and your bottom line. As more jobs shift to an office setting, sitting is now being referred to as the new smoking. Therefore, your office building is in a unique position to get employees more active.
Across all civilian jobs in 2016, workers spent an average of 61% of their day standing or walking, but for some industries the majority of time is spent sitting. For example, software developers spend 90% of their day sitting; accountants spend 81%; insurance sales people, 80%; and lawyers, 76%. Thankfully, there are a few methods you can implement as an employer to help your employees live the healthiest lives possible.
Here are a few ideas to get you started on the path to a happy, healthy work environment:
As a small business, you can win big by investing in the health of your employees. It will be easier to attract and retain quality people. You will save money on your health insurance as well as cut back on sick days. Your employees will respect you for taking an active interest in their happiness. While you may not be able to implement every tip shared above, try just a couple and see what happens. You can easily build on successes and modify those things that do not show results. Be creative, ask for input, and remember that you are doing what is best for your employees!
Beckman, Kristin. Active workplaces present trade-off between worker health and safety. Business Insurance. April, 2017.