5 Workplace Wellness Trends for 2020
“Invest in your employees, and they’ll invest in you”. Because in the end, they are your greatest asset and need to be supported on all levels at every step of the way. Not only regarding work, but also in their general well-being.
Companies all around the world are slowly but surely realizing the importance of workplace wellness and are working to create an environment which encourages health, wellness, fitness, and well-being at work. The options for workplace wellness are pretty much endless. Some organizations are adding fitness centers to their buildings, others switching out the unhealthy options in their vending machines – both two very different but equally viable and useful actions.
There is not really a right or wrong when talking about workplace wellness. There is however, as it is with everything else, certain trends that stick out from the rest. Here is a short overview of 5 workplace wellness trends for 2020 we suggest you spend some time contemplating and see if it could be beneficial for your workplace.
1. Fitness events and contests
Currently one of the most popular corporate wellness trends is different types of fitness events and/or contests. Not only does it promote well-being and fitness, it is also a great way to bond between co-workers as well as managers and encourage them to be active both in and outside of work.
2. Flu shot and vaccination programs
Becoming sick is not fun or beneficial to anyone, neither the employee, the employer, or the company. Therefore, to prevent everyone within the company from getting sick, quite a few organizations have opted to implement “mini-clinics” on site to help everyone stay healthy. These workplace wellness programs help everyone within the company stay healthy and have shown great results in reducing absenteeism because of sickness.
3. Weight and nutrition management education programs
Did you know that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975? According to WHO, the global estimation of overweight people in 2016 over 18 years of age were 1.9 billion, where 650 million of them were obese. And the curve does not show any sign of dropping.
For this reason, weight management education programs have become an extremely popular workplace wellness trend. More and more companies are offering different types of education regarding wellness and well-being for their employees to help them address such things as high BMI, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure – both in- and outside of the workplace.
What you can expect to learn from a nutrition/weight management education program:
- How to prepare healthy meals
- How to prevent protein and mineral deficiency
- How to eat lower carbs, sugar, and sodium
- What food to avoid
- The basics regarding fitness and exercise
- … and much more
4. Working out while working – the “Healthy desk” workplace wellness trend
Sitting down, not activating your muscles, is disastrous for one’s health. The human body is designed to be active. To prevent this passive work-style, many companies are investing in the so called “standing desk” or “sit-stand desk”, simply desks that are either fixed at a certain height, requiring you to stand to use, or desks with adjustable height.
Companies such as Facebook and Twitter use these types of desks in their workplace as they know the benefits of this specific corporate wellness trend. By standing up and being active while working, you can expect an improvement of mental performance, morale, attitude enjoyment of work, and productivity, more so than any other workplace wellness trends.
5. Health coaching and therapy
Last but not least are the workplace wellness programs of health coaching and therapy. Different types of face-to-face health coaching has been shown to enhance mental performance on site. It provides a myriad of benefits helping employees in breaking down health and psychological barriers that is preventing them from performing their best.
Create your own workplace wellness programs with Raison d’Etre
Raison d’Etre has helped numerous companies and organizations achieve a high level of wellness and well-being within the workplace. Now it is your time. We always follow the latest research as well as studying and evaluating the latest and upcoming wellness trends to be able to implement the perfect wellness solution based on your needs.
Contact Raison d’Etre today and take the next step towards both better well-being and productivity in the workplace.