With the first of every year comes resolutions to lose weight, eat better, and get in shape. I’m sure the people in your office are no exception.
So how can you use that to your company’s advantage?
You could follow the example of Oakland County — they invested $400,000 a year in promoting health programs at the office, and ended up saving $12 million more than expected. That program includes voluntary health surveys and various programs for employees.
Many offices have walking clubs at lunchtime, or even before work. It may be difficult to get a crowd willing to walk outside during the winter, but I’m sure many employees would like to get some fresh air during the day when it’s nice outside.
If you have some space and someone to lead a class exercise, consider dedicating a meeting room or other area a few times a week. While equipment is nice, it’s not necessary for an effective workout.
Consider paying for part of your employees’ gym memberships or fitness classes. Or offer a smoking cessation program. Or host occasional nutrition classes.
Will these actions take a lot of time an effort? Probably. But will they save you money in the long run? Almost definitely. And you’ll get healthier and happier employees out of the deal, too.