Staying fit at work

Staying fit at work

April 30, 2015

How to keep your employees healthy and active

How to keep your employees healthy and active (KatarzynaBialasiewicz)

Keep employees healthy

You probably know that keeping fit is important to your employees’ health, but did you know that an active and healthy workforce is also beneficial to your business?

Employees who regularly keep fit will come into work feeling less sluggish and lethargic, which in turn will lead to boosted levels of productivity.

If your staff work nine to five, they may feel as though they have little time to lead a healthy lifestyle – but this is far from true. There’s no excuse to not keep fit and, what’s more, you can contribute towards helping your employees stay healthy and active.

Here’s how:

Free fruit

In order to encourage your employees to consume more fruit, one idea is to introduce a weekly free fruit basket to the workplace. Many companies partner with local grocers and food distributors to make fruit delivery arrangements at a reasonable cost.

Once delivered, place the fruit basket in a communal area in your workplace, such as the kitchen, so employees can help themselves whenever they wish.

It’s a good idea to arrange for the fruit to be delivered at the start of the week, rather than on a Friday where it will be left to go mouldy over the weekend.

Providing your employees with the option to eat fruit will encourage them to make healthier choices when it comes to snacking. You could even ask them to fill out a survey detailing the types of fruit they’d most like to eat.

Charity fitness challenges

While it can be tricky to ensure your employees are getting enough exercise, one way of doing so is to get them involved in company fitness challenges that help to raise money for charity.

For example, you could set a date for when everyone gets together and embarks on a 5K or 10K race in your area, or a bike ride from the workplace to the next nearest city. Not only is this a great way to keep your employees fit, you’ll also be helping to raise money for a good cause.

What’s more, it will give your staff something to work towards, as they’ll have to train regularly and eat healthily in the run-up to the challenge.

Company incentives

Providing your employees with incentives will give them more motivation to work towards achieving set targets. While you might already offer bonus schemes to employees who meet or exceed a particular task, another option is to provide them with a complimentary gym membership.

Many people are put off going to the gym because of the extortionate fees, so by rolling out a free six or 12-month membership to your employees, they may feel more inclined to go.