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How to Have Healthier Workers

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How to Have Healthier Workers

How to Have Healthier WorkersWorkplace wellness initiatives can save your company money. For as many as 74 percent of American companies, lowering health care costs is a primary motivator for workplace wellness programs. But that’s not the only way wellness initiatives help your bottom line. Healthy workers have more energy, take fewer days off of work, and are more productive. Workers who feel that their company makes their health a priority are more likely to stay in their jobs, and they have better morale.

You may not have the resources or the staff to implement a full-fledge workplace wellness program. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t support your workers in becoming healthier, happier, and more productive. Small gestures, like making it easier for your employees to exercise, offering them flu vaccines, and educating them about healthy eating and stress management, can go a long way toward preventing serious illness among members of your work force.

1. Teach Your Employees About Healthy Habits

Many of your employees would be happy to practice stress management and eat healthier meals, but they don’t know how. One way to teach your employees about nutrition, stress management, and exercise is to offer them regular, brief seminars on healthy eating habits and other pertinent topics, like how to manage and reduce stress, how to stay healthy when you’re travelling, and how to cook delicious, healthy meals. Offer some kind of incentive to encourage attendance — for example, employees who attend a certain number of seminars may earn an extra day off, or a further discount on company health insurance plans.

Healthier Workers2. Make It Easier for Employees to Exercise

Most adults with full-time jobs and family responsibilities struggle to find time to exercise regularly. If you don’t have the space for a full-service gym at your company, there’s still plenty you can do to save money on employee benefits by encouraging your workers to be more active.

You can offer secure bike parking for your employees who wish to cycle to work. You can start a lunchtime walking club, or bring in a fitness teacher to teach lunchtime aerobics or yoga classes, and offer employees participation incentives. You could even offer discounts on local gym memberships for employees and their spouses — choose a facility that’s close to your office so employees will have time to work out before coming in to the office or after leaving for the day.

3. Subsidize Flu Shots

Flu vaccines are one of the easiest ways to keep employees from calling out sick for days or even weeks in a row. They’re also a good way to protect employees’ families, since young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions are more likely to develop serious — even life-threatening — complications if infected with the flu. It’s easy enough to bring in some pharmacists and have every member of staff vaccinated against the flu — or at least, you can offer to reimburse employees for flu shots they obtain on their own time, if your company’s health insurance policy doesn’t already do so.

4. Offer Healthy Snack Options

Most employees will want a drink or snack once in a while, and if you want your workers to be healthy, then it’s up to you to make sure their snack and drink options are healthy, too. Pull the potato chips and candy bars — or at least some of them — out of the snack machine and replace them with nuts and other healthy snacks. Offer your employees a basket of fresh fruit in the break room. Fill the drink machine with sparkling water and fruit juices instead of soda. If your company has a cafeteria for workers, make sure there are plenty of nutritious and healthy options on the menu.

5. Support Stress Management

Many Americans these days don’t feel they’re managing their stress well — in the 2013 Stress in America survey, 35 percent of American adults said they felt more stressed than they had the year prior, and 53 percent said their health care providers offered them little or no advice on how to cope with stress. Many of the most stressed-out workers are Millennials, those aged 18 to 34.

By helping your employees manage stress, you can help protect them from high blood pressure, heart disease, and insomnia. You can also protect your company from the damaging effects of employee stress, which include absenteeism, reduced productivity and efficiency, and low morale. Offer regular seminars on stress reduction. Consider implementing some sort of employee assistance program so that workers who are struggling with problems — be they financial, family, or mental health related — can get help to cope with stress. Encourage stressed-out employees to take regular breaks, especially if they can take a few minutes to go outdoors.

A workplace wellness program can help your employees be healthier, happier, and more productive, and can improve your company’s bottom line in multiple ways. You don’t need to be able to provide your employees with a full-service gym or a dedicated workplace wellness staff in order to promote your employees’ health. All you have to do is give your employees the tools to live a healthier lifestyle, and they’ll do the rest.

How to Foster Employee Ownership

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The employee ownership culturefirst thing that comes to mind upon reading about employee ownership for many is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), but actually, what is more crucial is the sentiment that is engendered by ESOPs and their ilk — the sense of personal investment that employees can have in their companies. Building this feeling is potentially the greatest weapon in the arsenal of small to medium business owners who often don’t have the resources available to competitively compensate their key employees. Losing an employee costs a company, on average, 20 percent of that employee’s salary, if they’re a low-level employee. Executives can cost up to 230 percent of their salary. If for no other reason than the bottom line, business leaders should think long and hard on the financial benefit of fostering a sense of employee ownership in their company.

Being Literal

Although immensely complicated and multifaceted, literal employee financial investment in the company can be a great way to build a sense of common purpose. In fact, for many employees, this can be a powerful motivator for success. The modern zeitgeist has more recently come to include the belief that this method of employee inclusion is a little old hat — but simultaneously many startups in the tech industry rely heavily on employee ownership to attract competitive talent at rock bottom prices.

Doing Good Works

One of the greatest lessons from TOMS Shoes is not that you can do well by appearing to do good (although they did succeed at this) but rather that desire to do good works exists within employees as well as customers.

You don’t have to tell your customers about any charitable actions that the company takes, but you should tell your employees. By giving your employees a sense that the company isn’t just a greenback-focused organism, you’re easing the weight of the great American guilt complex. Your employees will be grateful to you for that, even if they don’t realize it.

Allowing Company Review

Alongside the peer review should stand the company review. Although it’s pedantically stated that employees can voice their concerns and opinions on the direction of the company in any setting, more often employees feel shy or threatened while speaking up, or employers or managers believe that they know best and ignore suggestions. This self-assuredness is part of what leads many to start or operate companies but can also be their hubris.

Not only will allowing the employee a venue to discuss their opinions help them to feel a greater sense of belonging and ownership, but it will actually help the company to foresee potential setbacks and disasters. No one wants to run a company that lurches from crisis to crisis. Ultimately, even if you don’t hear the employee’s review, others will.

Providing Career Advancement Programsemployee training program

There little that is more frustrating than sitting at a 9-to-5 with aspirations of more, watching the clock and calendar march eternally onwards. Employees who are most invested in their companies do so because that company has given them the opportunity to advance their career.  Employee training programs and hiring from within are inexpensive and cost-effective methods of deepening employee ties to the organization.

By promoting from within, you’re creating an employee that knows multiple different rungs of the ladder. This means they can hit the ground running because of their familiarity with other staff, company policy and goals and ideas that they’ve developed over the course of working for your organization. They’ll be able to enact these ideas faster and will have the longevity to see them through due to their deepened company loyalty.

Cultivating a Strong Work-Life Balance

Probably the most effective way to feel balanced in work and life is centered around employees’ families. By giving employees extra time for things like paternity leave you’ll engender not only a sense of gratitude but loyalty; people want to take care of those who take care of them. By even partially covering daycare costs, employees will be able to return to work faster and will be more motivated to continue working with your organization.

Family care, including maternity and paternity leave as well as daycare compensation, is often seen as massive costs, but it pays distinct dividends. As well as avoiding the 20 percent salary loss from employee flight, there is evidence that by increasing work life balance, and thereby employee engagement, companies can increase their financial performance significantly.

Being Polite

This is one that’s often overlooked and very subtle. Being polite and respecting the time and efforts of employees shows that you value their efforts and contributions. It will have pour-over effects into the attitude of the entire workforce, making everyone more polite and thoughtful toward each other. After all, we are invariably a reflection of those, we spend our time around.

With these efforts of treating employees better, business owners stand only to benefit. Even if you are a scrooge, surely most business owners can see the cents in fostering employee investment.

Self Service Payroll for Employees

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Today employees are more empowered than ever, and as an employer you need to adhere to these needs.  Employee self service allows employees to take control over their own information.  They are allowed to view past pay stubs online, update addresses, and even view benefits enrollment information.  As an employer, you are relieved of some of these questions employees may have and by giving employees this access they truly become empowered.  More and more companies today are offering paperless solutions encompassed with employee self service.  This allows for less printing and labor, and helps the environment.  Through National PEO’s service offerings, NPower is available for all of its clients at no additional cost.  Contact your HR representative today for information on how you can enroll in NPower!