Health and wellness benefits have become increasingly attractive in today’s job market, and are a valuable asset for companies to offer their employees. Through these kinds of programs, team members who get sick and seek out a wellness center can easily find medical aid through their work.
Health and wellness benefits are a great way for companies to look out for the wellbeing of their staff members, ensure their long-term health, and provide support for illnesses or other wellness-related concerns.
ARcare’s Workplace Wellness program partners with corporations and businesses, and provides comprehensive coordination of care for employees and their immediate families. This enhances the broader health of our partners’ entire workforce. Our goal with the Workplace Wellness program is to improve the overall health of your employees, thereby reducing worker absence and unnecessary expenditures while increasing productivity and workplace morale.
One of the ways in which we provide this service is by placing a registered nurse at a worksite, who can then provide any medical service that employees or their family members may need. This might include preventative visits, physicals, assistance with medication, or minor acute sickness diagnosis and treatment.
The onsite RN can be consulted as needed and reports directly to an ARcare primary care family practitioner. The RN can assist with a wide variety of medical issues, and your employee or their family member never has to miss work to visit a local medical clinic.
Ways to increase workplace health and wellness
The easiest way to boost your health is by drinking more water. Everyone could use more fluids, even if you consider yourself an avid water drinker.
Encourage your employees to bring a 32-ounce reusable water bottle with to work, and refill it at least two times throughout the day to be sure they stay well-hydrated while working. Water prevents infections, eliminates toxins from the liver and kidneys, promotes quality sleep and improved cognitive abilities, delivers nutrients to cells, and eliminates wastes from the body.
It is especially important to stay hydrated if you are physically active, when it is hot outside, if you have a fever, or are experiencing signs of dehydration, like vomiting or increased heart rate.
A few other ways to incorporate wellness into your employees’ work lives include providing healthy office snacks that promote balanced nutrition; encouraging staff members to be active and on their feet by offering office workout sessions or standing desks; and initiating a step competition to encourage employees to track their steps and win some sort of incentive.
There are also ways to increase your employees’ mental wellness. You can encourage practicing gratitude by sharing a document where team members can record something they are grateful for every day. You could also host a guided meditation once a week to reduce stress and increase mindfulness in employees; or lead an anxiety workshop where a mental health professional teaches team members healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
Employee wellness affects the bottom line of a company more than some employers might think. Whether physical or mental health, it is imperative to have the healthiest employees possible across all channels. Harvard Business Review reported that companies that invested in wellness initiatives found that they saved $6 in healthcare expenses for every one dollar invested.
How employees can practice healthy living on their own
While it can be extremely useful to have health and wellness benefits provided through the workplace, it will not be completely effective unless employees try to live healthfully when off the clock.
Everyone should try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night to maintain optimal health. Well-rested employees show up to work feeling more alert, achieve higher levels of productivity, and can more easily avoid illnesses like the cold and influenza. Sleep deprivation can be extremely detrimental to mental and physical health, so prioritize you and your employees’ sleep, so that everyone can live and work soundly.
Physical activity also affects your health in multiple ways. Exercising for 30 minutes a day, even something as simple as a brisk walk can have a lot of beneficial effects. Regular exercise can bolster the immune system, boost energy levels, improve heart health, and greatly increase productivity at work.
Eating balanced, nutritional meals is another great way to maintain health. Try to incorporate as many fresh and whole foods into your diet as possible, like raw veggies, whole grains, and organic, hormone-free, lean proteins.
By getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating balanced, nutritional meals, you will increase your health levels, get sick less, and feel more energetic and productive. By setting a good example, you can encourage your employees to do the same, thereby increasing health and productivity throughout your workplace.
Partner with ARcare to experience high-quality medical care in the workplace
For more information about partnering with ARcare’s Workplace Wellness services, contact our team today. We would love to support your organization in maintaining healthy and productive employees, offering regular medical care, and providing health assistance to your full team.
From flu shots and physicals to medicinal assistance and cold-virus treatment, our medical staff is here to guide your team to long-term health and wellness improvements.