Check practically any list of trends for this or next year in business and you will find that everyone is worrying over Obamacare’s impact on the workplace. The concerns are not unfounded. After all, healthcare costs in the U.S. are astronomical, with total spending expected to reach $4.8 trillion in 2021. To put that in perspective, it’s about a fifth of the U.S. economy.
What’s even more surprising is how little most organizations do to manage healthcare costs among their employees. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a HR professional or benefits specialist to have an impact in this regard. Kelly Walsh, owner of consulting firm 1 Smart Life and companion business 1 Smart Career (pictured above), offers individual managers these five wellness tips for encouraging their teams to feel better, reduce stress, bolster work/life integration, and increase productivity.
OUT with beer and free snacks, IN with healthy snacks and water
Saying that you are committed to wellness while plying employees with free chips, soda, and beer to get through the long hours is sending the wrong message. Let that apple a day keep your employees’ doctors away. Make items like fruit, yogurt, and protein bars readily available.
OUT with sedentary jobs, IN with reminders for those sitting to get up and stretch or walk for a few minutes
There will always be jobs that require sitting for long hours, but help your people get up from their desks as much as possible. There are apps that tell us to stretch and move (try Stretch Clock, a break reminder app), and what about handing out step counters? Pedometers can be had for $10 each and a friendly competition will have staff fighting for the farthest parking spot in the lot.
OUT with eating at your desk, IN with line dancing in the cafeteria
I nearly laughed when I heard this one, but apparently it’s actually working for one large pharmaceutical. The program started small with a few women and an iPod amp. Now it’s a large group of men and women doing an old school “Electric Slide” or a “Cupid Shuffle” and a “Wobble.” They are easy, fun and everyone goes back to their afternoon work with a smile.
For more ideas, head over to the full post at Intuit's Fast Track blog.