How Wellness Initiatives Can Boost Employee Productivity

“The clock ticks to 5pm and, officially, your working day is over. What’s your next move? Are you frantically cramming for tomorrow’s big presentation, or rounding up your team for your weekly exercise class?,” The Guardian asks.

“As an entrepreneur, you might think of the former as more beneficial to business – every minute of the day can be invested in bettering your company and there is always a new task to tackle. But failing to take time out for exercise and relaxation puts you and your team at risk of high stress levels, which in turn affects productivity.”

“Exercise and a balanced diet are proven panaceas to everyday strains. The better your team are looking after themselves, the fewer working hours will be lost.”

A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that “regular, aerobic exercise can boost the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in verbal memory, learning and emotions.”

“Implementing wellbeing initiatives in your workplace, and doing it effectively, is about balance and tailoring activities to the interests of your staff. Provided you get this right, you can improve productivity levels and staff attitudes towards your business – in a 2013 survey by Mind, 60% of workers said they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support their mental wellbeing.”