Challenging your employees to live a healthier lifestyle can positively change your work environment
“New Year, new you.” You have probably already seen hundreds of articles with that title or something similar in January alone. The New Year is a time for refreshing your life, trying some new things and generally working to making yourself a better, well-rounded person.
It can also be a very stressful time. Post-holiday credit card bills are rolling in. All of those holiday treats are showing on your waistline. And most likely you are a little depressed now that winter has truly set in across the country. The short days can be a struggle for a lot of people.
All of these very depressing thoughts mean it’s time for some healthy distractions. This is why every year we have a New Year “Biggest Loser” battle in our office. But this competition isn’t about weight loss and who is the skinniest. I am aiming to have a healthier staff all around.
Better eating habits bring a lot more than the swimsuit body we are all dying to have. All those vegetables fight off illness, and make you a more alert and generally happier person. And who doesn’t want a healthier, more alert staff?
A weight loss challenge can be a great bonding experience for staff. They are encouraging each other to make better choices. Over the past couple of years, I have found that everyone who participates in this is much more productive at work. The team, as a whole, seems to mesh better at this time of year.
There can be a couple of reasons for that. The change in diet helps them sleep better. They come to work more alert and rested. Their work has fewer errors and they are much more efficient at their jobs. They feel better so they are in better moods.
While none of these things directly affect the bottom line, they do make the company better. Insurance costs and claims go down. Petty fights are basically nonexistent. Plus having something to focus on means that winter flies by.
Could your office need a healthy kick this winter? Let’s all head into spring feeling a little bit better.
About the author: Alexandra Townsend is co-owner of A Royal Flush, based in Philadelphia.