Workplace wellness programs boost productivity

wellness-blogOn average, we will spend one third of our lives at work, so it’s not surprising that workplace wellness has become a priority in recent years. As we work longer hours, and work spills over into the rest of our lives, it’s important that time spent at work contributes to our overall sense of wellbeing and happiness.

The flip side to this is that having employees who are stressed, overworked and anxious results in increased absenteeism and a direct impact on the bottom line for business.

In order to counteract this, many workplaces are introducing wellness programs, and commercial buildings are providing facilities and services to encourage health and wellbeing. Here are some of the ways businesses are becoming champions of workplace wellness.

Group fitness classes

Increasingly, workplaces and office buildings are offering complimentary or low-cost group fitness classes to encourage staff to not only feel fit and healthy, but to boost connections and social interaction with people throughout the office or building.

Held in lunch breaks or after work, weekly classes on offer could range from yoga and pilates, to boxing and even bootcamp, providing something for everyone.

End-of-trip facilities

Many commercial office buildings offer end-of-trip facilities to encourage people to walk, run or cycle to work. These facilities also allow tenants to get some much needed exercise and fresh air in lunch breaks, boosting productivity into the afternoon.

End-of-trip facilities typically include bicycle storage, lockers and showers. Premium commercial office buildings like Waterfront Place have taken these typical end-of-trip facilities and given them the 5-star treatment. More like a hotel than a locker room, these facilities come complete with added luxuries like body lotions, fluffy towels, hair straighteners and even fresh fruit.

Design for wellness

Physical factors certainly contribute to overall health and wellbeing, so it’s important that workplaces have natural light, ergonomic desks to support good posture and excellent air quality and temperature control.

Simple things like adding indoor plants throughout the office can make a huge difference to not only employee health, but also happiness and ultimately productivity.

Ensuring that the building and office design supports each of these is critical in maintaining a healthy and ultimately productive team.

Providing a workplace that supports employee health and wellness is much more than just a box to tick. Given the amount of time we all spend at work, it’s never been more important that the right design, facilities and support are in place to ensure teams are healthy, happy and productive.

Waterfront Place offers 5-star end-of-trip facilities, weekly group fitness classes and premium design that supports health and wellbeing throughout the building. To find out how your business could benefit from access to these facilities, book an inspection today.