Of course, high productivity doesn’t have to and shouldn’t come at the cost of employee’s health and wellbeing. And as evidence shows, supporting the physical and mental health of your workforce has enormous benefits.
A 2010 review of US health and wellbeing programmes found that every dollar spent on these initiatives reduced the company’s medical costs by $3.27 and absentee costs by $2.73.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do your employee’s washing or take them skiing.
Instead focus on the things you can do to make their work more satisfying. Is it better to provide people with hammocks, or give them the tools they need to do their job efficiently so they can go home in good time and recharge?
Staying active in a more virtual world
The average person will spend around 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. In many professions that time will be spent sitting in front of a screen. These long periods of inactivity severely impact health. If you know your workplace could be harming your employees then it’s time to step in.
There are a number of large companies that are starting to take employee welfare very seriously.
US energy company Chesapeake Energy has invested heavily, fully-equipping their campus with a state-of-the-art fitness centre complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and climbing wall.