Ways to Foster Workplace Wellness

Managing an office that promotes a healthy work-life balance is a trial-and-error process. Between constant accessibility as a result of technology and the pressure to meet deadlines, employee and workplace wellness is too often compromised.

It may not seem like your responsibility, but you want to encourage your employees to balance their personal and professional wellness. Some of the most successful companies in the country are investing in their employees’ wellness.

We’re here to help. Below are five ways to implement workplace wellness in your office.

Get up and active

Identify a workout studio that is close to your office location and attend a class as a group. Encourage people to initiate fitness groups within the office, or opt for walking meetings. Apps like Eventbrite and Groupon sometimes post special deals for companies looking to explore fitness.

Professional and continuing education

Employee and workplace wellness is not always about physical health – it includes mental, intellectual and emotional. Remind your employees that their careers and growth are important to you. Offer to cover the cost of educational workshops and classes that will help people improve the work they do and strengthen their confidence in their trades.

Keep hydrated and improve workplace snacking options

That third cup of coffee is doing nothing to hydrate you. Water is extremely important to keep your body healthy – from your skin to your kidneys to your blood pressure – and often goes by the wayside during the busy day. Design company water bottles as a friendly reminder to your employees to prioritize hydration. If the budget allows, invest in a flavored water dispenser like this one.

Mandatory mental health days

Well, maybe not mandatory, but employers can do a much better job emphasizing the importance of mental health days. Your employees are hard-working, and don’t want to be seen as slackers though they might very much need a personal day every so often. Drop hints that you are understanding as an employer and encourage your staff to take time when they need it.

Get some sunshine

Encourage your employees to get their daily dose of vitamin D when the weather allows for it. Set an example by eating lunch outside or making it known that you are going for a walk.

Modernize your desk

The research is in: desks are not healthy. Some companies are replacing their chairs with a yoga ball as a way to fix employee’s posture and burn calories. Others are opting for adjustable desks, which allow workers to sit or stand. Both of these options often result in an increase in productivity and decrease in back pain.

The bottom line is this: employee and workplace wellness is not optional, it’s essential. Not only will it help your employee retention, but an increase in productivity and workplace happiness will only benefit your business.

Study Shows Majority of Boston Area Small Businesses Are Overexposed to Risk

56-percent of companies failed a business risk assessment, operating without basic safeguards against damage caused by cyber-attacks, HR issues and other common operational realities

This past summer, we conducted a study to see just how aware Boston area small business owners are of their overall insurance coverage. This was the first study of its kind; we call it the Cleary Small Business Risk Index.

The results were scary.

The Index shows that more than half (55%) of Boston area businesses failed a risk assessment that probed 19 areas of risk management including cyber security, professional liability, employment practices and more.

So what does this boil down to?

“This proved what we have always assumed – most business owners don’t understand how to properly assess or account for risk,” said Bill Cleary, president, Cleary Insurance. “The answer isn’t always ‘more insurance.’  There are many ways to offload, avoid or manage risk. But in order to succeed, you need to understand the basic situation, and too many business owners just don’t.”

The Boston-area wide survey (including businesses on the North Shore, South Shore and Metrowest) was conducted online questioning 100 business owners, operators and employees spanning a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, financial services, and more.  All respondents had a significant influence on the operational decisions of each company.

Could you pass? Take the Cleary Small Business Risk Assessment today to test your understanding of coverage.  Also, check back for the next few posts which outline and answer some of the greatest areas for risk.