3 tips for healthy employees and a healthy workplace
When your employees are physically fit and in good health, it creates a healthier more productive work environment.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can put employee wellbeing in the spotlight by ensuring your staff is healthy and happy.
Here are a few examples of how to do just that:
Healthy Companies in the U.S.
If you're concerned about the health of your employees, you're not alone: thousands of companies nationwide are making healthy eating and exercise a top priority.
From Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, the business world is going the healthy route.
Some examples include:
- Target - As one of the largest retail stores in the country, Target is doing all it can to keep its thousands of employees happy and healthy. That's why it gives all employees’ access to the Target Health Program, which encourages exercise and healthy eating through a point-based, reward-based system.
- Astrazeneca - It only makes sense that a pharmaceutical company would encourage employee health. Astrazeneca offers its 13,000 U.S. employees healthy eating options at their onsite cafeterias that include salads, whole grain breads, and fresh fruits.
- Genentech - Even U.S. tech companies are encouraging their employees to eat healthy and exercise. Genentech for example offers its employees complimentary bicycles at their Silicon Valley campus as well as catered daily lunches from local health food restaurants.
Now that you know what other companies are doing, here are a few ways you can keep your employees healthy and fit.
1. Healthy Food Options
The sedimentary lifestyle of the office in combination with poor eating almost always results in poor health and reduced energy levels. To avoid this scenario, make sure you offer your employees plenty of healthy eating options while they're on the clock.
In an expert interview with Lyndi Fultz about eating well, Fultz mentions the benefits of eating healthy foods during every meal, including lunch.
If your office has snack machines in the break room, make sure there are healthy options available such as whole grain snack bars and sugar-free beverages.
If your office has a cafeteria, you can take a tip from the tech company above and put fresh produce on the menu.
When your employees have the option of eating healthy, there's a good chance they will.
2. Wellness Reminders
Sometimes health isn't always a priority for your employees, especially during busy quarters.
By sending out convenient office wellness reminders, you can provide your employees with healthy eating and exercise tips throughout the year.
For example, you can send out a health e-newsletter once a week that includes quick exercise routines and easy health food recipes.
3. Workplace Wellness Kits
Do you want to promote a healthy workplace but you don't know where to start?
National health organizations such as the American Heart Association offer free kits that are filled with hundreds of resources for promoting health in the workplace, including creating fitness programs at the office.
If you want your employees coming to work fit and healthy, then try following some of the pointers mentioned above.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including employee health and well-being.
Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl
Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.
With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.
You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?
I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.
We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.
What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?
I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.
The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.
I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.
What does success look like to you?
I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.