Having happy, healthy employees should be a top priority for all employers. When employers are happy and healthy, they are better equipped to handle their jobs’ highs and lows. This is why having wellness challenges for your company is so beneficial! Let’s deep dive further into some of the benefits of wellness initiatives:
Reduced Stress Levels
A company fitness challenge is a great way to reduce your employees’ stress levels. Aerobic activity reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. Because of this, physical activity is known to be a healthy way to deal with and reduce stress. By rewarding employees who stay physically active, you are also encouraging them to de-stress. Additionally, giving your employees something else to think about or catch up on besides the current big project or the next looming deadline, gives them a mental break they need throughout the day to stay mentally sharp.
Increased Employee Satisfaction
Rewarding employees for doing an excellent job incentivizes them to keep producing good results. Rewarding your employers, for example, logging the most steps in over the weekend or putting in the most hours of exercise in a month, is a great way to encourage them since bonuses and company recognition are not always possible. Additionally, company wellness challenges are a simple way to show your employers you do care about their health. Everyone feels good when they’re given credit, or praised for something. Even as little as winning a company fitness challenge. This satisfaction will inevitably make your employers feel better about themselves and if they’re feeling good, they will probably be producing better work as well.
A Sense of Community
Healthy competition in the workplace is a great way to increase engagement and conversation among co-workers. Work talk can naturally get quite boring, so being able to spark up a conversation about who’s at the top of the leaderboard is a fun conversation that everyone can contribute to. Additionally, a workplace challenge is simple fun and everyone can appreciate some of that in their workplace. All in all, a sense of community through social connection is an important factor of a good company culture that will reflect in the work employees produce.
These benefits of company fitness challenges make it easy to see how it helps both individual employees, but also the overall workplace atmosphere. Although these are only three, there are so many more benefits to having wellness initiatives. Just try it out and see for yourself!
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