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Fads That Are Increasing Corporate Health & Wellness

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We’ve seen many changes to the workplace over the last decade; several fads have changed the layout of the office, workflow, position titles, and more! The following are six fads we have seen pop up in the last decade or so that are actually increasing corporate health and wellness.

1. Health Competitions

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Many workplaces will put on friendly competitions to help push employees to set and obtain health goals. Whether these competitions are to see who can lose the most weight (relative to their size, and only when considered overweight to begin with), eat the healthiest, run the fastest, etc. they will often include some kind of prize that the winner(s) look forward to and strive for.

2. Stress Management Programs

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Some businesses provide or put on stress management programs that employees have the opportunity to attend. These programs help employees learn to cope with and manage stress in a healthy way so as to not put unnecessary pressures on their mind and body.

3. Work-Wide Training

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In this case, the team training may either be a training they all do together and follow each day before or after work. Or, it may be some kind of team race that they are all training for that they plan to run together. There are several team-based “races” that work great for these office-places goals:

  • Team mud races
  • Obstacle races
  • 5K or 10K
  • Novel 5Ks such as the “Color Run” or “Bubble Run”

4. Sleep Pods

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A more modern fad we have seen in the workplace is the implementation of sleep pods. These pods provide a space for employees to take a quick nap, recharge, and get ready to work again.

 

Why a nap?

“Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness 100%.”

 – SleepFoundation.org

However, shorter naps (20-30min) are suggested so as to not interfere with nighttime sleeping. 

5. On-Site Therapists

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A few workplaces have on-site therapists available to employees whenever they feel the need to talk. This not only provides employees a way to de-stress, but these therapists can also be of help for those struggling with more than just work-place issues. 

 

Some businesses may not provide on-site therapists, but they provide easy access to one for all of their employees. This too is a great way to increase corporate health and wellness.

Don’t forget! If your company does not provide you with these health and wellness options, you can still set and achieve your own personal health and wellness goals! Learn more about our coaches and discover how we not only provide training plans, but tips, tricks, and options for other health goals as well!
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Nicole Hillstead-Jones

RRCA Certified Coach & Nutrition Minor