Do workplace wellness programs make any difference?
At Mills James, we like to cultivate an atmosphere that’s especially attractive for creative professionals, and we do so by placing emphasis on efforts that encourage happier and healthier staff, like workplace wellness. Workplace wellness programs educate employees on how to feel better on the job, both mentally and physically.
This past year, Mills James was honored with the Central Ohio “Rookie of the Year” award from ERC Heath for being a “pioneer in workplace wellness.” Then we were honored for healthy worksite practices by the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Awards, recognizing Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness.
But while awards are nice, we’re not in it for the recognition. We’re also not alone. According to a Workplace Wellness Programs study by the RAND Corporation, about half of U.S. employers offer wellness initiatives.
Our editors, designers, visual effects artists and audio engineers spend much of their workday sitting at a computer screen — and neck, back, wrist and arm fatigue as well as eyestrain contribute to workplace stress and fatigue. Our program offers exercises and chair massages for desk-bound workers and gives tips for proper ergonomics to reduce stress and muscle strain on the job.
Workplace wellness is more than taking Twinkies out of the vending machine. Across the company, we host Lunch n’ Learn workshops geared to keeping healthy at work and at home; offer on-site wellness coaching and chair massages; have a Miles to Move walking club with prizes for achievers; distribute monthly wellness calendars; formed a resource library filled with informative books and fitness DVDs; hosted a company canoe trip and indoor sand volleyball games; and participate in the Komen Race for the Cure.
Our employee-owners who take part in wellness initiatives say they:
- Have more energy and are more active
- Feel healthier and happier
- Put more emphasis on attaining a work-life balance
- Are more health-conscious consumers at home
- Feel more valued at work
- Experience greater camaraderie with their co-workers
Healthy employees also cost less to insure than unhealthy employees, and at Mills James, we’ve seen our employee health premiums stabilize since initiating a workplace wellness program. If your company doesn’t already offer a workplace wellness program, check into it. Mills James is proof that workplace wellness programs can work.