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Wellness at Work

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Studies show Americans spend nearly half of the time they are awake at work. Our jobs affect our physical, mental and emotional health, so focusing on wellness in the workplace is an important part of our overall health. Research shows more employers are offering programs to support a healthier lifestyle during the work day than ever before, realizing that healthy employees are happier and more productive.

Wellness on the Job Works

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Why should my business develop a workplace wellness program? Because the return on your investment is positive for everyone. Common outcomes include:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced health costs
  • Fewer injuries
  • Improved employee morale

Get Fit Tennessee Tips for Wellness at Work

A healthy workplace is one that offers employees an opportunity to be physically active on the job, choose healthier foods, and work in a smoke-free environment.

Employees working together

  • Identify a coordinator, someone to encourage employees to get involved and plan creative programs.
  • Form a wellness at work committee, and rotate new members in and previous members out to prevent burnout and foster new ideas.
  • Keep the plan simple and set attainable goals.
  • Think big and small. Activities can range from walking groups and healthier snack options in the workplace, to month-long challenges or competitions. Create something for everyone.
  • Offer incentives to motivate workers to get involved.

Additional Resources

  • Click here for Obesity Cost Calculator for Businesses   
  • Click here for LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition
  • Click here for Employer Toolkit for Smokefree Tennessee