23 Apr, 2018

Making The Case for Wellness

The case for wellness shouldn’t need making, should it? Surely it is obvious – healthier staff are going to be at their best? 

Yet, in so many organisations, wellness comes a poor second (or third, or fourth) to the bottom line.

Which is, to my mind, totally missing the point – that wellness has a direct and significant impact on the bottom line. 

Wellness

My first job was as a personal trainer, so health, fitness and nutrition have always been of real importance to me. I have been immensely fortunate to get to know some of the top nutritionist around the world, too. One of them, Dr Bob Rakowski, introduced me to a great tool for optimal health.

It’s called The Magnificent 7 and is a very powerful tool for improving the health and well being of the people in your business. We have been using this with many of our corporate clients and the results have been very positive. In the video below Dr Bob explains about the Magnificent 7 and the impact this can have on people.

So, let me know paint a picture of what that might mean in your organisations – using those same seven aspects of optimal health.

  1. Eat right – if you invest in high quality food for your staff – fresh green veg and non-processed foods, immunity goes up, there is less obesity (with the knock-on effect it has on chronic and acute conditions) and mental focus improves. Result? Less hours lost to sickness and the quality of work improves.
  2. Drink right – by encouraging staff to drink 2l water a day, the body is detoxified and people will be more focussed. Result? Better levels of concentration during the day.
  3. Think right – introduce 10 minutes of mindfulness during the day and ‘getting happy by giving happy’ will improve engagement and generate a positive atmosphere in the workplace. Result? The kind of place people want to work, so you attract and retain better staff.
  4. Move right – encourage fresh air and exercise every day – make it a habit not an option – and energy levels go up. What’s more you’ll increase the levels of Vitamin D3 (known as the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ the lack of which is linked to serotonin deficiency and therefore depression). Result? Happier, more energetic staff who are more productive and committed at work.
  5. Talk right – by starting every meeting with ‘what is going well’ and make a point of showing appreciation you’ll change the whole tone of the meeting and, consequently, its effectiveness. How great would it be if people said good things to one another instead of seeking to blame? Result? More productive meetings and an increased sense of achievement from the whole team.
  6. Sleep right – power napping really recharges the system and makes people far more effective. The idea of sleeping on the job may seem alien but in some countries ‘sleep pods’ are being introduced for this purpose. Result? Less accidents at work and improved productivity.
  7. Poo right – Too Much Information?! Well, perhaps but CO2 is a key form of elimination – and if there is too much build up in the office, people flag. We are all so used to air conditioning these days but can you get some windows open and help keep oxygen levels up? Result? Increased focus and attention and less recycling of cold and ‘flu germs, reducing the days lost to these minor conditions

Seven simple ways to improve your bottom line and put staff wellness first.

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