Today’s leading employers know that a healthy employee is a happy and productive employee – with growing numbers of South African organisations rolling out corporate wellness programmes that encourage workplace wellbeing.
The Global Wellness Institute estimates that organisations worldwide spend $48 billion a year on corporate wellness programmes.
Corporate wellness interventions take a wide range of forms including:
At one level, this makes enormous financial sense for employers. Employees who exercise, eat healthily, make time for their families and get enough sleep, tend to be more productive and happy at work. They take less sick days.
Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) estimates that absenteeism costs businesses up to R16 billion a year.
People who have embraced a healthy lifestyle also often show higher levels of motivation and resilience and leads to higher levels of employee engagement and retention—because people feel valued, empowered and cared for in the workplace.
These business outcomes aside, the focus on corporate wellness is also about a growing recognition that companies can combine purpose and profit in their mission to benefit shareholders, employees and customers alike. Organisations that want to attract and retain the best talent must truly put people first.
The Unlimited is ahead of the curve when adopting this approach and takes corporate wellness seriously. It has staff gyms at its key locations, with fitness classes, personal training and fun runs on offer. The goal at The Unlimited, is to help employees cultivate lifestyles and habits that enable them to get the most from life.
Every year, employees are encouraged to take on a physical and mental challenge that will stretch them beyond their comfort zones like an ultra-walk or marathon.
Employees get a one and a half hour break over lunch to exercise, train for their personal goal, and eat a healthy meal. This ensures that there is no afternoon slump at The Unlimited – each person returns to their desk fresh and energised for the rest of the workday.
“Wellness is deeply embedded in The Unlimited’s culture and as a result its employees have grown in emotional resilience, taken ownership and gained the ability to not quit when things get tough.
This approach in business is a win for the individual and the business. The person gets healthy and enjoys an opportunity for personal development, while the business builds a committed, happy and motivated team that is ready for whatever the world might throw at them when they step into the office.