Workplace Wellness: Beyond Fitness & Nutrition
“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected” –Anthros Founder & CEO, Anurag Dandiya
As employers, we want to do everything we can to help our employees become their best selves, at work and at home. Are you using all the tools at your disposal to promote the overall wellness and wellbeing of your team?
When talking about wellness in the workplace, we often think first of nutrition and fitness. An employer might offer healthy eating workshops, exercise challenges, gym membership discounts, or flu shots. But wellness is not just about what “feeds” the body. It is also about what nourishes the mind and spirit.
Here are a few questions to consider. Do your employees feel purpose in coming to work? Do they have opportunities to be a leader and feel secure about their future? Do they have resources when they face difficult life events? Here are a few things you may not have thought of that can promote wellness in your workplace.
Employee Assistance Programs
- Everyone faces unexpected stresses, challenges and life changes. With an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in place, your employees have direct access to experienced counselors to help navigate these difficult times. An EAP program can also help your employees set goals, manage work life balance, or create a weight loss program.
- Anthros partners with EAP provider Charles Nechtem Associates (CNA) to give our clients’ employees unlimited phone and email counseling twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more about the Anthros EAP program.
401K Plans & Retirement Tools
- Giving employees the option to enroll in a 401K or retirement plan demonstrates that you care about their long-term financial wellbeing. Even if the employer can’t contribute, having a retirement plan available gives employees another tool to plan for their future. Plus, it’s an additional benefit that contributes to employee retention and satisfaction.
- Did you know Anthros offers and administers 401K plans for our clients at no additional cost? For a traditional 401K plan, most small businesses should expect to spend $5,000 to $10,000 per year. Anthros clients don’t have this expense, nor do they have to invest time into managing the program. Learn more about Slavic, our 401K partner.
Leadership & Communication Training
- Employees are looking for open communication between managers, leadership and employees, as well as opportunities for advancement, longevity, mentorship and training. Without these things, employee morale sinks, and employee turnover increases.
- Consider offering workshops and training programs that help your employees develop leadership and communication skills. This prepares employees for the opportunity to take on new responsibilities in the future, while also helping your team function better as a whole. Get in touch with Anthros for more information about training and development we offer clients.
About the Author
Helen Usher is the Director of Benefits at Anthros.