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5 Proven Employee Wellness Programs to Improve Productivity

5 Proven Employee Wellness Programs to Improve Productivity

We tend to put in more efforts to attain the best possible result out of our everyday work in the workplace. This is because we believe in working hard in order to earn our place in the organization. We spend up to 9 hours a day at our offices and needless to say, the corporate life is full of stress and mental pressure.

Sometimes, we feel like extending our shift to complete our work not only because we need to deliver it at the end of the day but also because we want to earn the faith of our seniors.

Despite the busy professional life of people like us, there are people, especially in the production line, who have mostly sedentary working hours. Since they need to oversee the work done by their inferiors, they either just sit in the chair looking around or keep an eye on individuals working around and guide them to improve their work standards. The rest of their waking hours elapse in taking care of other personal and social activities.

Health is Wealth

While working for hours in our respective workplaces, we fail to track our health and other physical activities like Morning/Evening Exercise or Yoga, and subsequently face various health problems. Cervical and Migraine are amongst the most common medical conditions, which arise out of busy corporate life.

Organizations voluntarily provide their employees with the best health insurance coverage, in order to conquer these and other fatal health hazards. Since prevention is better than cure, it’s prudent to participate in one or more of health & fitness programs to avoid the odds of health issues whatsoever.

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Organizations need to implement various health and fitness programs in their workplaces. In fact, these programs have already gained much popularity in the organizational culture globally. Various multinational organizations that have implemented employee wellness programs have stronger employee satisfaction and morale, resulting in high employee productivity and happier customers subsequently.

Employee Wellness Programs

Employee wellness programs primarily have two key approaches to be implemented in workplaces.

1. The primary workplace wellness program focuses on different workplace ethics and efforts in their support. This combines various improvements that need to be done with reference to the workplace environment, leadership style and feedback/assessment sessions, organization and assignment of different tasks, different practices related to management of work, lifestyle improvement, employee engagement programs, healthy habits, behavioral improvement etc. This also includes preparing personality development lectures and continuous feedbacks.

Well, changing one’s lifestyle in the workplace is a good practice and often results in strong morale and high productivity, which eventually is the goal of every organization.

2. This strategy combines both personal wellness and organizational productivity at the same time. Organizations, nowadays, have multiple options to improve the health of their employees.

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For example, they can organize various healthcare programs, aerobic sessions, yoga and fitness campaigns, and marathons at times and urge their employees to participate in these activities to improve their health significantly. Such activities mostly succeed when organized on a large scale. Naturally, taking part in physical activities improve one’s health and significantly helps them get a better physique.

Stages of Change

There are not more than two stages, i.e. pre-contemplation and contemplation, employees most likely are in, especially in terms of their health.

When we talk about pre-contemplation, we refer to employees that have an unhealthy lifestyle, behavioral issues, including those who are not ready to accept changes in their lifestyle at work and those who still need to realize that they need it. In contrast, those who are in the contemplation stage have a fair enough idea about this very need.

Such employees are always ready to accept changes in their lifestyle at work. All they need is guidelines or motivation to get started whenever necessary

And, when really necessary, they welcome the changes in their behavior in the workplace, provided they are offered the right incentive in terms of guidelines or coaching in the right direction.

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However, there are big hurdles on an employer’s way of guiding such employees, e.g. inspire and engage employees that are interested in lifestyle amendment at work, thereby making them aware of supporting activities that collectively lead to sustainable health and fitness.

Employee Wellness Programs

The following are some essential tips that help employees engage in health and fitness at work:

1. Listen to Health and Fitness Podcasts

People, already, are not interested in listening to health and fitness programs available online and being telecasted on T.V. Employers can take an idea from this, and therefore, they must plan something really interesting and equally engaging. Also, the program should be organized on a large scale to ensure that each employee is benefiting from the same. Create leaders across departments and let them select their volunteers to take care of the event.

2. Take Polls Of What Employees Want

Employers need to create one or more polls to see what exactly employees want in the event. The poll may include multiple activities and sports activities, based on the interest of employees in particular. This proves to be a great idea when it comes to knowing what individuals in the workplace wants to see in the event.

3. Organize a Corporate Health Event

Employees must be given the responsibility to organize the event, as they can implement their personal ideas to support the event. There is a possibility that the event turns out to be everyone’s favorite and the company can plan for similar events in the future.

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4. Explore Other Options For Event Venue

If not in the workplace, then the health and fitness events can be organized at places that are reachable and affordable (if chargeable) too. This will invite more and more employees to participate and the event can be even more admired.

5. Have Fun in the Workplace

Make sure to include the pleasure principle in workplace wellness initiatives, as people look forward to having fun while working and it helps them get refresh and continue with their work with sufficient energy. This is the reason why corporate challenges are the real challenges.

In the meanwhile, the performance of individual employees needs to be evaluated to ensure that there are continuous improvements in their productivity and work standards.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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