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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 September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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