Wellness in the workplace gets a lot of talk in some circles. Business Health Expert Joseph Byrd would like to hear the buzz turn into action. He shares ideas about top performance that starts at square one.
Companies that promote employee health seem to have an employee-friendly, positive culture. The best part about promoting health is that it translates directly to performance. These companies typically perform better than others too. That’s right. A company that promotes health is performing at a higher level because of improved productivity, morale, and even cost-savings due to the health of their employees. In fact, companies ranked by Fortune Magazine as the “top 100 companies to work for” earned nearly double the profits of those not making that list.
Let’s look at a specific example of how this works. One of my clients did a group weight-loss program last year. We’ll call this company Cubicle Sales, Inc. It’s comprised of multiple sales teams. Each team works together to reach new prospects, identify office equipment needs, and show prospects the best options. This requires not only sales and presentation skills, but also a great deal of teamwork. Quite importantly, the team has to have high energy and drive to gain and retain each client. The group weight-loss program pitted one sales team against another and required each member to work together in sharing a common goal. After they did their group program, team members found they worked better together because they also spent time on the shared goal of winning the competition.
Cubicle Sales’ CEO noted to me that the teams were not only working better together, but were also seeing better sales numbers and customer satisfaction. Each person was more energized, team focused and, therefore, more successful. The best part for the CEO? Their customers were pleased to be working with such a motivated company.
This example highlights what most successful companies have known for years. By investing in your employees, you see lower health care spending, less employee turnover, and not as much burnout from stress. Most importantly, successful companies like Cubicle Sales know they need employees to perform at high levels. We now know that a healthy employee is far more likely to be a top performer. With such a strong link between health and performance, we also know there is a reason companies get street cred for being top performers. They actually are!
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