The average person will spend approximately 1/3 of their life at work, so it is safe to say that the workplace can have a huge impact on quality of life. Some of the challenges many individuals face are finding the time to integrate physical fitness into their daily routine and focusing on mental and emotional health. Our employees are the backbone and success of Bank of Southern California, which is why we believe in proactively encouraging and promoting healthier lifestyles and attitudes. Scientific research on the impact of workplace wellness has been conducted for decades and researchers have collected an overwhelming amount of data to support the benefits of corporate wellness.
We are committed to providing the best resources and practices essential to living a healthy life– in and out of the office.
1. Boost Morale
Having wellness practices in the workplace can help inspire important behavior changes– one of them being positivity. By integrating mindfulness and healthy habits into everyday work life, individuals can start focusing on positive change, driven by motivation to live a better life and keep up with peers.
2. Increase Productivity
Having poor productivity can be classified as physically being at work but not working. There can be many reasons for poor productivity in the workplace, especially when it becomes increasingly demanding; however, employees who are given the resources and support to succeed, work more efficiently. Research across numerous industries has found that increased satisfaction at work is directly linked with greater productivity.
3. Lower Healthcare Costs
Regarding finances, employees are often positively impacted by workplace wellness programs and practices. It may be obvious that living a healthier life can prevent illnesses and help you save on healthcare costs; however, the benefits of employee wellbeing overtime can also reduce healthcare benefit costs for employers.
4. Reduce Elevated Health Risks
By implementing workplace wellness practices, employees can adopt healthy behaviors such as clean diets and exercise. A few years ago, a randomized clinical trial designed to help people improve their nutrition and physical activity resulted in improvements in health risks in as few as six weeks. Those who maintain healthy behaviors experience lower health risks for six weeks, six months, 12 months, and even out to 18 months after this program began.
5. Decreased Stress
An unbalanced work/life relationship contributes to stress in more ways than we know. Long commutes, surprise deadlines, inflexible work hours, email marathons and back-to-back meetings all contribute to the strain and anxiety felt in the workplace. The reality is that stress and work pressure are leading contributors to many health problems. Avoid adding to employee stress with inefficient and frustrating policies or overwhelming workloads and use the above suggestions to cultivate a positive and supportive workplace culture.
At Bank of Southern California, our mission is to make a difference—not just in the lives of our clients, but also our employees. Our company is proud to be a conscious employer of workplace wellness and employee wellbeing. As an organization, we feel it is our responsibility to implement a series of activities, resources and education to increase healthy habits and mindfulness. Designating appropriate workloads, having regular meetings with managers, addressing negativity in the workplace and recognizing success are also ways we ensure a safe, supportive and positive environment for all employees.
Bank of Southern California is a leading community business bank headquartered in San Diego. Learn more about our work culture here.