Health and wellness incentives are becoming increasingly popular across the country and the world. As a new generation of workers is joining and advancing the workforce, it’s important for companies to keep up with developing trends to ensure they get top talent. What’s more, companies can also save money on healthcare expenses by promoting healthy lifestyle trends.
While LEED and other initiatives come with their own pros and cons, it’s important to view each program with an eye on the big picture. Think about your specific company, industry, and physical environment. Rating systems like LEED and WELL can guide you in the right direction, so you’re not starting from scratch when developing a holistic employee health incentive program.
As anyone who has worked in an office in the past 20 years will tell you, office environments have evolved. Individual offices were the standard for decades, then came the sometimes dreaded and often satirized “sea of cubicles” depicted in popular culture. Most recently, the open office has drastically increased in popularity in businesses around the world. Each format has its own effects on employee wellness, and your choice should depend on many factors, including the nature of your work, your corporate culture, and even the “brand” the organization wishes to present to its workers and the world.
What about the bottom line? This also isn’t an easy question to answer. As with most decisions for a facility or office manager, it’s important to set priorities. Health and wellness should be at the top of that list, but the individual setup you decide on should be well-researched and tailored to your specific company.