Stressed out, burned out, unproductive, and unhealthy. These words have been used to describe the American workforce. In December of 2017, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace reported that 85% of all employees were either not engaged or actively disengaged while in the workplace.
This means even though employees are physically at work, their minds are elsewhere. Demonstrated in negatives attitudes about their jobs, complaints of being overworked or over stressed, poor lifestyle choices, and/or contentious relationships with work colleagues.
The bottom line is that disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity, according to Gallup. These employee stats are alarming, but do provide a glimpse on the importance of supporting the health and productivity of our workforce.
But all is not lost. With commitment and conscious effort from leadership teams, changes can begin to enhance the overall productivity and well-being of the employees and the company.
It starts by considering a creative way to strengthen the health, efficiency, and engagement in your staff, while simultaneously strengthening the overall health and culture of the company. Wellness travel can do just this through educatonal trainings at company retreats, sales groups, and board meetings.
How Wellness Travel Works
Wellness travel is traveling with a focus on enhancing mental and physical well-being. Rather than sitting in a conference room all day and then having a group dinner at night, with a “rinse and repeat” the next day, wellness travel incorporates planned activities directly into the meeting agenda. These activities include moving the body and clearing the mind, time to relax and recharge, as well as providing nourishing healthy food options. Thus creating opportunities to promoting teamwork and enhancing creativity, while supporting health. These changes are achieved on an individual employee level and on a company level.
Employee Wellness Benefits
As an organization, employers are able to directly and positively impact employees’ overall health, as well as reverse damage from stress, burnout, and disengagement. Additional benefits to employees after wellness travels include:
Continuation of healthier lifestyles
Decreased absences due to illnesses
Increased focus, creativity, and productivity at work
Enhanced collaboration with other team members and management
Better attitudes and engagement in work roles.
By focusing on the wellness of the VOI (value on investment), organizations will experience new opportunities to thrive and expand by demonstrating a culture of care and concern about the associated employees and their health. Further benefits to businesses and their teams include:
Creating high-performing teams that have aligned focus and drive Enhancing long-term sustainability of the business
Boosting morale and loyalty
Promoting learning and growth
Nurturing employees’ commitment to the company and its mission and vision
Developing a company culture that can attract great talent
By investing back in your employees by deliberately choosing training and educational programs that include health, you are showing employees your commitment to their well-being both inside and outside of the office, while strengthening the overall business.