01 May What does wellness in the workplace and Pepsi have in common?
More than you may think actually! It’s not often that you see wellness and Pepsi in the same sentence – probably never, but there is a major shift happening when it comes to wellness in the workplace and PepsiCo is right behind it.
“Leave Loudly” is the message the world giant is putting out there to their staff – with managers and leaders loudly announcing to employees when they leave work for the day. It’s just one of the workplace wellness programs PepsiCo has introduced.
Funnily, wellness is not just about your daily step count, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even having your chair at the right setting.
It’s also more than offering healthy foods and walk-and-talk meetings – it’s actually about creating a connected community.
Wellness is different for everyone and a lot of the time it really comes down to being happy and well at work, not such a shock when you consider it’s where we spend the majority of our time!
So what is wellness at work to you?
For PepsiCo it’s making sure people get home to spend time with their loved ones. Google and Zappos have also embraced innovative changes to improve happiness, productivity and well-being.
For you, it may be feeling valued at work and being part of a community, engaging with each other and having that sense of belonging.
When we feel connected and fulfilled at work, due to a collaborative environment, there is overall happiness at work.
This is when we see high productivity and a decrease in sick days and absenteeism.
It’s also about having fresh air, breakout spaces, a place to have lunch that promotes talking and sharing (that’s not at your desk!), and also encouraging people to learn and grow.
Wellness is about being in a space that brings like-minded people together who share the same values and if there is a correct answer to the question: What is wellness in the workplace … it’s “D – All of the above!”.
At our Breakfast Seminar, Creating Connected Communities, workplace wellness expert Katrina Walton, from Wellness Designs, quoted Richard Branson:
“IT’S OUR PEOPLE WHO DRIVE OUR SUCCESS, SO WE STRIVE TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND HAPPY CULTURE, AND CREATE ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH EVERYONE CAN FLOURISH…. CHOICE EMPOWERS PEOPLE TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS. THROUGH INITIATIVES LIKE WORKING FROM HOME, UNLIMITED LEAVE, INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY, AND WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE – WE TREAT OUR EMPLOYEES LIKE THE CAPABLE ADULTS THEY ARE.”
When your people are happy and healthy at work, they will drive your success. A focus on wellbeing is just one area that will help your team feel more connected – and they will actually want to do more for you. You will see a lower staff turnover too.
Other elements of a wellness culture in the workplace include touch points with employees with onboarding, rewards, recognition and development programs; celebrations for milestones and a sense of achievement and community, peer support and comradery and shared values.
Don’t under estimate the impact of the day-to-day interactions happening in your workplace – especially as a leader – because as you may know, leadership styles can influence your employees’ stress levels, job satisfaction, safety and adoption of healthy behaviours.
Leading by example, doesn’t need to be difficult, it’s more like taking a few simple steps including having a plan that helps showcase workplace wellness, engaging employees through webinars, online training and other incentives, and extending the focus out into the wider community.
When a holistic approach to wellness is taken in the workplace, it will benefit the entire community. You will see higher participation rates, higher impact on healthy behaviours and better choices.
Leading by example and showing that wellness is more than taking the stairs or eating an apple is the way forward to bring out the best in your people to increase moral, engagement and performance.