Is Workplace Wellness Contagious?
It comes as no surprise to find out that habits tend to rub off. When we start dating someone seriously, it is expected to share some your hobbies with your significant others, which they may or may not embrace. It may also be a little more subconscious; say you had a stressful day at work and when you get home the kids are fighting, the dishes aren’t done, and the dog keeps tipping over the plants. Your poor mood may have an effect on those around you, perceived or not.
Companies are taking note when it comes to the notion of “what goes around comes around.” Many offices are implementing wellness plans in order to stimulate the group to become healthier together. Weekly workout classes, walking groups, and weight loss challenges are becoming the norm at businesses across the country. This in turn could lead to lower healthcare costs, and higher overall productivity.
If your office does not have a wellness initiative, take charge of it yourself. As mentioned earlier, habits tend to rub off so you may actually improve your colleagues’ health in addition to your own. For example, if you notice a lot of people going out to lunch frequently, try brown bagging to set a good example. Even a bi-weekly lunch potluck could metaphorically stir the pot. Keeping hydrated is important at all times of the time, but especially at work. If coffee or soda is the norm where you work, bring a cool refillable water bottle and actually drink water. Who knows, it may catch on.
It may be difficult to resist the temptations that others put out, such as candy stashes or invitations to dine out with the software people. It is fine to engage in these pleasures now and again, just don’t overdo it. You won’t be a hypocrite, as long as you continue your regiment of healthy living. Invite your friends at work to eat outside with you one day – everyone brown bags it and enjoys a nice day in the sun. This is an easy way to get people interested in your specific choices and get a bit of vitamin D at the same time.