While I was growing up, my parents never took sick days. It wasn’t that they didn’t get sick, they did; it was more that staying at home wasn’t an option. Their principle was simple: come rain or shine, you went to work (or in my case, school) and got on with it. It was only when I started to work in the corporate sector that I realised that many people don’t share this work ethic.
The last company I worked was a software company, and they had created a human resource system that allowed employers to track when their employees did take “sickies”. What, for many people, initially seemed like random days off, actually followed a very set pattern.
Certain employees would take time off on a Monday (sleeping off the excesses of the weekend), some would take a few days off every 30 days (that time of the month), some would succumb to flus during the cold season (poor immunity), while others were just sickly the majority of the time.
There’s no question that all these problems can be minimised with a good corporate wellness programme. So that’s what this is.
In short, healthier employees means fewer sick days and better productivity when they’re there. What's more,these employees are also much more likely to stay with the company.
- Talks and seminars: Either on a regular basis (as part of an ongoing wellness programme) or just occasionally.
- On-site individual consultations: A good option for senior managers whose schedules may not allow for seminars.
- Full-day Workshops: Nutrition seminars are complemented with afternoon of stress-relieving yoga.
- Canteen Menus: Whether it’s for everyday eating or specific events.
- Health Newsletters:Tailored to the content of your choice.
- Q&A sessions: Immensely popular in helping to set straight some of the conflicting information from the media.