How Internal Wellness Programs Can Help Your Corporate Environment

Health and wellness are hot topics in today’s culture and have become an important part of company culture as well. Many are adjusting their eating, exercise and stress management habits to live a better and longer life. But forming these healthy habits don’t just create benefits for people’s personal lives, they can see positive changes within their professional life as well.

Companies are choosing to encourage employees to lead healthier lifestyles by creating wellness programs for all to participate in. Whether it’s a full-fledged program in an on-site gym, or simpler program like a Fitbit competition, group walk at lunch, or a midday stretch, there are plenty of benefits to be seen by a company when it invests in its employees’ well-being.

Below find 4 reasons why you should consider a wellness program for your company:

1. Higher rates of retention. When companies build a culture based around support for employee well-being, studies show that 83% of employees enjoy their work more and 91% of employees are less likely to leave the company.

2. Increased productivity. Associates who exercise regularly see an increase in concentration, which, in turn, helps increase productivity and performance during the workday.

3. Better atmosphere. Developing healthier habits improve moods and decrease stress amongst associates. This creates a better working environment that fosters good relationships and a collaborative culture.

4. More employee engagement. Participation and engagement can be difficult to develop when it comes to organizations and their employees. Constructing a wellness program can be an easy way for employees to engage and connect more to the company and people that they work with.

Want to increase engagement with a wellness program at your company? Tribe can help.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

It’s Not Email That Wastes Time. It’s Poor Email Practices.

HiResEmployees spend 28 percent of their time managing email, according to McKinsey. If we consider email just another channel, like the phone and the intranet, then email is one of the ways people get work done. Yet in Tribe’s research and client work, employees consistently complain of email wasting their time.

The problem lies not in email itself, but in inefficient email practices. Those sending emails often make poor use of the To and CC lines, use vague subject lines and write long and rambling missives instead of clear and concise emails. Employees aren’t processing their incoming emails effectively, and find themselves bogged down in their inbox, letting messages collect there until they can figure out what to do with them or how to respond. In workplaces everywhere, employees are missing important emails because they’re overwhelmed with so many that don’t concern them at all.

It’s also easy to let email interrupt your concentration on work that requires real focus. The constant stimulation of incoming messages offers ongoing distraction from the job at hand. The studies on how long it takes to get back on task after an interruption suggest that this isn’t a very productive way to work.

In an attempt to eliminate those distractions, one company banned email completely. story in Fast Company described CEO Cristian Rennella outlawing all internal emails in his South American travel company. Instead, employees sign into a custom project management site that uses absolutely no notifications. The system is what Renella describes as “pull methodology” instead of “push,” since employees decide when they’re ready to read communications and field questions and requests from their co-workers.

The cultures of most companies might not support that “whenever” approach to response time. For those companies, Tribe would recommend training on efficient email practices to quickly and efficiently communicate with colleagues internally.

Does that sound like something your company needs? Tribe can help.

Increasing Productivity through Internal Branding

Start with your internal brand.

First comes the messaging. This is an integral part of building a strong internal brand. You need to clearly define your company values and solidify what key messages you want to promote. This will help your company establish common goals, brand ambassadors and training programs.

You must establish a strong internal voice. Once you have a clear definition of your values that your employees can embody and embrace, you then need to establish what your employees are to do with it. That’s the meat and potatoes of internal branding, and it’s the solid foundation upon which all employee engagement programs should rest. But that’s just the psychological side of it.

Next comes the unification of the brand – visually. Developing the look and feel of your brand is just as integral to a company’s success as its core values. If you want to increase productivity, you need to create the visuals to support it. You’ve unified your minds, now it’s essential to unify how your brand will look.

Step One: Define your brand through messaging and values.

Step Two: Create a visual identity.

Step Three: Make a library of elements available company wide.

Step Four: Put them on your intranet or website.

Step Five: Sit back and watch the creativity unleash itself.

Creating items like logo libraries, font libraries, image libraries, color palettes, and document templates, and then making them readily available to all, will streamline employee productivity by providing easy access to the tools employees need to successfully communicate within the parameters of your internal brand standards.

Productivity increases when employees have a clear vision and understanding of the company they work for. It helps them build a level of confidence within their role and makes them more efficient as members of your organization.