A Fresh Approach to Employee Health and Employee Wellness Programs?

A Fresh Approach to Employee Health and Employee Wellness Programs?

A recent article in Boston Globe, A Growing Trend in Employee Well-Being addressed a new and engaging approach to both employee health and employee satisfaction.

 

An increasing trend for employers is an investment in their employees’ health and well-being. Several companies are accomplishing this by adding corporate gardens.

Employees are encouraged to take time out of the work day to spend time in, and tend, their gardens. The results have been positive, with employees reporting reduced stress levels, and improved cognitive function as a result of taking a break from their desks and screens during the day.

The food produced from the gardens is often donated, given to employees, or served in company cafeterias; Boston Medical Center’s rooftop garden is poised to produce 15,000 of food this growing season, some of which is served to hospital patients.

Research shows that employees value companies that give back to the community; an opportunity to volunteer their time in a garden from which food is donated can be seen as an employee incentive.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has installed corporate gardens in two of its campuses and is currently developing metrics to measure the positive impact they have on employees. Thus far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

  • Increasingly, businesses are considering well-being as an important employee benefit and taking measures to provide spaces to take a break during the work day.
  • Corporate gardens are becoming increasingly popular as both an employee benefit and a way to give back to the community.
  • Response to corporate gardens has been overwhelmingly positive with employees reporting lower stress levels and increased overall well-being after spending time away from a desk and in a green space.

 

To read the entire article, visit the Boston Globe here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/08/01/growing-trend-employee-well-being/dsQldxcSNtZA2fu5ng3DQM/story.html