BY RACHEL SPENSIERI
With the new year, many people have resolved
to improve their overall wellness. Similarly, many
businesses are considering ways they can help their
employees stay happy, healthy, and satisfied with
their jobs in 2016.
“During the recession, the workforce was generally
thankful just to have a paycheck,” said Dorothy
Rogers-Bullis, owner of drb Business Interiors, a
workspace design firm located in Saratoga Springs.
“Now that the economy has turned around, employers
can’t take that top talent for granted.”
Indeed, a 2014 LinkedIn study found that over
three-quarters of the global workforce was actively
or passively looking for a new job, so companies
have to up their game to keep the best-of-the-best
on their team.
The way to employees’ hearts may just be, well,
through the heart. Rogers-Bullis increasingly
notices that one approach her clients’ are using
to encourage employee retention is with wellness
programs. But today’s workplace health initiatives
go way beyond putting a gym in the building.
From hiring nutritionists to work with the cafeteria
food service staff to bringing in a yoga teacher for
lunchtime Zen sessions, companies are coming
to understand the sorts of perks that truly make
employees loyal and even improve productivity.