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Adaptable Monitor Arms: Placing the Power of Customization in Each Employee’s Hands

The centerpiece of any office workstation are their monitors, where employees focus their attention the majority of the day. According to a study in 2018 by contact lens maker Acuvue, American office workers spend more than 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen.

And that has likely only increased, with the shift from phone-based conference calls to video conferencing during the last three years.

That’s why it’s critical for all office employees to feel empowered to set up their monitors to help them maximize their comfort and productivity.

The Trend: More Employees Are Back in Offices

More employees are back in offices than at any other time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Kastle Systems, a leading office keycard provider, offices in 10 top American cities surpassed 50% occupancy during the last full week of January 2023 — a first for any week since the shift to remote work in March 2020. Hybrid work is likely here to stay, but for the first time, the balance of that model, on a national level, tips in favor of on-site office work.

Employers can make on-site office work more appealing to hybrid workers by investing in intentional workspace design choices that help employees feel productive and efficient.

The best way to achieve this goal? Invest in adaptable monitor arms.

At-home office setups may lack monitor arms or multiple screens, with employees instead using their company-issued laptops without a docking station. As a result, employees may be compromising their health, with potential neck and shoulder pain, due to an improperly positioned screen that causes them to bend their neck downward for an extended period of time.

Employers who seek to make office workstations superior to at home options should offer a multi-monitor setup that puts control in the hands of employees to do their best work, especially for tasks that require comparisons of data or information and those that would normally require switching between applications and/or tabs on a single monitor.

Case Study of the Trend: Baxter Credit Union

One employer that recognized the importance of adaptable monitor arms is Baxter Credit Union (BCU). With more than 300,000 members, BCU is one of the country’s fastest growing credit unions, and it needed its corporate headquarters to keep up with its recent growth.

In 2020, BCU expanded its main offices in Vernon Hills, Illinois, into the adjacent building to create a full corporate campus. For the next two years amid the global pandemic and construction and supply delays, BCU worked to build out the new three-floor office space to house more than 260 employees.

In the new space, BCU sought to create more comfortable workstations with greater employee autonomy over the space in which they work. The credit union chose to move away from the typical 8×8 workstations with high-panel walls to a more open floor plan that prioritized comfortable, height-adjustable workstations.

To meet the needs of employees at these various workspaces, BCU decided to invest in Fellowes’ Edge2-MS monitor arms that balanced sufficient adjustability for employee preferences with simple, seamless installation. BCU’s monitor arm investment allowed employees to easily transition their workstations from sit to stand, and users of hoteling stations can easily adjust their monitors based on their individual preferences.

In the post-pandemic work environment where workers demand a more customized and adaptable workspace to differentiate in-office work from remote work, this kind of in-the-moment adjustability is key to keeping them productive, efficient and “in the zone.”

What to Look for in Adaptable Monitor Arms

The vast number of monitor arm options can feel overwhelming for the purchaser, for such a seemingly straightforward workspace accessory. To help, we’ve created this list of the top five features to look for in monitor arms when working with a dealer.

  1. Seek out options that offer fast, intuitive installation with no special tools or disassembly required. These options should also offer maximum adjustability to change the angle, height and orientation of monitors to meet the preferences of any employee.

  2. The most adaptable products offer a range of motion and slider capabilities to avoid overlap or gaps between monitors and ensure that screens are the proper distance away from the user.

  3. Monitor arms should match the style and aesthetics of the workspace, without compromising functionality. Look for elevated design and finish options, including standard, in-trend and premium finishes.
  1. Any product that is BIFMA compliant will ensure it is durable, safe and meets established industry standards.

  2. Get peace of mind when you buy from a dependable company with a strong warranty and service programs.

Improved IAQ, Improved Employee WELL-BEING

Employee wellness programs have long been growing in popularity, having become almost standard for larger corporations. According to Zippia, 83% of companies with 200 or more employees offer wellness programs and benefits such as free gym memberships, rewards, incentives and more.

While they’re a great perk for employees, these wellness programs tend to focus on surface-level benefits and don’t take steps to address deeper, more holistic well-being for employees.

What is workplace well-being?

Workplace well-being extends beyond corporate wellness programs to address all aspects of worklife, ranging from the quality and safety of a work environment to how employees actually feel about the work they do. Companies incorporate well-being into their corporate structure through programs like flexible scheduling, enhanced return-to-work programs and a physical workplace that puts well-being at its center. Well-being used to be a “nice-to-have” for companies, if it was incorporated at all. Now, accelerated by COVID-19’s impact on the global workforce, employers carry a higher level of responsibility for their employees’ well-being.

Air is vital to well-being

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critical part of workplace well-being that affects the physical health and performance of employees, but is usually not addressed in corporate wellness programs. Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two-to-five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.

According to a recent survey conducted by Fellowes, only 36% of employees describe the indoor air in their current workplace as “very clean.” Surveyed employees were at least somewhat concerned about contracting COVID-19 (73%), allergy symptoms (71%), contracting other viruses (68%), headaches (66%) and fatigue (65%) due to poor IAQ in their buildings.

A greater focus on well-being, like improving air quality in the workplace, can have immense benefits to employees as well as a company’s bottom line. Research has shown that when organizations support the well-being of their people, they can experience lower turnover and burnout, as well as greater employee engagement. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, cleaner indoor air is linked to increased cognition and productivity—plus, the protection against illness and pollutants can help reduce employee absenteeism.

Prioritizing workplace well-being, including investing in IAQ, can significantly increase a corporation’s stock value over time as well. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that analyzed stock values for a portfolio of companies that received high scores in a corporate health and wellness self-assessment found that they appreciated by 235%, compared with the S&P 500 Index appreciation of 159% over a six-year simulation period. Making these investments in well-being now, such as a proper IAQ and air purification programs, can have immense financial benefits for an organization down the road.

IAQ can also play a role in an organization’s environment, social and governance (ESG) efforts. Better air quality is closely interwoven within the ESG framework, as it can address environmental factors like climate change and pollution as well as improve employee health. Focusing investment on enhancing your organization’s IAQ is an ideal method to improve employee well-being in a way that also aligns with ESG standards.


Teachers want – and need – IAQ programs

All employees that work indoors can benefit from improved IAQ, but teachers in particular are a group significantly impacted by the quality of the air they breathe at work. Teachers work in high-occupancy classrooms that are often hotspots for the spread of illness, and normally do not have opportunities to be outdoors during the day. Unlike a typical office employee who may be able to work from home when they or their coworkers are sick, teachers and their students suffer greatly from absenteeism, which in turn contributes to learning loss.

With a young population under their care, teachers tend to be more concerned about IAQ than other workers. According to a survey of K-12 educators conducted by Fellowes, 98% of educators believe clean air should be a right for all students and employees, compared to 91% of surveyed office employees.

There is nearly universal agreement among teachers that IAQ is an important part of workplace well-being that must be addressed: 97% of teachers surveyed believe that clean air helps them perform their best work and has a direct impact on how students perform in the classroom. Unfortunately, just 37% of respondents agreed that their school is planning to make IAQ improvements in their classroom, even after the pandemic demonstrated how important clean air is to health and learning. In 2022, the CDC found that fewer than one-third of schools were using portable HEPA filtration systems in classrooms, lunchrooms and other high-risk areas.

Just like businesses see positive impacts on their employees and business success when they incorporate workplace well-being, teachers and their students can benefit from IAQ and other well-being efforts in their classrooms. The EPA reports that better IAQ is linked to higher student productivity,   improved test scores and lower absenteeism rates. School boards and districts should consider implementing air purification and other IAQ improvements not only to benefit the health and safety of students, but to also provide a better working environment for their staff that puts well-being first.

To learn more about the air purification solutions that can benefit your organization’s well-being, visit

Fellowes Survey Reveals Teacher Opinions on Classroom Indoor Air Quality

Fellowes, with partnership of WeAreTeachers, conducted a survey of over 1,000 teachers regarding their perception of the air quality in their classrooms. The results show that teachers need and expect clean air not only for their own performance but of that of their students.

Because teachers work in high occupancy classrooms that are often hotspots for the spread of illness, 97% of agree that they can benefit significantly from the incorporation of IAQ into workplace well-being programs. Unfortunately, only 37% of teachers believe that their school is currently planning to make the necessary IAQ improvements to their classroom.


Modular Walls: A Workspace Solution For Changing Construction Trends and Workforce Needs.

Office occupancy nationwide is at nearly 50% each week on average according to Kastle Systems, a leader in office keycard entry services. That figure represents a steady increase from a year ago, as more employees return to the office at least some of the time. But the return to in-person work doesn’t mean the same pre-pandemic office structure is ideal for these employees. Many have become accustomed to some aspects of remote work, and they prioritize different things from their office space than they did years ago.

According to a recent survey conducted by Fellowes Brands, employees prefer private spaces in the office over collaborative spaces: more than half (58%) of office workers surveyed said that private space was very important for them to do their best work, while only 32% said the same was true for collaborative spaces.

This data is a departure from the era of open concept offices that many businesses continue to use today, and is likely in part influenced by the era of remote work. Employees were given autonomy over their workspaces while working from home during the pandemic, and they have come to prioritize privacy and a level of control over their workspace.

With on-premises work back in the mix, businesses should align themselves with the changing priorities of their workforce to ensure that employees can perform their best work while in the office. Physical changes to the office must go beyond aesthetics to focus on the productivity and satisfaction of employees and the ability to adapt to their evolving needs.

The good news for businesses is that updating an office space does not require large-scale renovations or investing in new construction.

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association’s (BIFMA) “S&P Global Industry Outlook” reported that commercial construction is expected to drop by 15% in 2023. Design work on existing structures is also at a record high of 52%, signaling that businesses are increasingly opting to adapt their current spaces instead of investing in new construction. Additionally, lease terms have increased over the last 12 months, growing to 9.1 years on average, according to JLL’s “Office Outlook Q3 2022”—keeping more businesses locked into their current office spaces for the long haul.

With these trends in mind, businesses should look to adapt their current office space to ensure it provides a functional workplace that helps employees do their best work, while remaining cost-effective and adaptable to changes in future workplace trends. Modular walls are an excellent solution for businesses to upgrade existing office space to meet the changing needs of the American workforce, without the need for major renovations or new construction.

With on-premises work back in the mix, businesses should align themselves with the changing priorities of their workforce to ensure that employees can perform their best work while in the office. Physical changes to the office must go beyond aesthetics to focus on the productivity and satisfaction of employees and the ability to adapt to their evolving needs.

Why modular walls?

Modular walls offer a variety of benefits without the high cost and long lead time of renovations or new construction. Modular walls can:

  • Quickly create private work areas to address the new priorities for employees. With quick installation, modular walls can transform open office space into more private offices or quiet rooms that employees prefer.
  • Make versatile spaces that are more useful to the hybrid workforce. As more businesses adopt a hybrid work model, modular walls can be used to restructure existing space to meet the specific needs of your team. They can be used to create coworking spaces, smaller meeting rooms for reduced numbers, or quiet areas where an employee without an office can take time to do focused individual work.
  • Easily update and modernize existing workspaces to avoid high cost of constructing new buildings or large scale renovation. Modular walls make impactful upgrades to an office while minimizing installation time, with no large-scale renovation needed. The time savings of modular 3 wall installation over constructing new walls or a completely new office space are significant, which can be critical to keeping your business running smoothly as you redesign.
  • Install with less labor and construction waste than building permanent walls. Without the need to hire a large construction crew that will spend days or weeks building permanent walls and offices, modular walls save a significant amount of labor costs, disruptions and downtime for your business. Plus, the simple installation significantly reduces traditional construction waste, making modular walls a much more sustainable option.
  • Flexibly change over time with the size and needs of your workforce. Businesses can remove and relocate modular walls without demolition and with minimal impact on floors and ceilings. And it’s easy to change the clear glass walls of a meeting room to the solid walls of a private office, add new offices as your workforce expands, and even install new walls with different colors or finishes to reflect changes in your company’s branding.

The pandemic made it clear that workplace trends can change significantly, and in ways we can’t always predict. Modular walls are an excellent way to effectively upgrade your office space and meet the needs of your employees as they change, without the high cost or permanence of renovation or new construction. To learn more about the modular wall solutions available and the benefits they can provide your office space, visit Fellowes Brands.

New Survey Highlights Important of Privacy and Flexibility in Today’s Office Space

American office occupancy hit a post-pandemic high in mid-October according to Kastle Systems, as U.S. workers adapt to the new workplace trends and find a hybrid model that works for them. While workers may be back at their desks, their old workplace preferences may not be what they once were.

The increase in remote and hybrid work in the past few years has given many American office workers a chance to learn what they value in their workspace and the type of working environment that brings them the most success.

Fellowes Brands conducted a survey of American office workers that provided some insight into how offices can leverage workspace design to address the dynamic needs of their employees. Notably, the survey found that 58% of office workers said access to a private work area at their office is very important to producing their best work. Unfortunately, just 35% of respondents completely agree that their employers currently provide a workspace where they can concentrate and produce their best work.

Nearly half (45%) of survey respondents reported they continue to work in a hybrid model (working from home at least one day a week), which places in-person offices in competition with home offices and other remote working locations. The autonomy and flexibility that hybrid employees experience in their remote workspace is guiding their in-office workspace preferences: greater privacy and more adaptable work areas are paramount for an employee to feel they can do their best work.

So, how can employers address this deficit to ensure their workplace is one where employees want to work and can feel their most productive?

Forgo open floor plans and low-height cubicles in favor of modular office spaces that offer more privacy.

Because American workers prioritize private work areas twice as much as collaborative spaces, it’s critical that employers provide access to more private spaces that employees can use to focus. Adding more private work areas into a space doesn’t have to be a floor-to-ceiling renovation, either: Fellowes’ moveable wall solutions can transform an open floor plan into private spaces without major construction, and can adapt as the needs of your organization change over time.

Focus on flexibility.

According to the survey, most American workers desire flexibility in their desk setup (82%) and computer monitor setup (80%) to produce their best work. Provide a variety of desk and monitor solutions to fit the varying needs of your workforce, and communicate to employees that they should feel empowered to make their workspace work for them. Check out Fellowes’ desk and monitor arms for inspiration into how to offer a flexible space for employees when they’re in the office.

Get employee feedback – and apply it.

Just 24% of respondents completely agree that their employer cares about their input when setting up personal employee work areas. With such little confidence in their voice being heard, it’s not surprising that many employees may prefer a remote work setup where they can have greater autonomy. To understand your workforce’s changing needs, ask for feedback from your employees on a consistent basis, and prioritize your investments to be in line with what your workforce says will make them feel the most successful.

Creating a workspace where employees feel their best helps them get “in the zone” to do their best work, which translates to greater productivity for your organization. Small changes to your office space or individual workspaces can make a significant difference to an employees’ productivity. Contact Fellowes today to get started on building the ideal workspace for yo

Five Ways to Get Moving at Work

It’s all about micro-movements.

standing desk wellness

Micro-movements are incremental movements you can make throughout the day that can benefit your overall health. Think of how many times you could add to your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking a little farther from the office. These simple micro-movements contribute to everyday activity, combating the sedentary lifestyle that comes with office work.

The Science of Micro-movements

NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, suggests that it takes energy to move even the smallest muscle. Polly de Mille, RN, an exercise physiologist with the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City gives an example: “you burn about 1.5 calories per minute just lying still while your body performs its most basic functions.” Go from lying down to sitting in a chair and answering email, and you’ll burn 25 percent more calories.” 1 Adding micro-movements to your nine-to-five routine makes the calorie-burning process a day-long event.

Micro-Movement Activities You Can Perform at Work

  1. Stand More While You Work

Regular transitions from sitting to standing and back again maintains flexibility and improves circulation. On average standing can increase your heart rate by about 10 beats per minute higher than sitting and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute. That burns up to about 50 calories an hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories! Sit-stand workstations help make standing a part of your daily routine. Find a sit-stand solution that fits your work space.

  1. Workout at Your Desk

Simple exercises you perform at your desk can burn calories, increase flexibility and improve well-being. Turning your workstation into a workout is an easy, no-sweat approach to exercise.

  • Lean back and lift your feet with legs straight, then bend your knees toward your chest, then straighten again. Do three sets of 20 reps and burn up to 75 calories.
  • Working your stomach muscles at your desk. Simply clench your stomach muscles for about 8 seconds Two sets of this activity for 8 reps will burn 100 calories.
  • See the top five deskercising activities.
  1. Take Walk Breaks

A study by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition found that frequent, brief walking breaks were more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work. Just five-minute walks throughout the workday can lift your mood, reduce lethargy and improve overall health.

  1. It’s Okay to Fidget

Fidgeting was once frowned upon, but no more. Tapping a foot, wiggling in your office chair may seem odd, but Iowa State University researchers found that those who frequently fidgeted, were burning an additional 300 calories per day compared to those who remained seated and still.

  1. Take Time to Stretch

Frequent stretching keeps a proper blood and nutrient supply to the working muscles and tissues. Taking a stretch breaks prevents fatigue and discomfort and reduces stress.

Put Your Activity on Schedule

If you need reminders to move, set an alarm on your phone or on your computer. Five minutes every 30 minutes using any of the activities mentioned is an easy way to get moving this spring.



Fellowes Brands Acquires ESI Ergonomic Solutions.

Itasca, IL November 14, 2017-Fellowes Brands, a global leader in business products since 1917, announced today its acquisition of ESI Ergonomic Solutions, of Phoenix, Arizona.  ESI is a leading provider of monitor arms, height adjustable tables, sit-stand workstations, lighting, and other ergonomic. solutions which promote a healthy working environment. The combination of Fellowes Brands and ESI advances Fellowes Brands’ strategic expansion toward broad business solutions that help professionals be at their best through organization, productivity and wellness.

Earlier this year Fellowes launched the Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation which was recognized with an Industrial Designers Society of America Award for its innovative design. In July, Fellowes took an equity position in Posturite, a U.K. Based Ergonomic Furniture Company. The ESI acquisition represents Fellowes’ commitment to further strengthen its position in the growing office wellness space.

“We are excited to welcome the ESI Ergonomic Solutions team into the Fellowes Brands family.  ESI is a high-growth company serving the increasingly health conscious professional who is seeking a work environment which promotes wellness.” notes John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands. “ESI principally serves the contract furniture market which nicely complements Fellowes strength in the business products channel.  ESI strategically expands our portfolio and further establishes Fellowes as an emerging leader of workplace wellness solutions both in the US and internationally.”

Carol and John Keogh have been owners of ESI for the past 20 years.  They have built a culture of dynamic growth and strong partnerships.  “We are very pleased that we have been able to find a partner like Fellowes which shares common business values and an entrepreneurial spirit to drive the business forward. As we move into the next phase of life, it gives us confidence that the business will continue to grow and prosper and our people will have great opportunities”, commented Carol Keogh.

ESI will continue to operate from Phoenix, Arizona, under the leadership of Mark Rhoades, who joined ESI as President 2 years ago. “The ESI team is proud to be a part of the Fellowes family of brands. We look forward to the continued leverage of ESI’s outstanding independent rep sales force and strong dealer relationships.” stated Rhoades. Fellowes envisions ESI continuing as a channel specific division serving the contract office furniture segment.

About Fellowes:

Celebrating its 100th year under the ownership and executive leadership of the Fellowes family, Fellowes Brands is a global leader of broad based business solutions which help office workers be their best. Based in Itasca, Illinois, USA, about half of Fellowes revenues come from international markets.  For more information, please visit:

Media Contacts:

Jeff Dryfhout, Vice President, Global Branding

1789 Norwood Avenue Itasca, IL 60143-1095

Phone: 1-630-539-5642

Are You Less Active Than Your Grandpa? You might be if you work in an office.

standing desks keep you young

We think of our grandparents to be at a stage of life where a sedentary afternoon spent sitting down is understandable and acceptable. Yet with the growth of digital technology at the workplace, sitting still for long hours is no longer reserved for the elderly.

Recent research from Edinburgh shows that many desk jobs lead office workers to spend up to thirty minutes more sitting down each day than members of our  retired population. That means most of us with desk-bound careers are more sedentary than those over 75.

The study revealed that middle-age men especially vulnerable to senior-level immobility, spending close to half an hour longer in their desk chairs every day of the work week. Working women under 45 are not far behind their male cohorts, spending only six minutes less than seniors sitting away the work day.

Don’t Let Your Body Take an Early Retirement

Take short, active breaks. Go for a walk. That pedometer app on your smartphone comes in handy for helping you realize how little you move. Use it to motivate extra steps throughout the day.

Engage with a standing desk workstation all day long. Standing up gets the blood flowing and keeps the body stimulated. When you feel that two PM slump coming on after lunch, stand up and work. The body intuitively associates stillness with sleep. Standing up with a sit-stand desk prevents you from nodding off like grandpa.

Stretch, bend, and move in place. You don’t have to run a marathon around the office to stay active. Use micro-movements like stretching exercises to stay flexible and keep feeling productive.


Adjustable vs. Static Standing Desks

adjustable standing desk

Many static standing desks seem to be a simple and economical fix for those who want to stand and work. However, a lack of adjustability can do more harm than good. Here’s why:

Pain Points of Static Standing Desks

  1. Static standing desks cannot adjust to your height, leading to a stooping posture if you are to tall or an unnatural positioning of the arms to reach “up” to the keyboard if you are of shorter stature. In both instances, back pain, neck pain and arm pain may be the result.
  2. Ergonomists recommend that when at a standing desk, elbows should be at a 90 degree angle, virtually impossible if your standing desk does not adjust. Eventually incidents of elbow, wrist and arm strain may start to occur.
  3. Your fingers should be gently touching the keyboard for optimal comfort. Without the freedom to adjust your keyboard tray at a static standing desk, you will be adjusting to your keyboard’s rigid position, leading you down the path of carpal tunnel issues.
  4. Even with standard workstations, monitors should be adjusted so that your eyes look across the top third of the screen. Most likely, with static standing desks, you will be raising or drooping your head and neck to see your computer screen, which may explain persistent neck pains and headaches you experience when using your desk.

Adjustability Should Be Effortless

Standing desks that effortlessly adjust to any position allow you to position your work surface to you, not you to it.  The Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation features Smooth Lift Technology, which allows you to easily and effortlessly adjust to 22 different heights and 17″ of vertical height adjustment. Perfectly match your height and stature so you can avoid the pain of a fixed work surface.




Creating A Corporate Wellness Strategy: Six Key Points to a Healthier Employee



Research has revealed that healthy employees are not only more productive but also save a company money in healthcare costs.  A study by Harvard University researchers who reviewed 36 studies of corporate wellness programs found that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, the company’s absenteeism-related costs fell about $2.73. One meta-analysis of 42 corporate wellness studies also found a 25% reduction in sick leave and absenteeism, a 25% reduction in health costs, and a 32% reduction in worker’s disability costs and compensation. These significant findings have led many HR specialists searching for the ideal wellness program to fit their company.1

Selecting a Wellness Program Provider Who Customizes

Whatever program you choose, it is important that the wellness provider has the flexibility to adapt to your company’s needs. Health guidelines and motivational wellness objectives have to fit workers within every specific company. Goals that are set too high can discourage employee engagement and expectations set too low can fail to inspire. All wellness program parameters, however, should include some form of these six key points which have produced some of the most successful wellness outcomes for corporations.

Redesigning the Workplace for Wellness

Incorporating sit-stand workstations and ergonomic upgrades into the office contributes to greater productivity and comfort–all of which improves mood and energy levels. Adding healthy snacks to workplace cafeterias and break rooms can also help transform a  grazing mentality to greater awareness about nutrition. Offering performance incentives such as a FitBits and pedometers and organizing company sponsored “group walks” also integrates wellness into the corporate culture.

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Seeing the World in a Healthy Light

Much of wellness is helping employees become enlightened about their personal health. By offering cholesterol screenings and BMI evaluations, employees can learn where they are falling short in terms of healthy choices. Many may not even visit a doctor regularly. Educating staff on healthy guidelines in terms of cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar is the first step toward a healthier life for a company’s workforce.

The Perks of Prevention

Helping employees take preventative steps for better health may include offering free seasonal flu shots, recommending certain age-based tests like colonoscopies or gender-based tests like breast exams. Defining how often they should consult with a physician for regular exams makes healthy living a year-round goal that not only benefits them but also reduces absenteeism and keeps healthcare costs low for a company.

Stamping Out Smoking

Though smoking has drastically declined over the years, there are still many who remain shackled by the unhealthy habit. Punishing them with higher health insurance costs only keeps them on the fringe of wellness. Instead, offer free cessation programs with counseling and incentives to help them embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Ending Obesity

Obesity continues to be one of the leading causes of many serious diseases in the US. Many employees struggling with a weight problem may wish to lose weight but may not know where to begin. Weight loss programs including Zumba classes, nutrition consultation and even discounts to weight loss clinics and fitness centers can help motivate employees towards a fitter life.

Diffusing Unhealthy Stress

Extreme stress can offset all the efforts of even the healthiest individual. Providing methods of stress management including meditation, yoga, or professional assistance with personal matters outside the workplace all contribute to the well-being and loyalty of your employees.