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A Day For your Employees!

DesiHi, my name is Desiree Winkel, owner and founder of Fitness Coaching. I've been working for years now with Martijn Steffens, a manual therapist who runs his office in the same studio as mine. We work with clients, who are in pain, need to exercise and want to get healthy.

Why promote healthy work environments? Sint Maarten workers spend an average of 8.5 hours a day at work and commuting to and from work! The workplace is an ideal setting for promoting healthy behaviors and preventing disability and disease through healthy, safe work environments. Moreover, healthy workplaces are good for business. Healthy work environments improve productivity and reduce costs related to absenteeism, lost productivity, turnover, workers' compensation, and medical and disability claims.

We at Fitness Coaching by Desiree Winkel give advice, inform and enable the creation of healthier workplaces. Fitness Coaching can design a wellness program for your company that offers businesses and organizations the support they need to create healthy workplaces. We can come to your business; inspect the work situation and help make healthy changes or design a program for your employees to learn how to prepare their day at the office. If your company is in need of a teambuilding event, we can do so for you too – a fun event where employers and employees can do some teambuilding.

I don't need to explain to you how important it is to have happy employees. But even more important is the fact that your employees will like their job more and thus will give their 100% during the day.

Here are some examples of the benefits:

1. Think positively

Positive psychology shows that when you think positively, you're happier and more productive. Alternatively, if you're thinking negatively, you will attract negativity into your life. This is also known as the law of attraction. The benefits of positive thinking go beyond just being happy, and can actually rewire your brain to develop new skills.

2. Give feedback to the manager

Employees aren't the only ones that need feedback. Managers often need to hear how they're doing, and how they can improve. If you think your manager is not as attentive as they should be, call them out on it in a polite way of course. The manager will appreciate your honesty, and you'll both feel better.

3. Drink water instead of cola

The effects of soda to your body are almost too scary to think about. The damage done is so severe, and even the diet versions don't work. Also, there is so much sugar in cola, that you will end up crashing mid-afternoon. If you want to be productive and healthier, choose water over cola. Your stomach will thank you for it.

4. Solve a situation

You should be recognized and rewarded if you solve an issue inside your organization. Not only that, but you should feel proud of yourself. That sense of pride will end up leading to higher productivity, because you'll be more confident about your work moving forward.

5. Refer a new candidate

If you like where you work, then you should help your friends out, and refer them to the company. Your friend will thank you, and your HR manager at your company will thank you as well, since you'll be helping them with their job.

6. Water the plants at the office

If there are some plants in your office, give them water to live. Don't assume that someone else will do it for you, it's a nice gesture to make sure your work environment is healthy and alive. It can be a little de-motivating to look over from your desk and see a dying plant. You can also water a colleague's plant for them, it's a very nice gesture.

7. Praise your colleague

Everyone loves praise. Take some time out of your day to show some love to a co-worker, to keep them motivated and encouraged to do more good. You'd be surprised at how meaningful a simple praise like "good job" can be to someone. We never know what's going on in other people's lives, and it might just be the thing they need to help them have a good day. If you're a manager, then praise your employees all the time; remember, they look up to you.

8. Suggest an improvement

Don't be shy to suggest a new idea, or new process improvement. You'll earn points in the eyes of your manager, even if the company doesn't implement the idea. If the company does end up implementing your idea, it will be a huge boost to your productivity because it will boost your confidence.

9. Eat fruits and veggies

Eating fruits and vegetables is important for your health, and to maintain good energy levels at work. You need to be productive all day long; and learning to increase your energy, and manage your energy levels will be crucial for optimal productivity. 10. Bring meals from home I would argue that bringing a meal from home is good for the environment, since there is no need to drive anywhere to pick up food, or no delivery car coming to you, which reduces greenhouse emissions. Also, chances are that whatever you're bringing from home will be healthier than whatever you would end up buying, which is another good reason to bring food from home.

What is team-building?

Team-building activities are a way to provide high impact learning, increase team skills and communications, and improve morale and productivity. Employees benefit through experiencing a sense of accomplishment in working as a group to complete a challenging task and learning ways to improve communication skills. Teambuilding allows employees to return to the office reinvigorated and with a new set of problem-solving skills.

1. Improved communication

Team building is useful for breaking down barriers between individuals through group participation in activities. People who are not used to working together get a chance to participate and work as a team. By working through a task, the multiplicity of skills within the team is highlighted and the group learns new ways of working together. Team-building activities that highlight communication allow participants to experience for themselves the importance of good communication and develop new ways of accomplishing this.

2. Time to develop skills

In a busy office environment, it can be difficult for employees to find time to develop new skills. Managers often do not have time to discover what additional skills employees possess. Team-building activities can allow each member of the team a chance to take charge and develop leadership skills, as well as skills in other areas of the business.

3. Long-term benefits

Team experts have found that a strong team can lead to major gains for every small business. These include the ability to maximize profitability by allowing individuals to better combine their skills to achieve more; meeting cross functional challenges and being able to respond quicker to rapid change; retaining the best people by giving everyone a greater sense of involvement and belonging; and empowering teams to become more mission focused and to achieve more with fewer directions and saving time and money.

4. Better relationships

Team-building provides a chance for the team to participate together in an experience where everyone starts with an equal level of knowledge about the given task. The novelty requires people to draw on and create team process skills to complete the task successfully. The challenge of a new experience also requires employees to collaborate and work together in close proximity, which helps to develop relationships quickly. These are just a couple of tips for you. If you think your company needs some help or wants to organize a family day, teambuilding event, contact us.

We will reopen our EVENT office again August 15. Our training facility is open regular hours during the summer months. Conclusion: Spend time, change habits and live happy for you, your work environment and your child. Let me help you!

If you have questions or need more information about Fitness Training, call me, Desiree Winkel, at 524-7700. We are located on Welfare Road, next to Blast and North Eastern Insurance on the first level of the building

 

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