A franchisee's work is important. It goes beyond just hiring and training and filling out the time schedules. As one UniShippers franchisee is showing, franchisees can actually enhance their employees' health.
Wanda Sieber, who is a multi-unit franchisee with Unishippers, graces the cover of the latest issue of Franchise Times thanks to her fascinating commitment to workplace fitness. As the story explains, Sieber took a rather unorthodox method to launch her 13-week wellness regime. It started with asking her employees in Green Bay, Wisconsin to wear a 10 pound bag of sugar around their waist.
As Sieber sees it, promoting wellness is the best employee wellness scheme and something that can save the business huge sums in health care costs:
“This isn’t about fitting into your jeans anymore. This is about keeping your employees alive,” she says.
If you're interested in implementing a similar wellness program, here's the kind of the changes that Sieber has introduced to the workplace:
Employees have both ergonomic chairs and exercise balls to sit on in front of their two monitors. Five hours on a stability ball can burn up to 260 calories a day, plus strengthen your core and improve your posture, Sieber says.
While they say you can't put a dollar value on employee health, it seems that this Unishippers may just reap the rewards of keeping their staff fit.