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12 Feb

Managers Who Hire Baby Boomers Should Focus On Corporate Wellness

The Baby Boomer generation is renowned for its independent spirit, and many Boomers of retirement age are continuing to work instead of embracing traditional retirement, according to U.S. News. No matter why Boomers have chosen to stay in the workforce, these older employees will benefit from using workplace wellness techniques that are appropriate for their age group.

It's possible to build certain workplace habits that help to rejuvenate older minds, bodies and spirits. These tips will make it easier for managers who hire Baby Boomers to support the wellness of their mature workers, whether they are full-time or part-time employees.


Encourage group exercise to banish stress

A lot of people leave jobs because of stress and its effect on their bodies. Stress has the capacity to make people ill. It's often a factor in heart disease, obesity and depression. Along with feeling unappreciated by management, or feeling underpaid, stress is one of the common reasons why people decide to switch careers or leave the workforce.

To nurture your Baby Boomer workers, who bring so much experience and knowledge to the table, encourage group exercise that helps them to feel relaxed and calm. Stress relief techniques that are safe for all ages (such as gentle group walks during lunch hours or restorative yoga sessions, such as chair yoga) will help older employees to banish stress. If you're unfamiliar, chair yoga may be performed while seated in a chair or standing, using a chair for support, and is ideal for older employees.


Offer wellness-boosting snacks and drinks

Managers may also want to offer complimentary drinks and snacks that are renowned 'stress-busters.' Examples include green tea, which was proven to reduce anxiety in a scientific study published in the Phytomedicine journal, and almonds, which contain B vitamins that help to boost resilience during stressful times. Fruits and veggies that are loaded with antioxidants to slow down the pace of cell damage are also excellent snack options for older workers, as these snacks help them to keep their bodies feeling more youthful. Examples of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies include blueberries, mango, cherries, avocado and kale. Maybe a weekly "smoothie day" that incorporates these healthy ingredients would be a good idea at your workplace?  


Promote work-life balance

While Baby Boomer employees may be very healthy and strong, they may be more prone to fatigue than younger employees. Most of us don't feel the same in our senior years as we did when we were 20, 30 or middle-aged. With wellness in mind, make sure that your workers enjoy optimal work-life balance. Encourage them to be productive while they're at work, so they can hit targets without needing to stay late or finish work at home. For example, offer time management seminars that help workers to create efficient daily schedules. 

Older employees will feel valued when you make their wellness a priority. The happier your Baby Boomer employees are, the better they will perform for your company.


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