At this time of year with New Year’s resolutions flying around like candles at Hogwarts, I thought it might be good to speak to our more obscure health and wellness benefits at Room & Board. I’m talking about the perks towards our physical and mental health that can make our overall lives a little better.
They say that someone who works in retail is healthier than their office-centered counterpart. I can buy that. I see friends that sit all day at their desk and can’t understand how that’s even comfortable much less productive. So here are my very unofficial, very non-medical approved ideas of why a Room & Board retail associate is healthier than someone who works at a desk all day.
First, there’s the walking part. Think about it. We spend all day on our feet, walking. Walking with customers, walking over to straighten a pillow, walking up and down stairs. In our Washington DC store we have four floors – choosing to walk up the stairs can give you a good cardio boost at any given time. I have several co-workers who wear fitness monitoring devices at work and they consistently log between 15,000 – 20,000 steps a day.
I believe we also incorporate a mental component in our retail health statistics. We’ve just recently completed our annual floor change in the store. Over a very long night a few weeks ago, we moved out about 40% of our showroom items and brought in new 2015 pieces. AND we moved many of the existing pieces to new locations in the showroom. Now, when a customer wants to see something it’s like one big game of concentration to remember where everything is located. Remember, we have four floors here. That’s 36,000 square feet of memory game. If that doesn’t keep you on your toes nothing will.
Last but not least – and a little more official – Room & Board offers a Wellness program that is a bit more involved than some other places. There are myriad benefits that we can take advantage of, at the store level as well as at a company level. At this time of year, we receive a rebate if we’ve maintained a gym membership for the previous year – thankfully, we’re not asked how often we went to the gym during that said year. We have access to mental and financial health counseling, we can snack on healthy treats at work (all provided by Room & Board), we consistently have morning meetings regarding some kind of health and wellness topic and we can even include wellness goals in our personal Priorities & Measures if that’s something that’s really important to us. These items are really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, but you get an idea.
All in all, Room & Board creates and supports an environment where you can be as healthy as you would like to be. Happy New Year!