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blog | May 10, 2017

15 Employee Wellness Initiatives to Consider for Your Workplace

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to encourage your employees to focus on living a healthy, active lifestyle. And what better way to do...

By WorkWiseSoftware

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to encourage your employees to focus on living a healthy, active lifestyle. And what better way to do that than by creating employee health and wellness initiatives? Below, we’ll explore a variety of programs and activities you can showcase at your workplace to encourage healthy living.

  1. Provide Discounted Health Food

If you have the resources to do so, consider bringing in discounted healthy foods for employees. If you don’t have the budget to do so, replace unhealthy vending machines with a health-focused alternative fridge or cooler.

  1. Detail Healthy Dining Options in Area

Sometimes, people just don’t know where to go to get healthy food, especially if they’re not familiar with an area. Create a detailed map of local dining options to make it easy for employees to take advantage.

  1. Give Health Club and Gym Membership Reimbursement

A common reason why people don’t go to the gym is because of the cost. If their company would reimburse them for consistent attendance at a health club or gym, they might reconsider.

  1. Create a Walking Group

If you’re located near sidewalks or parks, there’s no excuse. Creating a walking group is the easiest thing you can do on this list, and one of the most beneficial.

  1. Go Smoke-Free and Provide Cessation Resources

If you’re not already a smoke-free environment, now’s the time to become one.

  1. Host CPR Training

A useful skill for anyone, CPR training helps make your workplace a little safer and encourages learning.

  1. Assess Office Furniture

Did you know? Your office furniture may be causing stress or low productivity. Consider revamping your office with furniture that’s designed for comfort and strong job performance.

  1. Have a Healthy Food Day

Every week, someone brings in their choice of a healthy snack, lunch, beverage, etc. Create a sign-up sheet and pass it along!

  1. Coordinate Fresh Fruit/Veggies for Break Rooms

You can never have too many fruits and vegetables. If you have the budget, stocking break rooms with healthy foods is a great first step in getting your employees to eat better.

  1. Cater In Only Healthy Food Options

Another easy fix. If you’re going to have a big meeting where you’ll be catering in, stick to healthy food options. Your employees will forgive you for skipping out on the chocolate chip cookies…

  1. Coordinate Flu Shots

One of the most common illnesses: the flu. Encourage your employees to get a flu shot to help prevent them from getting sick. You can even coordinate someone to do them in-house.

  1. Set up Lunch and Learn Presentations

Take advantage of the time when your employees aren’t being productive by hosting lunch and learn presentations. These presentations should be focused on healthy living and encouraging active lifestyles.

  1. Participate in Local Run/Walks

There’s bound to be several local 5Ks or run/walks, regardless of where you’re located. Seek these out and coordinate a team consisting of coworkers and their significant others/families.

  1. Create Employee Sports Teams

Depending on how active a group you can bring together, you might find success in creating an employee sports/recreation team. Just make sure it doesn’t interfere with working hours.

  1. Host On-Site Fitness Classes

Bringing in a health coach or fitness specialist can be a great way to kick off the work day and encourage an active lifestyle.

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