One of the best ways to he keep employees healthy, happy and motivated in the office is to implement a robust wellness programme. It doesn’t have to be pricey and it doesn’t have to be taken too seriously, either. There are plenty of ways you can encourage wellbeing in the workplace whilst making it fun at the same time.
'Wellness Wednesday's' are an increasingly popular trend - an entire day dedicated to health and happiness (not to mention a great midweek pick-me-up!). So here are some of our favourite Wellness Wednesday ideas for your workplace...
1. Provide your office with healthy snacks
We’re all guilty of snacking on unhealthy food to keep us going throughout the day. But snacks like chocolate, sweets and crisps can actually make you feel sluggish and could be the reason your employees aren’t working to their fullest capacity.
Healthy snacks aid weight control, improve mood and boost energy. So dedicate your Wellness Wednesday’s to providing lots of healthy snacks and treats for your employees.
2. Organise a running club
Keep your employees moving with a post-work running club. Sitting down in an office all day can make you feel a little un-energised at times, so what better way to stretch your legs, blow off steam, and get some fresh air, than a quick runabout after work?
Set yourself and your employees a challenge and see how far you can run each week - this will also help encourage employee relationships and teamwork.
Alternatively, walking meetings are a great excuse to get out of the office whilst still being productive.
3. Healthy cooking contest
Have your employees cook their favourite healthy recipes and bring it into work the following day for a cooking competition, voted on by the rest of the office.
4. Create an office playlist
Boost the mood and let your employees create a collaborative playlist of everyone’s favourite music. Even at an ambient noise level, some background music really does help lift the general office atmosphere.
5. Hire a masseuse for a day
Find a local masseuse who’s willing to come into your office for the day and create a sign-up sheet with 15-30 blocks per massage.
6. Establish designated coffee time
Setup a time in the day - morning or afternoon - for employees to walk together to the local coffee shop or onsite cafe for a quick pick-me-up. It will give your employees the chance to catch up about both work and non-work related things, and offers a change of scenery so that employees feel refreshed going back into the office.
7. POWER NAP
Why not introduce on-site nap rooms and sleep pods for those who need an extra forty winks? It’s great for increasing productivity and can help your employees focus better.
8. ‘The Wellness Wall’
Create a wellness wall in your office and each Wednesday, or whichever day, employees can post things like healthy eating tips, exercise routines and inspirational quotes.
9. Acknowledgement jar
Get employees to write down on bits of paper who they’re thankful for and why, and then pop them into the jar. On 'Wellness Wednesday', read the acknowledgements aloud so team members can hear their well-earned praise.
10. 20% time
Google used to offer “20% time”, which let employees take one day a week to work on side projects (provided it advances Google in some way). You can use 'Wellness Wednesdays' as a time to implement the 20% time rule and get your employees’ creative juices flowing.
11. Host onsite yoga
Yoga is great for relaxation and relieving stress. Get a yoga instructor to come into the office for an afternoon and encourage your employees to take part in a yoga session. An alternative to this is Laughter Yoga, the practice of voluntary laughing, it is believed that voluntary laughter produces the same psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.
12. Flexible working hours
The idea of flexible working is to have a way of work that suits employee’s needs, for example having alternative start and finish times.
Flexible working can be incorporated in different ways, one of which is remote working. Remote working one day a week gives employees the chance to work at home in their own environment.
13. AI and Wellness Chatbots
These chatbots aim to help manage people’s nutrition and their general healthy lifestyle, resulting in an improvement both physically and mentally.
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