Employee health is incredibly important, and keeping your employees happy, energized, and healthy is a surefire way to ensure that your teams are more engaged and that your employee satisfaction reaches new heights.
However, sometimes it can be difficult to think of new and exciting programs and initiatives that will keep employees happy and healthy without seeing productivity drop (we see you tech start-ups with offices dedicated to video games).
However, as this Wall Street Journal article explains, recent studies have shown that healthier workers are more productive. In fact, better nutrition, more exercise, and less stress were all leading indicators of more productive offices.
So, let’s discuss some great company wellness ideas that will help improve your employee health in 2020.
Fitting in Fitness
Perhaps one of the more obvious wellness plans out there, many companies already have some sort of gym membership discount available to employees. Or, they have a gym somewhere on site that can be utilized during the day so employees can better fit working out into their schedules.
Take What You Need, When You Need it
Being a little more liberal with the PTO and sick days available for employees is another great way to make sure your employees feel healthy. First off, having more days off can help your employees feel more refreshed. Second, you don’t want your employees being forced to come in when they aren’t feeling great, as that can put your other employees at risk of becoming ill as well.
So, not only could you offer more sick days, but you should always encourage employees who don’t feel well to head home for the day. In other words, make sure they don’t try and be a hero like Leslie Knope when she had the flu.
Health Challenges With Incentives
As long as you’re considerate of all your employees, incorporating a health challenge with sizeable incentives into your company is a great idea!
For a good example on how to do this, take a look at Draper Inc’s Walk to Hawaii challenge. In these corporate wellness initiatives, all participating employees were given a pedometer and all those who reached 2,400,000 steps (or the distance from their corporate office to Hawaii) would be entered in a drawing.
The prize? A free trip for two to Hawaii. Now that’s maikaʻi loa!
Diabetes Care Solutions For Employees
When an employee who has diabetes doesn’t feel like they are in control, or that they don’t have the tools they need to make sure their glucose levels are good, it can make their time at work very stressful.
Investing in diabetes virtual care solutions like Pops’ Rebel will help ensure that your employees are not only safe and healthy but that they are going throughout their day stress and worry-free.
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Encourage Eco-Friendly and Healthy Commuting Alternatives
SolidFire encourages its employees to find eco-friendly and healthy alternatives for commuting by including a $150 subsidy for both public transportation commuters and bicyclists.
Sure, your office may be filled with a few dozen wannabe Lance Armstrongs if you offer this wellness program, but they’ll have shins of steel and will be a lot healthier, both physically and mentally.
Prioritizing Mental Health
In addition to making sure your employees are feeling good physically, their mental health is equally as important. For this wellness program, you can take a page out of JetBlue’s book. The airline company offers unlimited access to LifeSolutions — a mental health resource.
This is a great idea for any company to adopt, as we continue to push towards becoming a society that is more open about talking about our mental health.
Free Healthy Snack Options
This is a small and quick wellness program you can implement for your company in 2020.
Instead of all those chips in the break rooms or vending machines, allow your employees to instead choose from healthier options for their snacks — such as CLIF Bars®, fruit, vegetables with hummus, and yogurt.
Having healthier snack options for your employees will help them get a boost of energy instead of feeling weighed down by salty snacks
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Off Days
This may seem like an unorthodox wellness program, and that’s because it is!
Centro, a Chicago-based company, offers each employee 10 “Ferris Bueller Days” in addition to their paid vacation days. With these Ferris Bueller Days, an employee can play hooky for the day with no questions asked.
Finally, your employees can live out their dream of serenading a city by lip-synching the Beatles.
Having a dedicated wellness room for your offices is another fantastic wellness program that more and more companies are starting to utilize.
Whether an employee is not feeling well or needs some time to relax and get some peace and quiet, a wellness room can be the perfect remedy. These rooms are essentially comfortable, quiet spaces that can be soundproof. Here, employees can get some much-needed R & R during a busy day.
Get Outside and Breathe in Some Fresh Air
Did you know that spending time outside can de-stress your employees, as well as help them perform better on creative tasks, lower their blood pressure, and overall boost their moods?
Companies like Patagonia understand these benefits, as well as the importance of letting their employees pursue their hobbies. They encourage their employees to take extended PTO outdoor trips so that they can knock off their bucket list items without having to give up their paychecks.
Encouraging getting outside during the day is another simple solution to help improve your employees’ wellness.
Taking Care of Your Employees Should Be a Top Priority
At the end of the day, if your employees aren’t happy and healthy at work, then something needs to change. When it comes to recording how your employees are doing, sending out regular and anonymous employee satisfaction polls is a good way to keep tabs on how the company is doing overall. And, if you don’t have the satisfaction numbers, implement some of the above wellness programs to improve them.