Developing a fitness or health habit can take considerable effort. Considering the improvement to the well-being and productivity of a healthy workplace, and the amount of time we spend at our workplaces, it makes sense to foster workplace wellness programs. Not only does it affect the output of employees, but it makes them feel good in all areas of life—including work. As the world of work progresses, one of the signs of a top-notch employer will be a workplace wellness program.
6 Great Examples of Workplace Wellness Programs
On-site fitness centers
This might be considered the granddaddy of all workplace wellness programs. Not everyone can provide a large fitness center, but many companies consider it a completely justified expense for recruiting and retaining healthy team members.
Smoking cessation programs
It’s no secret that, on average, smokers cost their employers more money due to health issues compared to non-smokers. Some workplaces have found it in their best interest, both ethically and economically, to offer smoking cessation programs. These programs consist of lifestyle coaching, as well as pharmacological assistance. The pharmaceuticals alone may not work for all. The addition of coaching trying to quit smoking may be the difference between success and failure.
Encouraging alternative methods of transportation, such as bike sharing or public transit incentives, are beneficial to the workplace and the future of the environment. This type of program will appeal to current and potential employees who value environmental responsibility.
Some companies offer paramedical services, like massage therapy, while at work. Massage therapists go through an interview process at the company as well, where they demonstrate their skills (which sounds great for the interviewer). Going above and beyond what employees expect from their employer is a great way to encourage a reciprocal effort. A relaxed and calm employee is a joy to have in the workplace.
Sessions are offered as often as twice per week at companies’ conference or break rooms throughout the workday. Yoga and meditation is an extremely effective stress reliever. Employees at start-ups or PR agencies often have to deal with tight deadlines and overtime. Yoga is an effective way to incorporate self-care into work, so that employees don’t have to feel guilty about neglecting work.
With only 30 minutes for lunch, many may feel that they have to eat fast food when buying their lunch. Offer a 90-minute Fitness Lunch—enough time to play a sport, hit the gym, or to head home for a healthy homemade lunch. A lunch and snack program will appeal to all of your employees—since everyone has to eat!
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