10 Practical Ways to Prioritize Health & Wellness in the Workplace

May celebrates Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, encouraging employers to promote healthier lifestyles in the workplace — and for a good reason. After all, keeping your employees happy (and healthy) is essential to a successful work environment. In addition, recent studies have shown that initiating corporate wellness programs is linked to healthier employees, increased productivity, and reduced absenteeism. Win, win, win! 

Whether you’re managing a team of hundreds or you’re part of a small group that mostly works remotely, the goal is the same: keep your employees happy and healthy. This week on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing ten ways to boost wellness in the workplace. 

10 Ways to Boost Wellness in the Workplace 

1. Plan an Offsite Company Retreat

2. Look into Healthy Catering Options 

3. Encourage Taking Regular Breaks 

4. Go for a Walk Outside 

5. Consider Offering Health-Boosting Company Perks 

6. Organize Team Yoga & Wellness Sessions 

7. Provide Healthy Snacks at the Office

8. Participate in a Team Walk or Run 

9. Keep an Open Conversation on Mental Health  

10. Have Fun (with Some Healthy Competition) 

1. Plan an Offsite Company Retreat 

Organizing an offsite company retreat can be a great way to boost team morale. Consider centering your next retreat around wellness — complete with wellness workshops, yoga, meditation, organic cooking, healthy meals, and nature walks. You can customize your retreat based on your company needs and goals, be it a one-day experience or a weekend getaway.  

2. Look into Healthy Catering Options 

Keep your team fueled with healthy, delicious foods by offering office catering — whether it’s something you provide weekly or on special occasions. 

Many restaurants will provide delivery, too, such as ordering through Sweetgreen’s new Outpost program, which brings locally-sourced, scratch-made meals to your office on a daily (with no delivery fees). Look into healthy catering options in your area, and consider hosting a “Lunch and Learn” so your team can learn something new and get inspired while they chow down! 

3. Encourage Taking Regular Breaks

Your employees deserve to take a break — and so do you. And if you need yet another reason to do so, it may be helpful to know that taking mini work breaks can help reduce stressimprove focus and increase work performance, to name just a few of the many benefits. Ready, set…break. 

4. Go for a Walk Outside 

 Speaking of taking a break, a wonderful way to spend that downtime away from your desk is by taking a walk outside. 

Whether you take a stroll outside between meetings or go for a brisk walk during your lunch break, doing so will help you get some exercise in while freeing up a little headspace. In fact, a study by Stanford found that walking can significantly boost creativity — so you can return to your work with a fresh mind and a new stream of ideas! 

5. Consider Offering Health-Boosting Company Perks 

Do you offer certain perks and incentives for your employees? Take some time this month to look into your current company packages to see if there’s any room for improvement — particularly in the wellness sector. 

You can get as creative as you want, offering perks to improve team wellness such as free or discounted gym memberships, healthy office snacks/lunches, “Summer Fridays” (half days during the summer), comprehensive health insurance benefits, and more. 

6. Organize Team Yoga & Wellness Sessions 

Want your staff to prioritize their health and wellness? Bring it to the workplace for them! Organize educational wellness workshops and team fitness classes such as “Yoga Fridays” to get the entire office involved! It’s a great team-building activity that also promotes wellness. 

7. Provide Healthy Snacks at the Office 

Do you provide snacks for employees? Consider swapping the basket of candy and unhealthy vending machine snacks with fresh fruit, granola bars, nuts, and other wholesome goodies. You may even want to purchase a blender for the break room so employees can make smoothies while at work. (Browse some of our favorite recipes here!)

Companies like SnackNation make it easy to provide healthy snacks for your team by offering up curated boxes —with both in-office delivery and work-from-home options, still working remotely? No problem! Here are some tips for eating healthy while working from home

8. Participate in a Team Walk or Run 

Sometimes it’s helpful to get outside of the office for a fresh perspective (and some fresh air). Research local 5K walks/runs in your area to participate in as an offsite company event. Many of these events help raise money for charities, so you can get your exercise in while helping to raise funds for a meaningful cause! 

9. Keep an Open Conversation on Mental Health

Given its also Mental Health Awareness month, take some time to educate your employees on the importance of taking care of their mental health too. Help your staff manage stress through flexible work hours, consider offering mental health days, and keep the conversation open with your team. After all, communication is key. 

10. Have Fun (with Some Healthy Competition) 

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember to have a little fun too. Start an office softball team to blow off some steam after work, host a fitness contest with fun prizes for some healthy office competition, and, when possible, encourage walking (or biking) to work. Fun fact: the week of May 16th is Bike to Work Week, encouraging people to swap their cars for their wheels to promote not only exercise but also a healthier planet. 

Let us know how you’re prioritizing your health & wellness at work by tagging us on social at @VibrantHealth 

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion in this blog is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, cure, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

 

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