A lot of companies have now realized that employee health is vital to the success of their business. Research has shown that staying fit improves brain function and increases endorphins which make you happy.
Helping your team members make time to step away from their desks and revitalize themselves is a crucial component in creating a happy and healthy workforce.
Here are some employee wellness ideas for your company.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Several studies have indicated that mindfulness has a strong connection to well-being and perceived health.
Mindfulness meditation is bringing one’s attention to current experiences and living in the present moment. These meditation sessions can be accompanied with audio, deep breathing, and other forms of relaxation.
This activity is helpful either in the morning to start your day with focus and set the tone for the day, or it can be used in the evening to unwind after a long, stressful day.
Yoga has become a very popular form of wellness in the last decade or so. With Yoga Day being observed every year, this form of exercise has shown several benefits like increased posture, flexibility, stress relief, weight loss, increased awareness and a lot more.
3. Health Contests
While most companies conduct weight-loss challenges, it’s important to get away from the focus on weight and to come up with other wellness challenge ideas.
Companies like Quality Formations are already turning to other innovative contests like a mile-a-day challenge and encouraging employees to cycle to work.
Try to make these challenges as inclusive as possible so that the maximum number of employees can participate.
4. CPR and First Aid Training
Be prepared to supply your employees with different types of health resources and educate them about the best practices in health and wellness.
Find organizations in your area that conduct on-site cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) first aid and other forms of training. Knowing these skills can be life saving considering the fact that the moment someone goes into cardiac arrest outside the hospital, their chance of survival comes down to approximately 5%.
Basic Life Support (BLS) is a convenient and affordable certification to obtain. Even though these factors depend on your industry, anyone can suffer from heart problems. So it’s important to be aware and prepared.
5. After-work Sports
Consider setting up a sports game at your local park or a sports center after a long day at the office. Using this opportunity to blow off steam after work can be fun and challenging.
These activities also help in team building activities. Different days of the week can be dedicated to different sports.
6. Discounted Gym Memberships
Many companies are giving away free gym memberships, which provide flexibility and encourage employees to work out whenever they are free.
7. Start a Compost Bin
Compost bins are containers for organic waste to decompose and produce garden aid. It stops food from being thrown into landfills and producing toxic methane emissions. Setting up a compost bin and a recycle pile allows employees to participate in a sustainable planet.
Health and wellness have a direct impact on the productivity of your employees. Encouraging them to stay fit, and have a balanced life does not just enrich the lives of your employees but also helps you build a business that is productive and efficient.
Susan Parker is a writer and tech geek. She volunteers for local environmental conservation programs and writes stories online about businesses that inspire her.