June 25, 2018
Did you know that June is Employee Wellbeing Month? 10 years ago, Virgin Pulse in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance created Employee Wellbeing Month to highlight how wellbeing-minded organizations leads to more productive, engaged workforces and creates magnetic company cultures that drive recruitment and retention. There are lots of ways to encourage employee wellbeing, the following are tips from Employee Wellbeing Month:
- Create “Unplug & Relax” hours
50 million Americans suffer from sleep disturbances that negatively affect their work, home, and personal lives. Allowing employees to take a mental break at home sets them up to succeed at work.
- Have a beginner’s onsite fitness class
Invite a local fitness or yoga instructor to lead a group class after work to encourage beginners to try something new and fun.
- Host a healthy potluck luncheon
Encourage everyone to bring their favorite healthy dish or to try out a new recipe. Raffle away a gift card to the winning dish and send out the recipes after the event.
- Create teams to participate in a local event
Pick a local 5k walk/run and recruit a team to participate. Have employees bring their family and friends, too! Arrange to grab a healthy snack after to celebrate in your teams’ accomplishments.
- Offer onsite financial adviser sessions
Invite your financial adviser into the organization and have a sign-up sheet so that employees can schedule 15-30 minute sessions to discuss their financial benefits and planning for their future.
- Give back to charity together
Organize a volunteer day at a local non-profit such as a park, public school, or neighborhood organization. Send out a survey beforehand to see where people are most interested in volunteering!
- Encourage productivity at work
Allow your workforce to eliminate distractions and immerse themselves in music as a means of reducing stress, driving productivity and performance, and increasing energy and creativity. Using headphones, of course!
- Recruit local champions
The more help, the better! Send out the included email template to have an extra pair of hands to help you promote Employee Wellbeing Month, engage your workforce and host local activities.
- Host a lunchtime mindfulness workshop
Help employees understand the benefits of mindfulness and learn proper techniques they can implement into their daily routines. YouTube and mindfulness apps are great for free guided sessions.