Employee health and wellbeing has been gaining a wealth of attention in the media of late with its links to employee engagement and business productivity. As a result of this, companies of all shapes and sizes are looking to, or have already incorporated methods to create a healthier and happier work environment, placing employee wellbeing at the core of their business strategies.
Deciding upon which activities or initiatives to incorporate into your workplace wellbeing programme involves some trial and error. Not only should you tailor wellbeing activities to fall in line with your business culture, you should also ensure that they are fun and interactive, in order to engage all employees. Below are just eight examples of ideas you could incorporate into your business wellbeing agenda.
- Provide healthy snacks
As a company, try avoiding the typical go-to snack food including crisps and chocolate bars, and instead replace them with healthier options that help boost energy and increase brain power, for example fruits, nuts and vegetable crisp alternatives. This could be rolled out in both canteens and within social areas that include vending machines.
Knowledge is power when it comes to increasing employee wellbeing. Employers should consider putting together an employee newsletter which includes articles on how to eat healthy, reduce the impact of stress and ways to lead a more balanced lifestyle. To make this interactive, encourage your employees to participate by suggesting or providing content for the newsletter.
- Spaces for collaboration
There are always areas in the office that are either unused or could do with a little TLC. Why not transform them into places that inspire and help fuel creativity in your employees, where they can have meetings or get together to discuss projects. Ensure that it is different from the rest of the office space through its use of varied furniture and design elements to provide an area away from employees’ desks to facilitate new ideas and solutions.
- Ask your employees
Get employee feedback. It sounds so simple, but sourcing feedback is something that employers often forget to do. It’s all well and good making changes to the office environment, but will they actually benefit your employees and is it what they need? Employee feedback will help you develop a more informed and targeted strategy to increase and support workplace health and wellbeing.
- Encourage employees to get active
This can include a variety of initiatives from encouraging employees to take regular breaks from their desks and move around the office, to organising either in-house or external exercise classes including yoga and boot-camp work outs. For the sporty types, considering arranging co-ed sports teams, which will not only improve employees’ physical fitness, but will improve their mental health through socialising and interacting with their colleagues outside of a work environment.
- Share personal goals
Today’s employee sees work as a place to grow and develop on both a professional and personal level. With this in mind, why not encourage your employees to share their goals and aspirations on communal marker board. They don’t necessarily have to share profound ideas. They can be something as small as spend an hour at the gym, get involved in company activities or share ideas for a new work project.
- Celebrate achievements
Have you employees been a part of a successful project, has their hard work increased productivity and profitability? If so, then you could be missing a trick by not recognising this. Demonstrating that you value and appreciate the effort and contributions of your employees will help to improve workplace morale and encourage employees to feel more engaged and connected to the company and the work they do. This could include celebrating an employee’s work publically or handing out fun monthly awards such as ‘The Hammer & Nail Award’ celebrating those who always come up with fixes and solutions.
- Charitable work
There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing your business succeed and then being able to transfer that success into helping others. The feel good factor of getting involved with the local community and contributing towards positive change for a disadvantaged group or area is an uplifting feeling that supersedes any material gain. Why not encourage your employees to participate in charity days or events, for example a food and clothing drive, fundraising fitness challenges or workplace fun days.