As part of the predominant ‘hustle culture’ of today, employees across the globe are pressured into going above and beyond and aggressively chasing their goals. However, as they say, every extremity is met with consequences.
In this case, it is employee burnout and lower work productivity. While fostering competition and growth is a must, it is important to build a healthy ecosystem at work. This calls for employers to step up and account for employee wellness on a regular basis.
To help you achieve this, we have curated a list of weekly wellness tips for employees below.
15 Weekly Wellness Tips For Employees Every Hr Must Know
It’s time the narrative changed. Work need not be associated with stress. Instead, it could mean a productive avenue for growth. From being a draining activity, it should translate into a medium of collaborative creativity for employees. And all of this is possible if HR leaders and employers come forward and cater to employee wellbeing holistically.
Ask yourself whether your employees are indeed happy at work? Are they working to their full potential or are they regularly succumbing to workplace stress? Evaluate the steps you’ve taken to create a healthy workspace and keep innovating further.
Find below weekly wellness tips that you can use on this journey and thereby help you improve employee engagement and wellbeing:
1. Introduce workplace ergonomics
While physical health is only one parameter of employee wellbeing, you certainly cannot ignore it. Since employees spend 9 to 10 hours at work, it is important to provide them with a comfortable work desk. Think of laptop raisers, proper lighting, comfortable chairs and tables, Screen protectors, and more!
2. Provide healthy drinks and snacks
Snacking at work is a thing – and a very unhealthy one at that. While the occasional binge is alright, don’t allow employees to fall into the trap of junk food. Instead, stock up the pantry with healthy snacks and drinks such as sugar-free substitutes, fruits, and detox juices.
To promote healthy eating, you can also host a potluck and encourage everyone to bring their favorite healthy lunch to work!
3. Create a pet-friendly workplace
Pets are known to reduce stress levels. Thus, one of the ways to boost employee productivity is to create a pet-friendly workplace. Alternatively, you can host a ‘bring your pets to work’ day and allow employees to bring their pets to the office.
You can also bring in therapy dogs and allow employees to mingle with the adorable fur buddies occasionally.
4. Set up an office gym
Do we really need to stress the importance of exercise? It works wonders for both the physical and mental health of employees. In addition, to break out areas, consider setting up an office gym.
You can look at a functional training set-up to reduce costs. Top this up with regular health-oriented competitions to encourage employees to embrace physical activity.
5. Incentive no-smoking
Smoke breaks are commonplace in the office. While you cannot ban employees from smoking, you can surely encourage them not to do so. Place clever placards in the smoking room to deter employees from picking up a cigarette. Incentivize them with healthy snacks or small rewards for not smoking. You can also introduce a no-smoking day or campaign, if suitable.
6. Host a declutter hour
A good work environment is organized and clean. And you must encourage every employee to maintain it that way. To help them enjoy the benefits of an organized workspace, introduce a declutter hour at work each week. They can use this time to tidy up their desks, clean the drawers, and write positive post-its to stay motivated!
7. Create and share a wellness newsletter
To account for employee health, it is important to make them aware of it. And there’s no better way to do this than introducing a wellness newsletter. Curate it each week with health tips, a health activity for the week, wellness contests, and more. You can also share the health stories and transformation of the employees as part of it.
8. Plan a mental health awareness activity
A sign of healthy employees is how they feel and not just how they look. To ensure that employees are mentally fit and happy, consider planning a mental health awareness activity each week. This can entail counselor sessions, expert-hosted seminars, and more.
Loop enables you to ensure employee wellbeing via unlimited consults with our in-house specialists! Click here to know more.
9. Create a virtual wellness touchpoint
If most of your employees are working from home, or you encourage flexible working, we suggest you create a virtual wellness touchpoint. This could be in the form of ‘Fun Fridays’ or virtual meetups outside of work. You can spice this up with games, online activities, and more.
Here’s an idea! Try these simple yet so entertaining fun Friday games at the office.
10. Hold meditation sessions
Recently, the limelight has shifted to the mental health of employees. And you can encourage your employees to take care of their mental wellbeing through meditation. Bring an expert on board to hold weekly meditation classes to help them get started.
At Loop, we host wellness sessions twice a week to enable employees to feel rejuvenated and healthy.
11. Encourage bike to work day(s)
Sedentary lifestyles are the biggest health deterrents. Motivate your employees to indulge in more physical activity in a fun manner. You can do this by introducing weekly or monthly ‘bike to work’ or ‘walk to work’ days. Further, reward the participants via healthy food hampers or fitness gear to stay motivated.
12. Reward preventive care
Preventive care has taken precedence at the workplace and rightly so. Spread the word on means of preventive care and reward employees who display the right behavior. For instance, reimburse employees who take their flu shots on time and so on.
READ MORE: Importance Of Preventive Healthcare For Employees In India
13. Set up a volunteer program
Our sociological setup dictates how we feel and interact with society. Enable employees to experience a sense of purpose by setting up volunteering activities or even better - a volunteer program.
Allow employees to contribute either physically, virtually, or monetarily to a social or charitable cause and encourage their participation by hosting volunteering events regularly.
14. Reduce sit time
Sitting is the new smoking. And it’s time your employees are mindful of it too. To enable more movement during work hours, get standing desks installed at the workplace.
Encourage and allow employees to walk while attending calls. You can also have pleasant music play out every 30 minutes as a reminder to take a few steps or simply stretch it out.
15. Introduce an eye-care regime
Given the exposure to digital time, it’s our eyes that are taking the brunt. This also translates to headaches and eye strain. Introduce eye masks at work to allow employees to adequately take care of their eyes. You can also host eye care seminars or conduct eye checkups on a regular basis to action this.
Work Your Way To Better Wellness
While staying healthy is a choice, you can surely enable it with regular wellness initiatives at the workplace. At Loop, we include employee wellbeing and preventive care as part of its health insurance plans. Our offerings include regular wellness events and access to mental health counselors.
Download this ultimate workplace wellness playbook to find effective and easy ways to implant strategies to reduce absenteeism.
As part of our health packages, we also conduct high-engagement wellness activities to ensure that your employees are always fit and aware!
Are you ready to get started you started with workplace wellness? Our experts will guide you through the process. Get in touch with us today!