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5 Ways to Encourage Employee Wellness in 2021

Many organizations strive to encourage employee wellness through various employer-sponsored or hosted programs. With the ongoing pandemic, employers may be looking for creative ways to maintain wellness and support their employees during these stressful times.

Wellness programs are commonly offered by employers to their employees and are designed to improve wellness and encourage an overall healthier lifestyle. These programs often include things like memberships or discounts to a local gym, access to nutritional experts, and even mental health assistance.

With many organizations still working remotely, any wellness program in place will need to adapt to the current situation. Many employees were unable to use some of these in-person services.  This was a result of employees being away from the office as well as the high number of business closures seen across the country in 2020. Here are few ways to continue to promote wellness in the workplace while maintaining safe and socially distanced.

  1. Virtual fitness– If your company has a partnership with a gym, check to see if they have any online classes that your employees can access. Similarly, there are various fitness programs such as yoga, strength training, and even group cardio classes, that are strictly based online. You can opt to make the switch to online physical memberships while working remotely.
  2. Internal challenges– A creative initiative to encourage both physical fitness and distanced team bonding, are physical challenges within your organization.  This can include events such as step challenges in which employees are given a goal for steps taken within a designated time frame. You can even offer a prize for the employees that reach that goal in time. Additionally, it can help with employee burnout by encouraging employees to step away from their desks to move around and get those steps in. Similarly, this can be done with water intake by challenging employees to hydrate more throughout the day. They can log the amount of water they’ve had throughout the day and encourage each other to reach the goal.
  3. Sharing recipes– To encourage nutritional wellness, encourage your employees to share healthy recipes or even include them in internal newsletters. Encourage community building through this by sharing pictures of attempted recipes and reviews.
  4. Implement a buddy system– While your organization is operating remotely, you can opt to implement a socially distanced buddy system in which you pair up individuals or assign small groups on a weekly or monthly basis to complete a project together. They can meet via video chat or a conference call to complete the task all the while strengthening company relationships. This can also help integrate any new employees that have not had the chance to interact with their co-workers.
  5. Access to mental health resources- With the stressful and unique year 2020 has been, employers need to pay attention to how their employees are doing. Organizations can create a list of easily accessible mental health resources. Even if they can’t directly offer their employees anything, putting together a guide of where to start and how to find help such as support groups, emergency numbers, and even mediative apps, can encourage employees to get the help that they may need.

Employee wellness can greatly contribute to your company’s overall culture. It is crucial to re-assess any current programs or incentives offered yearly to ensure that what is offered is still relevant to your workforce and the current workplace landscape.

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