Promoting More Employee Wellness

Part II of Elin’s Well-Being Initiatives

Celine Chen
Nov 16, 2019 · 5 min read
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This is Part II, check out Part I on Elin’s Medium blog page!

SUPPORT A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

Get People Moving

Create spaces in your office that encourage people to move around, spend some time outside or sometimes have a change of scenery.

Having a break from the desk (and short break from work!) ensures people come back refreshed and more energetic.

Let’s All Eat Better

Make sure your office offers options that keep your employees healthy! Order fruits, healthy bars, and trail mixes, instead of candy. Word of advice: regularly ask employees for feedback on what they like and what they would add, although you’d also see by what’s left at the end of the week!

If you’re offering lunch or have a cafeteria, ensure some healthy options are always available. The healthier the food, the healthier your employees are, the more energy they have!

If there is no food available in the office, at least equip a place where employees could store and reheat homemade food options, so they don’t have to pick up fast food from down the street every day. It’ll help them be more in control of their nutrition.

What About Those Fitness Goals?

Here are a few options:

  • Offer discounts or reimbursements for gym or fitness programs near your office. Make sure there is a variety of options, not everyone is into Crossfit!
  • Create a discretionary fund that a team can spend on a fitness activity: invite an instructor to the office, rent a studio for a team class or rent bikes for a team activity.
  • Run a survey and if there is enough support, invite a yoga teacher to the office once a week. Morning or lunch sessions will help those interested to be able to fit a workout without being late to work!

HELP DEAL WITH LIFE CHALLENGES

Childcare Support

Dual Career Coaching

Get Some Processes In Place

MAKE WELL-BEING FUN!

Well-Being Challenge, Anyone?

CREATE A PURPOSE

Create a Strong Culture Code

Show Culture In The Way You Work

Reflect Values In Actions

If you think it requires a lot of investment and you don’t have enough resources, it doesn’t have to be big. Smaller initiatives could include recycling, charity donation boxes, teaching computer skills in community centers. Be clear what kind of support the company is ready to provide and give space for employees to follow up.

BUILD OFFICE SPACE WITH WELL-BEING IN MIND

  • Different spaces where people can work, meet, discuss away from their desks.
  • Improve the light in the office, set more natural light, brighter spaces. Better light helps the eyes be less tired and prevents headaches.
  • Give access to fresh air spaces, maybe equip some working spaces to be outside. Oxygen helps people think better!
  • Furniture with standing desk options
  • Create spaces where people can hide from the noise and focus on individual work if they need to.

Remember…

  • Be consistent and lead by example. Don’t be the boss who insists you leave at 5, but also “really needs you to do that thing before tomorrow morning’s meeting”. Make sure your words and actions tell the same story.
  • Have an open conversation about it. What YOU think employees need, might not be what they actually need. Be ready to ask for feedback and for ideas. At the same time, openly discuss if some of the suggestions are challenging in your specific work environment.

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