by | Jan 15, 2021

Developing a fitness habit can take up to 21 to 66 days of daily repetition. As everyone creates new wellness resolutions in January, now is the perfect time to foster a workplace wellness program, even if everyone is still working from home.

Helping your employees stay happy and healthy leads to more engaged and productive performance. It can also help your bottom line. WorkDesign notes that Harvard researchers “report that for every dollar spent on employee wellness, medical costs fall $3.27 and absenteeism drops $2.73, a 6-to-1 return on investment.”

Wellness is both physical and mental

Whatever programs you choose to implement, you’re sure to reap the benefits of a wellness program. And don’t forget, promoting mental health programs are just as important as the physical ones. Here are 4 wellness activities you can start with:

  1. Undistracted eating. Breaking from work while eating seems like a no-brainer, but the habit of eating while checking emails or doing other work is widespread, and sometimes seen as the norm. Encourage employees to step away from their computers or home offices for lunch. Concentrating on food (instead of work) while eating will benefit both body and mind.
  2. Fitness challenges. Whether it’s hitting a company-wide steps goal, or drinking those eight glasses of water per day, motivation from coworkers can be helpful in sticking to wellness goals. Host friendly competitions through Teams or Zoom so that employees can still physically check in.
  3. Greet the day. If employees are waking in the morning and feeling uncertain because their routine is different, suggest spending 10-15 minutes on self-care. Many of us now lunge for our phones as soon as we wake up, and with the barrier or work and home being blurred during COVID-19, it’s important to establish that separation. For more general wellness ideas, read here.
  4. Yoga classes. Host an online yoga, strength or even dance class. All of these exercises are effective stress relievers, which in turn helps employees feel like they can be more productive afterwards. Incorporating self-care into work helps employees not feel guilty about neglecting their workload.

Interested in communicating a culture of wellness? Tribe can help.



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