Here are a list of ideas that can be incorporated to create a great culture.
- Healthy snacks aid in weight control, improve mood, and boost energy, making them a crucial addition to your office fridge.
- Encourage a switch from low quality snacks to healthy, locally prepped foods. Switch from regular milk to a nut milk or coconut milk alternative. Make the switch to healthier alternatives like minimally sweetened teas, glass bottled water and freshly squeezed juices.
- Order in lunch, especially during crunch time on big projects. Reward your team for putting in the extra hours by ordering in lunch for them from a local restaurant.
- Bring in a nutritionist who can offer a lunch-and-learn and share some great nutrition tips and recipes.
- Connect with companies such as Spud.ca. They deliver right to your office and make it a convenient way to get some fresh, healthy food in your fridge while supporting local farmer
- Support local non for profit organizations such as Green Calgary and Grow Calgary.
- Invite local vendors and companies to your office for a day to talk about massage, fitness, meditation and other wellness initiatives.
- Survey employees to find out what is working and what is not.
- Create flexible work hours. People like more flexibility with work because it allows for a better structure of the day to day lifestyle and promotes work-life balance. What matters most is the quality and effectiveness of someone’s work.
- Give your responsible and reliable team members the option of working remotely 1 day out of the week. Remote work allows people to work with less distraction, eliminate long commutes, and spend more time with their families.
- Plan a wellness program filled with different on-site and off-site classes. This is a great way to unite your office in health and wellness while creating team building opportunities.
- Invite a yoga instructor into your office every couple of weeks to guide the team through a yoga class.
- You sit all day, so why not make your meetings a walking meeting instead? Research has suggested that walking makes people more creative.
- Subsidize wearable technologies like FitBit and help people monitor their fitness levels, track their sleep, and challenge friends who also have the device.
- Post a sign by the elevator that encourages employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Many wellness centres, such as LIV will offer a discount if you sign-up enough employees. Reach out to some local spots in the area and inquire about their discounted group rates.
- Create different challenges that last 14-30 days and encourage employees to participate. The challenges can incorporate daily meditation, fitness programs, nutrition etc. Contests can include most push-ups, most miles run, most miles biked etc.
- Staff can make their favorite healthy recipes and bring them into work for a cooking contest voted on by the rest of the office.
- Encourage healthier lifestyles with impromptu contests. Who brought the healthiest lunch or who did the most yoga classes?
- Track 3 things you are grateful for everyday on a community board, for 21 days.
- Encourage rest time. The benefits of resting/napping include improved creativity, productivity, and memory. Put a comfortable recliner in an unused room in your office or check out your local yoga studio for off-times when the studio is available for personal use.
- Choose a 15 time-slot in the afternoon for everyone to get away from their desk. Get outside, socialize and enjoy some fresh air!
- Studies have shown that taking breaks is a good thing for our productivity, so encourage people to schedule a small 5-10 minute break every 90 minutes to rejuvenate and come back refreshed and strong.
- Hand out weekly rewards. Team up with local wellness centres or restaurants and offer staff gift cards.
- Celebrate work anniversaries.
- Sponsor a retreat or off-site get together.
- Celebrate a funny holiday, such as friends day or yoga day.
- Hire a massage therapist for the day and offer 15 minute chair massage sessions.
- Promote laughter. Offer free tickets to local shows.
- Offer financial workshops.
- Put up a wellness wall and encourage staff to post healthy recipes, activity ideas etc.
- Create a wellness calendar and schedule wellness program initiatives.
- Create a mentorship program and training. Offer an optional weekly coaching session to discuss strategies and tactics that can help each member of the department improve in their role.
Source: 121 Employee Wellness Program Ideas For Your Office (+10 Bonus Ideas) by Snack Nation