6 Easy Ways To Facilitate Fun Workplace Wellness Program

by Oct 11, 2022

Businesses need to build a culture that fosters positivity and mindfulness to succeed. Many organizations implement an employee engagement program that helps people connect and have fun. However, not everyone knows where to start.

If you’re looking to start a good workplace culture, you need to know the basic building blocks to optimize fun and wellness at work. Here are six easy ways to facilitate a fun workplace wellness program that everyone will enjoy.


What Are Workplace Wellness Programs?

Workplace wellness programs typically focus on ways to improve the health of employees. Instead of implementing a one size fits all type of program, companies offer personalized options. This might involve giving employees access to a gym or offering workshops.

The best wellness programs inspire employees to make healthier choices. An inspiring program makes them feel valued and excited to do their best.

Fun wellness programs are vital because they cultivate positivity. Think about it. You get up every day and go to work. That little extra boost of positivity can make a difference in how you approach your day.

Fun workplace wellness programs are also beneficial for your employees’ mental health. No one wants to spend most of their waking hours in an unpleasant environment.


1. Encourage An Active Body Through Physical Challenges

Investing in your health is the first step to a fun workplace wellness program. Your employees probably spend most of their day sitting down. As a result, people are not as active as they could be. It’s time to kickstart a wellness program that lets them stay active.

One of the best ways to encourage activity is to create physical challenges. For instance, you can help your people reach their goals through fun workouts. You can provide prizes for the winners. Races, obstacle courses, and other competitive activities can also foster a sense of teamwork.

Physical challenges encourage good health, but they also build interpersonal relationships. Employees who participate in these challenges will have fun and get to know each other better.


2. Get Emotionally Fit Through Mindfulness

A good workplace wellness program doesn’t focus solely on physical health. A genuinely successful wellness program encourages your employees to be emotionally fit too. Employees who struggle with stress are more likely to get sick. Stress can also affect productivity.

Workplace wellness programs should also focus on mental health. Once people focus on their physical health, they often neglect their mental health. You need to help your employees strike a balance between their health. 

You can integrate emotional fitness into the wellness program in a way that’s appropriate for your business. For instance, you can offer meditation workshops, and employees can sign up for yoga classes. You should be clear about what you can expect from your employees.

You can implement a mindfulness program to create a healthy workplace. It can teach your employees to manage stress, foster healthy relationships, and provide many other benefits.


3. Do Walking Meetings

Sometimes, you must bring a group of people together for a brainstorming session. But, you don’t want to spend an hour or even half of their time. You only have a short amount of time to share ideas. 

Walking meetings are a good solution. All you need is about 20 minutes to cover a lot of ground, and you can go at your own pace. You can schedule walking meetings weekly; their benefits surpass your meetings. 

Walking meetings teach your employees to prepare for meetings more effectively. People usually allow discussions to meander, but you have to be more organized and focused when you have a time limit. You should schedule walking meetings during lunch or before or after work. 


4. Volunteering At A Local Shelter

Volunteering is an excellent way to make employees feel like they’re making a difference. Everyone loves giving back to their communities, especially during the holidays. When you volunteer during the holidays, you create meaningful experiences. You can also let employees volunteer during other times of the year. 

Suppose you want to add a charitable component to your wellness program and volunteer at a local shelter. You can have your employees volunteer once a month or once a quarter. Some employees might want to volunteer more often.

This allows your employees to do something they can feel good about. For example, you can organize a volunteer day at a local animal shelter. Animal shelters always need help; your employees can get a lot out of helping.

It’s essential to give people some flexibility. Not everyone can volunteer simultaneously, so keep that in mind. Once you organize your volunteer schedule, let everyone know. Change things up so people can participate when they can. 


5. Healthy Lunch Catering At Work

Bringing food from home was the norm, and everyone knew how to make nutritious meals. But, more and more people rely on deliveries to cater to their lunches. This opens up a massive opportunity for you. 

Build a healthy workplace by catering nutritious meals for your employees. You can offer a healthy lunch option every day. This can encourage people to choose healthier alternatives when they’re hungry.  

Lunch is an excellent time to build a strong relationship between your employees. Your lunch menu can be an opportunity for your business to show appreciation. For instance, you can have a theme every day. For instance, you can cater Italian food every Tuesday, Mexican food on Wednesday, and so on.  

You can outsource the service if you want to offer your employees nutritious snacks. There are plenty of healthy food delivery companies. They can take the guesswork out of keeping your employees fed and healthy. Offering healthy lunch catering can be a great way to add value to your employees’ lives. 


6. Build A Culture Of Gratitude With Each Other

Good workplace wellness programs encourage your employees to be mindful of their health. But, they want to do this in an environment that welcomes it. Your wellness program should be an environment where employees feel good about making healthy choices. 

A wellness program should also invite and support gratitude. You can do this by having meetings where you talk about wins. You can create a culture of appreciation by celebrating milestones.

You can show your employees that you care about them, and they’ll be more likely to participate in your wellness program. It requires effort, but it pays off.  


The Bottom Line

There is a lot to consider when building a fun workplace wellness program. However, you’ll be on the right path if you think about the critical focus areas. Encourage your people to be active, emotionally fit, and grateful. You can build a comprehensive wellness program that your employees will love. 


Written by: Katie Pierce

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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