April is fast approaching, which means so is Stress Awareness Month. 30 full days to focus on how to cope with stress and the general threat it presents to an individual's overall health.
Here are 10 great ways of how to promote workplace wellness:
- Improve Employees' Mental Health: We need to look out for one another! It starts with creating a company-wide mental health plan and offering reimbursement to see a counselor (if required) and reassuring help will be provided, if needed.
- Encourage Employee Connections: People who are happy with their jobs and happy while at work often say they have strong, personal relationships with co-workers.
- Organize your team for a charity event: The work place is encouraging both physical activity and a stronger sense of giving back to one's community.
- Host Walking Meetings: Instead of sitting in a conference room to have a meeting, consider taking a walk around the block.
- Move Around: Try to move your body every hour for at least 5 minutes. Take a quick walk or do some light stretching of your arms, legs, back and shoulders.
- Reward Employees for Healthy Behavior: Columbus-based Medical Mutual of Ohio upped its health and wellness incentive from $50 to $350 in 2010 and from $350 to $1,000 in 2014. Participation rates rose to 90 percent for the company’s health assessment and to 70 percent for the full wellness program. At Medical Mutual, to earn a maximum $1,000 incentive, employees have to complete an online health assessment, participate in activities such as lunch-and-learn sessions, take online educational classes and make at least eight trips to the gym each month.
- Set Boundaries Between Work Time and Non-Work Time: Take advantage of the time away from the office to recharge yourself and relax.
- Institute Summer Fridays: Let your employees enjoy more of their summer by offering a half day or shortened days on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- Establish Designated Coffee/Tea Time: Take 15 minutes sometime during the day to grab a cup of coffee for a pick-me-up. This develops team bonding and the chance to catch up with one another and exchange stories and laughs.
- Offer a Supportive Company Culture: Positive and supportive company cultures will help recruitment efforts, while helping retain top talent. Employees are much more likely to stay with their current employer when they feel they are being treated well.