You care about your employees’ health and well-being, so this year, consider introducing a corporate wellness program that takes place during the workday. To kick it off, you can schedule a wellness day at work, where your employees not only get the chance to learn about their benefits and how to incorporate wellness into their lives, but to experience it firsthand, too.
Here’s everything you need to know in order to plan a stellar event that your workforce will enjoy participating in.
What Is a Wellness Day?
Have you ever heard of an employee benefits fair? During these events, benefits vendors—such as the health, vision and dental insurance companies, as well as retirement planners or in-office bankers—will set up booths to present their products to your employees. It’s often offered during open enrollment so your team can enroll in their benefit plans during the event.
A wellness day is very similar, but completely focused on your team’s physical and mental well-being. Staff can come to learn about foods that fuel them or talk about ways to stay active. Vendors from local gyms or wellness-themed businesses can set up stations and answer any questions your team may have.
What to Offer on a Wellness Day
The easiest way to convince employees to attend a corporate wellness day is by creating a lineup of wellness vendors they won’t want to miss out on. Here are four ideas for booths and events that will entice your employees to attend.
1. In-Office Massages
Who wouldn’t love a massage during the workday? Invite a masseuse to your workplace and provide them with a quiet, low-lit area to set up a booth. Require staff to sign up ahead of time for an appointment and limit the experience to 15-minute shoulder massages. This way, your staff doesn’t need to change out of their clothing at work and the masseuse can fit the most employees possible into their schedule. Just remember to reinforce that employees must show up at their designated time or they’ll forfeit their appointment.
2. Nutrition Classes
Employees flock to free food. If you’re worried about attendance, start the day with a nutrition class that offers a free healthy breakfast for participants, or schedule it during lunchtime. Your staff wants to make healthy decisions about what they put in their bodies, but there’s so much information out there it can sometimes be hard to determine what’s true. Bringing in an educated nutritionist will help ease employees’ concerns. The class will help them learn how to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families, as well as discuss topics such as BMI ranges and healthy calorie ranges.
3. Quick Fitness Classes
If you’ve partnered with a local gym, ask for a personal trainer to come to the wellness day and teach a few quick classes to your employees. These could include small training sessions—like stretches that your team can do at their workstations—or bigger events where they try something new, like Zumba. Yoga teachers also make great additions to corporate wellness days. Afterward, keep the momentum going by scheduling weekly meet-ups with interested participants who want to practice what the trainers taught them.
4. Workplace Wellness Challenge Kickoff
If you’re launching a healthy challenge for your employees, a wellness day is the perfect opportunity to kick-start it. While your employees are talking to vendors and learning how to incorporate wellness into their lives, introducing the challenge can provide further incentive. Take advantage of this and encourage them to enroll on the spot.
Wellness days are easy to plan and schedule. So long as you encourage your staff to attend, you’ll create a workplace that prioritizes employees and their well-being.