One of the best corporate wellness activities ever initiated, with the greatest engagement level, occurred a few years ago. I joined my fellow colleagues in the corporate boardroom for a 3pm stretch session. It was all of 15 minutes to a Richard Simmons Video (LINK and SOURCE: Richard Simmons leads Fun Stretches for Desk Workers https://youtu.be/iD6NDkGYmPw via @YouTube). We all showed up, we all laughed our heads off, we all participated in the stretches, mimicked Richard Simmons, and we all went back to our desks happier and ready to get back to work. Here are words to describe the experience: workplace satisfaction; positive mood; and simply team fun!
And so, here are some steps to creating an Active Corporate Workplace - Create Challenges and/ or an Opportunity for Engagement!
1. Recruit a Health & Wellness Committee
2. Create the Corporate Challenge or Activity
Decide if the challenge is between the individual employees or a team of employees to compete.
Define the category for the challenge for example:
Pick the challenge and get ready to compete for bragging rights!
3. Incent for Participation
Encourage participation throughout entire organization. There are no limits to who can be involved, so be inclusive. Incent for participation
4. Reward for Effort and Success
5. Have FUN and Create Another Challenge
Do not stop at one challenge, plan for the year! Reap the positive benefits associated with employee engagement.
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Eating healthy at the office isn’t always easy. The breakroom vending machine is just down the hall, and your favourite fast food restaurant is a quick five-minute walk away, so there really isn’t anything stopping you from indulging in some unhealthy treats on a weekly basis.
That said, committing to a healthy diet is such an important part of overall health and wellness, and sometimes all it takes to get down the right diet path is a little bit of preparation. With that in mind, here’s a list of 10 healthy office snacks that don’t require a ton of work, but with a little bit of planning can pack a big healthy punch.
It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.