June is National Employee Wellness Month, which makes it the perfect time for companies to brainstorm new and exciting ways to improve employee well-being. Wellness is an integral part of the employee experience that keeps people coming back into the office day after day. When workers feel healthy and happy, the impact is undeniable—they feel motivated to produce high-quality work and are more likely to stay at their current employer.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can promote a healthier workforce this month and beyond.
1. Host a brown-bag lunch to chat everything wellness
Your employees can use ample opportunities to learn more about the health benefits your company offers and helpful tidbits along the way. Bring in a fresh lunch for the company and host a brown-bag talk to showcase the ways your organization supports healthy habits. You can even bring in experts specializing in particular areas—such as physical wellness, mental health, and fiscal responsibility—to share best practices. Better yet, consider asking your employees which wellness topics they’d find the most helpful in their daily lives, and develop an educational program around their interests and needs.
2. Incentivize and promote healthy habits internally
People feel motivated to make healthy changes when they’re provided actionable strategies and incentives. Give your employees the encouragement they need to lead healthier lifestyles. Whether it’s incentivizing them to take meetings outside or hosting a yoga instructor for an afternoon session, you have the ability to promote better habits for people at your workplace. Adoption can help boost morale and create an increasingly engaged team, as well.
3. Proactively improve the commute for your employees
An often overlooked aspect of wellness is the commute, which has been found to impact the mental and physical health of millions of working Americans across the country. This Employee Wellness Month, make improving the commute a priority for you and your team. Start by sending out a form to collect information about how your employees commute to work and quantify how it impacts your team. After that, take steps to mitigate its impact on wellness by providing transit passes or incentivizing carpooling and biking. Providing more options for your employees allows them to find the alternative commuting method that works best for them.
4. Offer mental health training to managers
To further champion mind-body wellness, create a workshop focusing on mental health training for all managers. Provide them with the opportunity to learn from HR and mental health professionals with experience in cultivating environments and strategies that better support employees. By opening up forums of opportunity, managers can ask the questions they have and learn best practices to ultimately build a better workplace.
5. Take the time to evaluate your benefit programs
In order to create lasting change at your company, take a look at your employee benefits programs to discover areas of improvement. Employee benefits should be ever-evolving during a company’s lifecycle, and there are many new solutions and technologies available to employers seeking to improve their offerings to employees. With expanding frontiers in mobility, in particular, employers are finding that offering commuter benefits to their employees is improving a myriad of pain points for their company such as engagement, retention, and productivity.
Now that National Employee Wellness Month in full swing, it’s the perfect time to begin evaluating and evolving the way we sponsor well-being initiatives at work. The results of being proactive this month have the potential to transform the employee experience for months and years to come.