75 Awesome Workplace Wellness Program Ideas

August 15, 2018

Here's a rundown of some of the best company wellness ideas and perks for employers. Did we miss some? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

 

PHYSICAL FITNESS AND HEALTH

 

1.    Onsite yoga classes

 

Get your yoga flow on at the office and end up with focused, healthy employees. The Active Workplace can set it up.

 

2.    Onsite Bootcamp classes

 

Get your employees fit with bodyweight exercises right at

 

your office, saving time and building camaraderie. Don’t want to brag, but we have the best instructors.

 

3.    Pilates

 

Pilates is a low impact muscle toning and lengthening program with a lot of core work. Perfect for shaping up your workforce.

 

4.    Dance fitness

 

You’ve probably seen the zumba craze around. Why not perfect some dance moves while you are getting fit? Great for all ages, too.

 

5.    Adventure race

 

Rally the troops and attack an adventure race together. Nothing builds teamwork like assaulting a rope wall or crawling under barbed wire together.

 

 

6.    Morning stretch

 

Gather your peeps together and go through a quick morning stretch to get the blood flowing and get ready for the day.

 

 

7.    Standing or walking meetings

 

Substantive work and exercise don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Take the meeting on the road – it might even be more efficient and dynamic.

 

8.    Walking challenge

 

Encourage your employees to walk at least a mile a day and reward those who keep it up!

 

9.    5k run

 

Gather some folks together and sign up for a charity run or road race. You can even put together a couch to 5k program for them.

 

10.  Build a workout room

 

You don’t need a huge facility to dedicate a space for people to workout it. An extra office, hallway or converted conference room can work fine.

 

11.  Onsite fitness center

 

Of course if the will and means are there, a full fledged facility can really take your fitness program to the next level.

 

12.  Spin classes

 

If you have the equipment or a bit of budget to spend, on-site spinning classes are a great way to get the blood pumping.

 

13.  Onsite personal training

 

Getting a qualified personal trainer to offer his or her services on site could cost the company the company $0. The Active Workplace can hook it up.

 

14.  Company field day

 

Take a day for outdoor games for adults. Compete in team or individually for bragging rights.

 

15.  Standing desks

 

“Sitting is the new smoking” is the new popular refrain. Long workdays lead to prolonged sitting. Stand up for your employees’ health and productivity.

 

16.  Bosu balls

 

A couple of inflatable exercise balls bouncing around the office provides a healthy way to work and work on your core at the same time.

 

17.  Online fitness challenge

 

Get the competitive juices flowing with a fitness challenge using online workout videos or fitness tracking.

 

18.  Subsidize fitness plans

 

Treat your people to customized fitness plans to help them meet their goals in an educated fashion.

 

19.  Join a sports league

 

Put together a company softball, bowling, or even a water polo team and enter in a local league.

 

20.  Barbell club

 

Powerlifting and olympic lifting - it’s not just for meatheads! Because some people are more into building explosive strength than joining a walking club.

 

21.  Onsite fitness challenge

 

Combine physical fitness improvements with team-building and friendly competition to really ramp up the morale and excitement of being part of your workplace.

 

22.  Invest in wearables

 

Fitbits, apple watches, samsung watches, they can all track your steps these days. Empower your people to keep moving by subsidizing the wearable of your choice.

 

23.  Take the stairs!

 

Run a “stairs only” day or week - a bit easier if you don’t work in a high rise. Then again if you do, what a great workout!

 

24.  Biggest loser challenge

 

Who can lose the most weight? Conduct weekly weigh-ins and reward employees for reaching their weight-loss goals.

 

 

NUTRITION

 

25.  Cooking class

 

Bring in a pro to teach some exciting healthy cooking recipes.  A fun event with a tasty focus.

 

26.  Healthy vending/kiosk snacks

 

Tired of working late with nothing but junk food to snack on? Check out Leanbox or SnackNation.

 

27.  Onsite cold pressed coffee

 

It’s a great time for coffee snobs, your options for onsite coffee resources are nearly endless.

 

28.  Water challenge

 

Dare your workers to get a full 8 glasses of water a day and reward those who follow through - highlighting an important but often overlooked health metric.

 

29.  Nutrition talk and education

 

Bring in a dynamic speak to but together some tips an tricks on eating right.

 

30.  Farmshare subscription

 

Fresh batches of veggies from your local farm shipped straight to your workplace - just divvy up the healthy haul.

 

31.  Discounted meal delivery program

 

Companies like Fresh n Lean will ship all the ingredients for a healthy meal, so you don't have to waste time planning and executing grocery store trips.

 

32.  Free lunch Friday

 

Gets everyone together to compare notes at the end of the week. And hey, paying for lunch with Pre tax dollars just makes sense.

 

 

HEALTH SERVICES

 

33.  Onsite optometry

 

Peep this - 20/20 onsite built a specialized mobile optometry studio. No more squinting get those glasses or contacts prescription you've been putting off.

 

34.  Onsite physical therapy

 

When a worker gets injured, multiple trips a week to the physical therapist can eat into productivity. Why not have one on call for onsite visits? They usually take insurance.

 

35.  Onsite vaccine or flu shots

 

Flu season can decimate an office in short order. Fight back by bringing a nurse in to inoculate your workforce.

 

36.  Health screenings

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A classic and important wellness offering is to help your employees catch any problems early.

 

37.  Quit smoking programs

 

Disease associated with smoking is still a major killer in the United states. Offering a way to quit can save lives and reduce healthcare costs for your cohort.

 

 

RECHARGING AND PRODUCTIVITY

 

38.  Team Building activities and games

 

A team that plays together can free up idea flow and break down trust barriers. Offerings are extensive... so contact us for some ideas.

 

39.  Daily “scrum” – morning meeting to set goals for the day

 

Start each day off with a quick huddle to get everyone on track and focused from the get go. Doesn't have to take long, and you don't even have to sit down for it. Favorite of coders.

 

40.  Onsite laundry services

 

Dry cleaning runs can be a thing of the past. Save your people time and help them keep looking good for clients.

 

41.  Onsite massage

 

Sounds almost too luxurious, but not as expensive as you might think - a quick 15 minute massage may be just the thing to recharge, keep those synapses firing and solving problems.

 

42.  Nap room

 

Research shows that a quick few minutes of shut eye can aid concentration. Why not let your employees take a quick productive break rather than snooze at their desks.

 

43.  Unlimited time off

 

Sure it sounds gratuitous, but it's really about flexibility. If your employees are meeting their goals, why bother counting attendance. It's results that count.

 

44.  Shared office or collaborative space

 

A place to share ideas and brainstorm has long been considered critical for some industries. Others may want to evolve.

 

45.  Remote work policy

 

Save on office space and allow your employees to save on commuting and real estate costs. With all the remote conferencing and communication advances, many employees can be even more productive at home.

 

46.  Company card for expenses

 

Sign up for a company card to track business expenses, and collect the points!

 

47.  Onsite tax preparer

 

Tax time is a headache - make life easier by having an accountant drop by and offer services early in the season, before panic time.

 

48.  Hold meetings outside

 

Exotic things like fresh air, sun, vitamin d, you know... creature comforts you don't get living  under fluorescent candle light.

 

49.  Sleep challenge

 

Tracking sleep for a 4 week period can wake you up to the health benefits of catching enough shut eye. Focusing on one undervalued health metric to encourage changes in habit.

 

50. Rethink the dress code

 

Formal office wear is expensive and stuffy and can even throw off clients used to a more laid back vibe. In matters of fashion, go with the current trends.

 

51. Discounted work attire

 

If you do have a preferred dress code, chances are you can get a group benefit. Make sure to take advantage.

 

52.  Subsidize public transportation

 

It's easy enough to allow employees to pay for public transportation with pretax dollars through a cafeteria plan. Even better, help subsidize green choices.

 

53.  Onsite tailor

 

You executives are pressed for time. Get them measured up onsite.

 

54.  Discounted real estate broker

 

Establish a relationship with a local realtor and negotiate preferred status for your relocating hires.

 

55.  Mobile barber

 

Get your hair did in the convenience of your own office.

 

56.  Onsite manicures and cosmetics

 

Manicube will send in their onsite manicurists to primp and beautify you right at work, saving you a trip to the salon.

 

57.  Onsite daycare services

 

Some daycares fine you if you’re late to pick up the little ones. Not good if you have to stay late to meet a deadline. Make things easier with a daycare facility onsite!

 

58.  Maternity/paternity policy

 

Most companies may have a maternity leave policy, but does it address your new fathers? Help out your dudes too!

 

JUST FOR FUN

 

59.  Company outings

 

Sports games, go-karts, paintball, rock climbing, wine-tasting, hikes...the possibilities are endless. Get your employees out of the office and they might see each other in a different light, and collaborate better.

 

60.  Company formal

 

Include the significant others and get dudded up for a night out.

 

61.  Dress for holidays

 

Halloween costumes, ugly sweater contests - get goofy with it!

 

62.  Game room

 

Get your energy level up by talking about the next project over a game of Foosball or ping pong.

 

63.  Bring your pets to the office

 

Set aside a day each quarter when dogs are welcome in the office. Pups reduce stress hormones and ease the daily grind!

 

64.  March madness

 

Get your basketball brackets together and set up a competition with prizes, or just for bragging rights. Maybe set up a few watch parties for the big games.

 

65.  Super bowl squares

 

Even for the casual football fan, super bowl squares is an easy way to make the game more interesting.

 

66.  Party!

 

Holidays, seasons, company milestones, birthdays, it is easy to find an excuse!

 

INSPIRATION

 

67.  Host an author for a book reading or signing

 

Invite an up and coming author to give a reading from a new novel, or sign copies for your staff.

 

68.  Company mission statement

 

Form a committee to inspire you workers with a statement on your higher principles.

 

69.  Volunteer for Habitat

 

Get out from behind those desks and help build a home for others.

 

70.  Charity drive

 

What goes around comes around - build some karma and raise money for your favorite charity, as a team.

 

71.  Daily Morning quotes

 

Uplift your employees with some fancy thoughts they can consume with their morning cup of joe.

 

72.  Book club

 

Foster discussion groups for the voracious readers among you.

 

73.  Education scholarship or subsidies

 

Invest in an educated workforce by providing stipends for continuing education and the like.

 

74.  Personal finance seminar

 

Bring in an expert to help your people stretch their paychecks and pursue sensical tax planning.

 

75.  Book sharing/company library

 

“Leave a book, take a book” - for some light reading on the train in and out of the office.

 

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