Workplace wellness doesn’t have to mean on-site gyms, says the Wall Street Journal, in a new addition to their Small Business How-to Guides.
Yesterday I talked about small-business dissatisfaction with health-plan wellness programs. Today, I am going to share a few tips on making your business more “wellness friendly” for employees.
• Replace vending machine candy with granola bars and low-fat treats.
• Post fast-food facts in the kitchen area (Burger King Whopper with cheese is less appealing when you see that 48 grams of fat attached to it).
• Reward employees for taking confidential health risk assessments. Make sure you offer an incentive to increase employee participation.
• Review claims at the end of year and bring in speakers to address relevant issues, such as high blood pressure.
Lunchtime speakers can have great impact on employees. A few of my personal favorites include the following topics for brown-bag sessions:
• Stress management and easy meditation techniques
• Nutrition advice and cooking tips
• Stairwell walking and office stretches – as demonstrated by a senior executive!
Ask employees what they would like to hear about, and let me know what they say.