At a recent health and wellness roundtable of the BC Human Resources Management Association, roundtable chair Antonio Zivanovic of Corporate Occupational Solutions spoke on the topic of Affordable Corporate Health and Wellness Programs.
He invited the group to share suggestions or ideas that they had implemented in their own organizations.
Here were three that I found helpful and that I felt would benefit other organizations.
1) Put out a bowl of fruit at reception that employees, clients and visitors can enjoy. This inexpensive gesture is a visual cue to employees and visitors that this is a workplace that values health and wellness. Moreover, when employees are feeling a little hungry they may opt to simply reach for an apple rather than leaving the office to buy a chocolate bar or a bag of chips.
2) Encourage staff to participate in a team sport or train for a team event. One former colleague used to play soccer after work with a team made up of friends from a number of companies around town. Not only did it keep him in shape but it was also a good opportunity to meet people and generate business. In Vancouver, one of the big events that companies enter teams in is the Vancouver Sun Run: a 10 km running race around the downtown area that annually attracts tens of thousands of people. For $40 per person each team member gets a t-shirt and is encouraged to train either with the group or on their own for several months before the race. Training for the event keeps people jogging and in shape while they also get to interact with co-workers outside of the office environment.
3) WorkSafeBC’s “WorkSafe Sam Stretch Prompter”. WorkSafeBC offers this free tool on its website. It is an applet that when installed and running sits in your computer’s desktop tray. It runs in the background and prompts the user, at set intervals, to get up and stretch and offers other tips. The intervals can be set by the user. The applet can be found at:
The important thing to remember is the even if your company does not have a large budget for health and wellness there are always options at every budget level – even free.