Healthy Employees, Healthy Business (How to create a wellness program for your team that gets them motivated)

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It’s American Heart Month making it the perfect time of year to talk Wellness programs for your business. You and your team spend most of their life working and you want to help them stay healthy and productive. So how do you create a Wellness Program that entices your team to participate? One that will bring your team together, make them healthier, more productive and saves money on health care costs, all while having fun?

That’s what I’m going to show you. I’ve put together some ideas below to make it easy for you to create one or if you already have one in place, these ideas will improve what you’re already doing. Let’s first look at some statistics from the U.S. Chamber of Commerceso we know why we need one:

  • Top two chronic health conditions driving health-related costs for employers were depression and obesity.
  • Employees who scored low on “life satisfaction” stayed home from work 1.25 more days per month than those with higher scores, adding up to about 15 additional days off per year.
  • If an individual does the following five things, they typically spend 33 percent to 50 percent less on healthcare costs: Walking 30 minutes per day, eating healthy, not smoking, having a waist size less than half their height and drinking alcohol only in moderation.
  • Studies show that well-designed wellness programs have a return on investment of $1.50 to $3 per dollar spent over a 2 to 9 year timeframe.

Wow! If we can help our employees not to feel depressed and we can get them to a healthy weight they will not only be healthier, they’ll be more productive at work, save money on healthcare and by helping them win in life, we win too. That’s my favorite…a win-win for everyone involved. So let’s get a wellness program in place ASAP!

Tip #1:Look around your office, what do you see? Is it a healthy environment for your employees? Do your employees look happy, do they look healthy?

  • Look at their desks:
    • Plants: Do they have a plant nearby? Plants reduce stress, clean the air and increase productivity.
    • Ergonomic: Are their desks and chairs ergonomic? Do they have sit-stand stations? Did you know you can increase productivity by 46% with a sit-stand station? Coming from someone who’s used one for years I can attest to it being a game changer. Our bodies weren’t made to sit at a desk for hours on end. Wrist, neck, back pain, etc. came out of me trying to do it and being in pain, missing work because of migraines, etc. definitely wasn’t good for anyone.
    • Stress relief: What do you have at their desks or in the office to help them release stress?
      • Stress Relievers: A stress reliever may not seem helpful, but when we’re stressed we clinch our bodies. The simple act of squeezing a stress reliever helps us to stop clinching. This fun one changes color with the heat from your hands.color-changing-stress-ball-45000
        Remember playing with putty as a child and how much fun it was? This putty is made to relieve stress and never dries out.


  • Relaxation lotion: Self-care is important for all of us. By having a lavender scented lotion like this one at their desk it calms down their mind so they can think clearer.relax-lotion-40175
  • Look at the common areas:
    • Do you have work-free zones for them to take a break, play a game, read a book, color, stretch, meditate?coloring-book-2110
    • Do you have signs up encouraging:
      • Take the stairs
      • Park further away
      • Drink more water
      • Have walking meetings
      • Eat healthyuntitled


Tip#2: Make it fun and get them engaged! Besides adding the things above to what you’re already doing you’ll need to get your employees engaged and what better way than by making it fun and competitive. People are competitive by nature so use that to get them on board.

  • Healthy habitsThink about what healthy habits your employees need. Here are a few ideas:
    • Losing weight
    • Drinking more water
    • Eating healthier/portion control
    • Stop smoking
    • Sleeping more
    • Exercising regularly
    • Stress reduction
  • Contests and challenges: These are a great way to get people involved and can last for a day, week, month, quarter, etc. Just do one see what worked and what didn’t, tweak it and repeat it. Here’s a few ideas of ones you can do:
    • Most weight lost
    • Most steps taken
    • Most water drank
    • Healthiest lunch of the day
    • Random Act of Kindness (good for the soul)
    • Trivia contests for health
    • Most times used the stairs over the elevator
    • 21 days of gratitude
    • Most walking meetinguntitled1
  • Have a “High 5 board”A board set up in a common area/online where people can post the following:
    • Healthy recipes
    • Best hikes
    • Recognize others
    • Challenges/contests that are currently going on
    • Inspirational quote of the day/week/month
    • Exercise groups
    • Daily walk group schedule
    • Stretch break schedule (place and time to meet to stretch during day)
    • Classes
    • Calendar for the monthhighfive-111214135357-phpapp01-thumbnail-3
  • Team walks for a causeDo fitness walks as a team. My son and I do the Alzheimer Walk with Anthem Blue Cross’ team and I’ve done the 39-mile walk against breast cancer for the past 6 years with my KRTY (radio station)team. It’s much more fun to do as a team instead of by yourself or just with one other person. Thereare walks being done all the time. Just pick a cause you want to support and they’d love to have you. It’s also good as a role model and for business to show that you give back!alzheimer-walkbc-walk
  • Have events around your wellness program such as:
    • Health fair
    • Obstacle course race
    • Presentations from experts
    • Baseball, Kickball, etc. tournamentssnacknation-office-kickball-league1

Tip#3: Reward healthy behaviors! We all know that rewards help all of us achieve our goals so make sure you put it into your wellness program. Here are some ideas:

  • Have team and individual rewards depending on the challenge. Team building is great to build into this.
  • Have Healthy Bucks” (fake money with your company name on it that they receive when they are “caught being healthy”. They can then redeem it for company swag, time off, prizes, etc.
  • Most people love a good massage and what a great way to be rewarded after working hard. Have a chair masseuse come in or make a deal with a massage company to have your employees go there.
  • Have a prize wheel that they spin when they achieve their milestone/goal.
  • Give health based prizes branded with your logoThe employee will love it and you’ll advertise your business to everyone that sees it.3

I’ve given you a lot of ideas here so you can easily implement/improve your Wellness Program. Your employees and bottom line will thank you for doing it too. Save money, get healthy, be productive and ultimately live the life you and they dream of because you have the energy to do it.

If you need help coming up with branded items for your wellness program we can handle it all for youFrom pedometers to headphones and everything in between to help your employees get healthy and reward them for doing so. For more ideas to include in your wellness program click here and download your BONUS to this article. Our TOP 10 promotional items to include in your Corporate Wellness Program AND what 10 other SUCCESSFUL companies are doing for theirs. 

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Shana Anderson-Nute
Spitfire Advertising, Inc.

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