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Why Your Company Should Host an Employee Wellness Day

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Maybe the idea of a health fair doesn’t exactly leave your employees squirming at their desks with anticipation. However, the idea of a work day full of helpful education, free resources, and fun certainly will! An Employee Wellness Day is a spin on a traditional health fair, and your company will reap benefits from hosting one. This is an interactive and fun event that should be all about your employees and creating a culture of wellness.

8551937456_9f2c1544d3_z.jpgHosting an Employee Wellness Day is guaranteed to inspire, educate, and engage employees. This type of event will give your employees a much-needed break–and it’s a great way to start off the New Year. There are many ways to revamp an old-school health fair and personalize it for your employees. Here are just some of the many benefits your company will receive from hosting and Employee Wellness Day and tips to help you make it an incredible experience:

Employee Appreciation

If you show your employees some appreciation, you’ll receive some appreciation back in return! It’s really that simple. Offering your employees a chance to participate in an Employee Wellness Day shows them that your company truly cares about their health and wellbeing. Employees should feel that their company supports and appreciates them on a personal level, and hosting an event dedicated to their physical and mental health does just that.   

Valuable and Convenient Health Education

An Employee Wellness Day is a great way to provide education your employees in a non-invasive way. Employees will have a chance to learn about their own health in a relaxed environment, rather than through a visit to the doctor’s office on their own time. For example, an Employee Wellness Day with TotalWellness includes:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Flexibility 
  • Body Composition 
  • Educational Resources 
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol and Glucose Testing

These are all basic essentials that employees should know about their health. Hosting an onsite event is a convenient way to offer employees the testing, resources, and education they need to assess their health that they may not get on their own time.

Engage and Inspire Your Employees

There’s really no better way to inspire and engage employees than through a hands-on approach. Employees will get a chance to interact with healthcare professionals and other peers for advice and tips on living a healthy lifestyle. A group environment shows employees that they are not alone in their journey towards a healthy lifestyle, which offers a sense of encouragement and inspiration. Plus, a fun, interactive event is a foolproof way to ensure employee engagement and participation in your wellness program.

Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Employee Wellness Day

Having trouble thinking of ways to transition from a traditional, stuffy health fair environment? Keep in mind some of these tips to make the best out of your Employee Wellness Day:

  • Time & Place. Make sure that you host an Employee Wellness Day during normal office hours at your company location. Most employees don’t want to attend a work event on a day off or after a long day at the office. Hosting the event during a work day will increase both participation and enthusiasm.
  • Bring in the Community. Partner up! Find local gyms that would offer a fitness class session or yoga demos for your employees. Try reaching out to healthy restaurants or local markets to share food samples or meal inspiration. Bring in even more wellness activities by partnering up with local spas or health coaches. Be sure to go with a holistic approach to show employees the many factors that go into living a healthy life.
  • Keep Things Fun. Incorporate music, have free healthy food samples, and decorate! Come up with a few fun games for employees to win prizes, hold a raffle, or host a dance-off. You want to be sure that your company’s Employee Wellness Day is educational, but still as fun and interactive as possible.

Employee Wellness Day has a lot to offer for both employees and employers alike. It’s a great way to bring life into your wellness program and show employees that you are serious about their health. Maybe your Employee Wellness Day will even help positively change some lives.

Have you ever participated in or been involved in planning an Employee Wellness Day? Please comment below and share any thoughts or tips you have for hosting an Employee Wellness Day!

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Topics: Wellness Programs, Company Culture, Employee Engagement