Thinking of employee wellness ideas can be overwhelming - and it’s not one-size-fits-all. Employee wellness differs depending on the size of your organization. A large organization might have a full-sized cafeteria that can be catered towards healthy options whereas a smaller organization may seek to help employees make better choices on their own. With a little creativity and a strong strategy, you’ll find that employee wellness ideas for small businesses are not only bountiful, but often free to implement.
Here are a few of our favorites…
Make a List of Healthy Lunch Choices Nearby
For smaller businesses, employees tend to bring their own lunches or go someplace local and grab lunch on the go. Buying lunch doesn’t have to be a nutrition-killer and actually provides an opportunity for wellness-minded leaders to make suggestions.
Try compiling a list of healthy options at the lunch hotspots near to work. This will help your employees know that just because they are buying lunch, it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing their nutrition. You can even encourage individuals to add to the list when a new place opens up or they find a hidden gem.
Farm Share Programs are Here to Help
It’s likely that your headquarters is in within range of a local farm share program - this is when local growers create an exchange with local citizens to sell direct, fresh ingredients available seasonally. Usually this means fresher produce, better pricing, and stimulus for local economy. It’s an employee wellness idea that’s a win for everyone.
Do preliminary research to see if there’s a farm share program near your organization’s main office. Ask your people if they are interested and give it a shot! Many organizations find that employees like the convenience of food being brought right to them, enjoy cooking with new ingredients, and eat healthier without even noticing.
Consider a “Bike to Work Credit”
Many employees consider biking to work but are hesitant to get started. They know there’s a somewhat high start up cost and can use that to delay making the decision. If possible, consider a “Bike to Work Credit” as an employee wellness idea. This could mean providing a stipend for a new bicycle to help alleviate some of the initial cost, it could mean a special “cyclists lunch” every month, or even free helmets.
Depending what your organization has in the budget, you can find a small way to show your people you support their fitness journey and want to help them get started.
Employee wellness ideas don’t have to have a big price tag. From healthy snacks to recipes shares to working with local farmers, your organization can find the solution that sticks and add a new element to your culture based on employee wellness.
Thinking about implementing a wellness program but are afraid your people will be slow to warm to the idea? Learn three ways to boost employee wellbeing participation and see if MeYou Health, employee wellness designed specifically for small businesses, is right your organization.