Did you know that October is Workplace Wellness Month?
Many workplaces try to find ways to help improve their staff’s overall wellbeing, by offering clinics, lunch n’ learns, stretch breaks etc. Here are my top favourite activities to help employees become more aware of their health and improving their health in the workplace.
- A lunch n’ learn: Bring your own lunch and learn something at the same time, why not? This is a great way to help your staff learn something new. These events can come at a cost depending on what type of topic you want to learn about or free. Ideas range from nutrition, health, and ergonomic assessments.
- Onsite Massage Therapist: What could be better than having your own massage therapist right at work? Prior to running after three children, I managed a corporate fitness & wellness centre and we had an onsite registered massage therapist. This was a great benefit for employees. Being proactive with your health is important. A lot of people will say I don’t have time to get a massage, but when you can’t move, you will wish you made the time. Being able to see a therapist on-site saves time, keeps you well, and there is no need to skip out early from work.
- Stretch Breaks: Another one of my favourites. If there is money in the budget you can bring a health professional into the office or to keep the costs down, you can research a few basic stretches and lead your group through them at the same time each day. Music is optional. It is important that we move regularly.
- Ergonomic Assessments: Complaining of a low back, sore neck, wrists, etc? Do you know if you are set up properly for your desk? Do your research and find a health professional that can come in to give each employee an assessment. Your body will thank you.
Remember healthy employees make happy ones.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness