Kicking off the 6th Annual National Employee Wellness Month
April 4, 2014 / Employee Engagement
Employee health and wellness is the cornerstone of our mission to change lives for good and make companies better. We know that healthy, happy employees are more productive ones – on and off the job. Helping people feel their best has a lot of components, but wellness programs are one of the best ways employers can foster employee well-being, while showing just how much they care.
That philosophy is exactly why, in 2009 in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, we created National Employee Wellness Month. This important initiative helps business leaders learn how companies successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. Held annually in June and now in its sixth year, National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by both organizations and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork.
“National Employee Wellness Month has been a phenomenal initiative because it encourages organizations and individuals alike to focus on taking steps to improve employee health and well-being,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse.
“Year after year, employers say National Employee Wellness Month is a great umbrella campaign for all their employee health offerings – it boosts employees’ awareness of the range of benefits available, and drives additional participation in them.”
Getting involved is simple – all you need to do is pledge your company’s support (it’s free!), and promote healthy workplace activities during the month. Activities and events can be as simple as replacing the junk food in the vending machine with healthier options. For more ideas on how you can support the initiative, check out our tips below.
3 Tips for Supporting National Employee Wellness Month
- Once you’ve pledged your support for the month, get employees amped up by driving a little healthy competition. Encourage walking meetings where attendees use a wearable fitness tracking device to see who can rack up the most steps, or offer big bragging rights to the team that brings a healthy brown-bag lunch in for a full week.
- Drive engagement in National Employee Wellness Month by organizing fun, healthy events. Consider getting employees, their families, and their friends on board for a local walk/run 5K and hand out team T-shirts, or sponsor a healthy catered lunch once a month.
- Make the healthy choice the easy choice for your employees by fixing the work environment. Ditch the soda fountain and replace it with water, give Donut Friday the axe and offer up a healthy yogurt bar instead, or encourage employees to take their lunch breaks to the gym, instead of the drive-through.
Want to get involved in National Employee Wellness Month? Check out the website to pledge your support today! Don’t forget to join in on the social conversation by using #NEWM2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.