In order to work in an inspired and productive team, you need happy employees.
One way to make employees happy is to organize a health week. This is not really a new concept, but its real impact has only recently begun to be realized – employers have begun to understand how supporting the mental and physical health of employees is directly related to improved business results and goals.
The main causes of work stress are: short deadlines, excessive workload and lack of a good management culture. However, there are many other factors that contribute to work-related stress, including anxiety and depression.
Wellness weeks or wellness days provide a comprehensive, strategically planned investment in the mental, physical and social health of employees. And it pays off. Globally, this concept has proven itself as a way to reduce healthcare costs and thereby reduce absenteeism.
We have written more about how to organize a successful health week (or day) in your company here. However, if your company is already organizing a health week this season or you’re planning on organizing it, it’s worth checking the last-minute to do list . We are here to help you!
We have listed 5 important activities to pay attention to when organizing a health week:
- 1. Does everyone know what’s going to happen? Use all communication channels so that information about the start of the health week and the program reaches the participants. You can use these channels: email lists; chat channels for teams; internal office screens; the most visited places in the office (toilet, canteen, parking lot, elevator, stairhalls).
- 2. Program! Are there enough activities in the health week program that all employees can take part in? If you’re hosting a week online, it’s still important to find activities and ways to get people together. For example, everyone goes out for a walk to listen to a health lecture.
- 3. Prizes! Of course, the biggest prize is better health, but a bit of competition adds excitement and increases the motivation to participate in the program. Examples of good prizes: sports store gift card; massage; spa visit; freely chosen team event; various health products.
- 4. Motivating! Have you thought about how to motivate those employees whose motivation wanes after the first day? At the end of each day, you can send summaries of what happened and add a motivational quote at the end to keep the participants motivated.
- 5. Engagement! Of course, it is best if the health week is conducted by experts in their field (like us), but it helps to increase the involvement of employees if one of your own is also in the group. Maybe there is someone in your team who knows everything about healthy eating or is a yoga fan? Time to include them in the management team and ask them to share the knowledge with colleagues.
If you need help organizing a health week, we are here for you: firstname.lastname@example.org