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Create a Healthier Workforce with These Employee Wellness Program Ideas

Your company’s wellness program should include a variety of different incentives. Choose wellness program ideas that will engage your employees and encourage their participation.

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Workplace Wellness Ideas for Your Company

Running an employee wellness program makes good business sense for your company and can greatly improve the health and well-being of your workforce. Success ultimately depends on engagement and participation. The key is choosing the wellness solutions that will appeal most to your employees.

There are countless wellness program ideas that can be integrated into your company’s program. Here are some you may want to consider.

Goal Setting and Tracking

Wellness can mean different things for different people. Allow your employees to set goals that make sense for them. Then encourage them to keep wellness logs and have them assess their progress at regular intervals.

The Buddy System

Some people are more likely to reach their goals when they share them with other people. Consider pairing off your employees, so every participant has someone who can demand accountability and offer encouragement along the way.

Health Screenings

During your wellness program kickoff event and at regular intervals during the year, offer free health screenings for your employees. A simple health screening can check blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels. It can also provide BMI (body mass index) assessments and other useful data that will give your employees a snapshot of their current state of health.

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Sensible Snacks

Stress at work, along with the need to grab a quick bite, can lead some people to make questionable food choices during the day, so a few workplace wellness ideas can be a big help. Make sensible snacks readily available in break rooms and vending machines, distribute menus from restaurants that offer healthy lunch options, or even bring in a nutritionist to show your employees how to make better choices both at work and at home.

Walking Club

Your company doesn’t need to have a gym on property in order for your employees to get exercise during the day. Start a walking club and encourage your employees to take steps toward better health at lunchtime, during coffee breaks or after work

5-Minute Yoga

Bring in a yoga instructor to teach your employees a simple routine they can do at their desks. Similar wellness program ideas include 5-Minute Pilates and 5-Minute Meditation. A short fitness break can help ward off the afternoon lull and increase productivity throughout the day.


Some of the best workplace wellness ideas are the ones that reward your staff for participating. Bring in a masseuse to give chair massages at your wellness program kickoff event and at various milestones during the program.

The Point System

Set up a point system where various healthy activities garner a certain number of points. Points might be given for going to the gym, taking 10,000 steps in a day, choosing the stairs over the elevator, skipping a cigarette break, sleeping a certain number of hours, or making a healthy choice at lunch.

Incentivizing Good Health

Improved health might be enough of an incentive for some people, but many wellness program ideas can be more effective when there is something tangible on the line. In the point system mentioned above, employees are more eager to participate when they know their points can get them something in return.

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