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Updated: May 13, 2024 7 Things

7 Things I know about ... Successful workplace wellness programs

Michelle Grasso is the owner of Synergy Wellness Center in Hudson.


1) Prioritize work-life balance. Encourage employees to set clear boundaries around work hours and workload expectations. Encourage breaks throughout the day and discourage overworking or working during off-hours. Leaders who walk the talk model healthy behaviors by respecting their own work-life balance.

2) Provide wellness resources. Offer access to mental health services, fitness facilities, or wellness programs. Consider partnering with local wellness centers to offer wellness coaching, educational onsite workshops, or chair massages.

3) Encourage physical activity. Promote walking meetings, standing desks, or group fitness challenges. Physical activity not only improves physical health but boosts mood, focus, and productivity.

4) Support mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Provide referrals and support for mental health, such as counseling services or mindfulness workshops. Create an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing concerns without fear of stigma or judgment.

5) Promote healthy eating habits. Provide nutritious snacks in the office, offer healthy options in vending machines or cafeteria, and organize wellness events focused on nutrition. Consider hosting lunch-and-learn sessions with nutritionists and provide resources on healthy eating habits.

6) Foster social connections. Organize team-building activities, social events, or volunteer opportunities. Strong social connections in the workplace can improve morale, reduce stress, and foster a sense of belonging. Encourage managers to create opportunities for team bonding.

7) Lead by example. For example, Synergy Wellness Center offers workplace wellness packages and services, and offers monthly chair massages to its employees, quarterly educational forums on topics such as improving gut health, and encourages daily wellness walks as a team. Small yet consistent wellness initiatives show your team wellness is a priority and you mean what you say.

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