Why Summer Is a Good Time to Focus on Employee Wellness

Have you thought about how you’re feeling about your job? Chances are, you and many of your employees might not be engaged and may be fatigued. According to research from HUB International, 54 percent of benefits professionals say employee morale is the most significant metric improved when implementing employee wellness programs. Even if you don’t have a formalized employee wellness program, there are some small things you can do during the summer to focus on well-being throughout the workplace. Here are a few ideas.

Hold Walking Meetings Outside

If you have an internal meeting that does not require computers, you can hold your meeting over a leisurely stroll. This is a great idea for any check-in meetings you might have, or if you need to develop ideas for a project you’re working on. You’ll be able to get away from your desk and get a little exercise.

Schedule a Garden Potluck

Do you know of coworkers who enjoy gardening? You can all reap the rewards of your growing with a potluck containing items from your own garden. Figure out what everyone will be making ahead of time to ensure that you won’t have two of the same dish. This can be a great way to get employees to collaborate.

Have a Flavored Water Station

When your day is giving you lemons, grab them and add some flavor to your water! Consider setting up a station where employees can grab lemons, limes, oranges, or other options to add to their water. This may cause some people who would typically choose soda or coffee to instead stay hydrated with water.

Consider Flexible Hours for the Summer

“Summer Fridays” are becoming more frequent in corporate environments. According to the Chicago Tribune, 40 percent of employers surveyed planned on offering reduced hours or entire days off on Fridays during the summer. This is believed to give employees more motivation to be productive during the week. Reward them with some time off to spend with friends or family on Friday afternoons.

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