Workplace Wellbeing Tips

Date: January 3, 2024

Incorporating health and wellbeing into the daily work routine is essential for maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Here are some practical strategies that can be discussed and implemented: 

Walks Outside and in Nature

  • Scheduled Walking Breaks: Encourage setting specific times for walks. A ‘walking break’ can be as short as 10 minutes and can fit into most schedules. 
  • Walking Meetings: Whenever possible, conduct one-on-one meetings or small group discussions as walking meetings outside, as employees are able. 
  • Step Challenges: Organize a step count challenge to motivate employees to walk more. Use apps or pedometers to track progress. Have an alternative plan for employees with differing abilities.  
  • Walking Clubs: Create a workplace walking club that meets regularly. 

Infusing Music into Your Day

  • Music During Breaks: Encourage listening to music during breaks to rejuvenate the mind. Offer playlists that cater to a variety of musical tastes. 
  • Work-Friendly Playlists: Share playlists designed to enhance concentration while working, such as classical or ambient music. 
  • Musical Bonding: Once in a while, have a ‘music sharing’ day where employees can share their favorite tracks. 
  • Quiet Spaces: For those who might find music distracting, ensure there are designated quiet spaces for them to work. 

Building Positive Social Connections

  • Social Lunches: Encourage employees to have lunch with colleagues, whether virtually or in person, to foster social connections. Build in 10 minutes at the front end of a meeting to do an ice breaker.  
  • Team-Building Activities: Regularly organize team-building exercises that focus on collaboration and getting to know each other. 
  • Recognition Shout-Outs: Use platforms like meetings for employees to give shout-outs to their colleagues for their help or hard work. 
  • Virtual Coffee Breaks: Set up virtual coffee breaks where employees can connect and chat about non-work-related topics. 
  • Share lists of ERGs: Share lists of Employee Resource Groups widely with your employees so they can find ways to get connected to their communities.  

Integration with Work Schedule

  • Calendar Reminders: Encourage setting up reminders for breaks, walks, and social time to ensure they are part of the daily routine. 
  • Flexible Work Hours: Allow for flexible scheduling so employees can take advantage of the times when they feel most energetic to go for a walk or socialize. 
  • Wellbeing Check-Ins: Include a wellbeing segment in regular staff meetings where employees can discuss what they’re doing to stay healthy and connected. 

Environmental Enhancements

  • Utilize Green Spaces: If possible, utilize green spaces near your work environment where employees can relax and recharge. 
  • Promote Planting: Encourage employees to keep plants at their workstations or participate in a community garden. 

Empowerment and Autonomy

  • Self-Organized Activities: Support employees in organizing their own wellbeing activities, showing that their initiatives are valued. 

Wellbeing Resources

  • Wellbeing Workshops: Check out the WorkLife Office’s presentations on topics like stress management, the benefits of social connection, and how to build your best colleague. 
  • Information Sharing: Use newsletters or Teams to share information on the benefits of walks, music, and socializing for mental health. 

Monitoring and Feedback

  • Surveys and Suggestions: Regularly ask for feedback on the wellbeing initiatives and be open to suggestions for new activities. 
  • Success Stories: Encourage employees to share their success stories related to walks, music, and social connections to inspire others. 

By adopting these strategies, you can help their employees infuse health and wellbeing into their daily work routine, creating a more vibrant, productive, and positive workplace.