Employee Wellness Programs: Low-Cost Physical Fitness / Weight Management Programs
Employee Wellness Programs that support staff members and the setting that they work in have been shown to be a good return on investment (ROI). Employee Wellness Programs can be extensive and sometimes expensive. However, there are ways for small businesses to make positive changes at little or no cost.
Employee Wellness Program: Physical/Weight Management Programs
- Allow access to on- and off- worksite gyms and recreational activities before, during, and after work hours.
- Make available and encourage participation in after work recreation or leagues.
- Make available cash incentives or reduced insurance costs for participation in physical activity and/or weight management or maintenance activities.
- Make available shower and/or changing facilities onsite.
- Make available outdoor exercise areas such as fields and trails for staff member use.
- Make available bicycle racks in safe, convenient, and accessible locations.
- Make available workplace fitness opportunities, such as group classes or personal training.
- Make available an worksite exercise facility.
- Set up programs that have strong social support systems and rewards, such as:
- Buddy or team physical activity objectives
- Programs that involve workers and family
- Programs to encourage physical activity, such as pedometer walking challenges
- Consider discounted or subsidized memberships at local health clubs, recreation centers, or YMCAs
- Make available flexible work hours to allow for physical activity during the day.
- Support physical activity breaks during the workday, such as stretching or walking.
- Host walk-and-talk meetings.
- Map out workplace trails or nearby walking routes and destinations.
- Have staff members map out their own biking or walking route to and from work.
- Post motivational signs at elevators and escalators to encourage stair usage.
- Make available exercise/physical fitness messages and information to staff members.
- Make available or support recreation leagues and other physical activity events onsite or in the community.
- Start staff member activity clubs such as walking or bicycling clubs.
- Make available workplace child care facilities to facilitate physical activity.
- Sponsor a bike to work day and reward staff members who participate.
- Set up a box and solicit fitness and health tips.