10 Loveable Wellbeing Activities for The Workplace
Wellbeing activities in the workplace are becoming increasingly popular in the UK.
Especially as companies and organisations compete to retain staff, get employees back to the office and add value to their employees outside of their salary.
Wellbeing activities can be a great way to show support for employee wellbeing, show employees they matter, and improve their working experience.
Companies that invest in employee wellbeing attract better talent, retain talent, increase productivity and create a thriving culture.
The CIPD reports that more organisations are taking steps to identify and reduce stress in the workplace.
This means that wellbeing initiatives and activities are becoming progressively more important and thought about among forward thinking companies.
What are Wellbeing Activities for The Workplace?
Wellbeing activities for the workplace are fun, engaging, positive activities that help to support or improve an individual’s wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
These activities can involve doing things that bring joy, peace, happiness, motivation, or excitement to a person’s day.
Activities may also be educational workshops or webinars that provide information on supporting and maintaining positive wellbeing.
Why Are Employee Wellbeing Activities Important For The Workplace?
The foundation of our health and general enjoyment is our wellbeing.
Having a strong feeling of wellbeing that is well-adapted can help us get through challenges and accomplish our goals in life.
Anything positive that can help us do that, should be embraced.
Our overall wellbeing, how we feel and the stresses or pressures we face in life can impact all aspects of our life, including work.
Wellbeing activities for the workplace are important for a variety of reasons.
Activities can help to support employees which put them in the best possible frame of mind to perform at work.
Employers have a responsibility to support the health, wellbeing, and safety of their employees and this includes both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Employees who don’t feel their wellbeing is being supported are more likely to seek employment elsewhere, and aren’t as motivated to deliver on their job role.
Having supportive wellbeing initiatives and activities in the workplace can have a vast range of benefits for both employer and employee.
Benefits of employee wellbeing activities include:
- Reducing staff turnover
- Improving employee morale
- Reducing absenteeism
- Improving mental health
- Reducing sick days
- Improving productivity
- Reducing unsatisfied employees
- Improving employee engagement
- And more!
With all this in mind, we’ve collated a list of 5 wellbeing activities to support your employees whilst at work.
10 Wellbeing Activities for The Workplace
Massage has been used for centuries as a way of reducing stress, reducing pain or discomfort, improving posture, making us feel good, and more.
Massage helps to increase endorphins which can leave individuals feeling happy and positive.
On-site massage is a great wellbeing activity to boost employee mood, improve morale and create some buzz around the office.
Employees who’ve experienced on-site massage have left feeling appreciated, grateful, relaxed and refreshed.
A fantastic way for any company to support their staff.
In life, we can never stop learning. Especially when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing workshops educate employees on simple and effective methods to support and maintain positive wellbeing, both in and out of the workplace.
Wellbeing workshops can include topics such as:
- Coping with stress
- Improving physical wellbeing
- Creating positive habits
- Building Confidence
- Setting goals
- and more.
Having an external speaker come and deliver a workshop allows for a new perspective, subject expertise, and inspiration.
Wellbeing workshops are intended to give employees the knowledge and skills they need to make smart decisions that will improve their health.
Educational training can help companies accomplish business goals, whether it’s to minimise sick days, lower presenteeism, or improve productivity.
Within a workshop, employees have the chance to discuss particular subjects in further detail and this allows employers to work with their staff to develop an action plan once they have a better knowledge of the initiative.
For those working digitally, wellbeing webinars can be equally as beneficial.
3. Wellbeing Challenges
Setting a specific wellbeing challenge is a great cost-efficient way of providing an activity that employees can do to support their wellbeing whilst in the office.
Challenges like the “Hydration Challenge” encourage employees to stay hydrated and remind them to look after their physical wellbeing.
Encouraging employees to drink 2 litres of water a day gives, them a target to aim for. They also have colleagues to share the experience with, as well as keep them accountable.
Other challenges can include “Gratitude Challenges”.
Creating a notice board or box where individuals can write down something they’re grateful for each day, is a fantastic way to encourage positive wellbeing and a positive mindset.
Candle-making can be seen as a relaxing, calming, and appeasing activity.
By nature, humans are curious, and making a candle is not something most of us know how to do.
A candle-making workshop allows employees to get the creative side of their brain working and teach them a new skill.
Candles create a tranquil atmosphere which can help to relax and calm the mind of an employee.
As well as improving wellbeing, candle-making can be a great team bonding activity that can only go towards creating a positive working environment.
Most candle-making workshops allow participants to keep the candle they’ve made, meaning they can take the calming mindset and aroma home with them.
5. On-site Yoga
The ancient art of yoga may have originated in India. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and movement to enhance both mental and physical wellbeing.
Yoga has gradually become more popular and companies are beginning to adopt it as part of their wellbeing strategy.
A yoga class provides the opportunity for employees to detach from their work duties, reduce their stress and improve both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Yoga techniques help to increase flexibility, reduce muscular restriction, relax the mind, and more!
Having on-site yoga gives employees an additional perk to look forward to when coming to work in the office.
6. Fitness Classes
Physical health is one of the most important aspects of our wellbeing. When we are not physically healthy, it prevents us from being able to take part in a range of activities.
Obesity is becoming an increasing national problem and exercise is one of the most effective ways of tackling it.
Data from 2020/2021 suggest that 25.3% of adults aged 18+ were living with obesity.
Other than helping with obesity, fitness classes have a vast range of benefits. Those who exercise often have a better mood, are more productive, are healthier, and are less likely to take time off work in comparison to their sedentary colleagues.
7. Outside Meetings
Being outside can bring many benefits, especially if amongst nature. Having a meeting while taking a walk in the park or local greenery is an idea that most of us don’t consider.
In some circumstances, this may not be possible, but connecting with nature is a great activity to support employee wellbeing.
Outside meetings can encourage employees to get moving, so they’re not sitting at desks all day.
Walking outside can also help to increase vitamin D, improve mood, increase focus and boost creativity.
8. Provide Healthy Lunch
Healthy lunches can prove as a valuable wellbeing activity during a working day.
Organising a caterer to provide healthy food for the office or team can be a great way for colleagues to socialise as well as give them some nutritious food.
When employees eat heavy and unhealthy lunches, this can leave them feeling tired, lethargic, and less productive in the afternoon.
A healthy lunch can increase energy, encourage productivity and reduce the chances of that afternoon slump that many employees experience.
Some companies may even consider a “Lunch and Learn” and hire a speaker to come in while employees munch on their delicious and healthy food.
Lunch is always nicer when it’s paid for by your employer!
Volunteering can be seen as a noble thing to do and most of us feel a sense of pride when we do it.
It’s often difficult to work out who to volunteer for and how to go about it, but when it’s organised, it provides a sense of fulfilment.
Companies can help their employees by forming volunteering partnerships with charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Giving to others is one of the most productive activities we can do to help our wellbeing.
Giving has been shown to make individuals feel happy, decrease blood pressure, reduce stress, and promote social connection.
10. Puppy Therapy
Dogs can be such loveable and adorable animals and are often seen as a human’s best friend.
Studies have shown that dogs can have a therapeutic value for people.
Seeing a puppy can often bring happiness and joy to anyone holding or playing with it, therefore improving their wellbeing, and after all, who doesn’t love puppies?
Puppy therapy is a unique workplace activity to help support and maintain employee happiness, morale, and wellbeing.
Puppies are brought into the office for a set period and allow employees to engage and interact with the cute little doggies.
Having a little time away from the desk doing something calming and fun can leave employees relaxed and refreshed, ready to return to their work duties.
Tyler Lowe – Health & Wellbeing Speaker
BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation