Wellness 2.0: Ideas to Get You Started



Take your wellness program to the next level!

Here are sample initiatives to consider from each of the five areas of total well-being:


Body

  • Free or discounted flu shots
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Chiropractic services
  • Health risk assessments (HRAs)
  • Disease management program
  • Acupuncture
  • On-site massage therapy
  • Wellness competitions such as fitness challenges
  • Health coaching
  • Healthy food choices in cafeteria or vending machines
  • Weight loss/management program (on-site or subsidized)
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Organized group run/walk events
    • On-site fitness equipment/center
    • Gym membership subsidies
    • On-site exercise classes
    • Healthy food at staff/trustees' meetings
    • Activity/exercise breaks during work time
    • Standing work stations
    • On-site walking trails/paths
    • Employer-sponsored sports teams
    • Fitness equipment discounts

    Mind

    • Employee assistance program (EAP)
    • Mental health coverage
    • Critical incident/crisis response counseling
    • Stress management program
    • Mental health assessment included in health risk assessment
    • Massages
    • Mental health return to work program
    • Gratitude/appreciation journals/initiatives
    • End-of-life counseling
    • Mental health first aid training (i.e., training to identify and help individuals that may be developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis)
    • On-site meditation classes

    Wallet

    • Competitive pay
    • Comprehensive benefits package
    • Retirement planning workshops
    • New hire orientation on your organization’s retirement plan
    • Free personal finance consultation sessions
      • Projected account balance statements and/or pension benefit statements
      • Retirement income calculators
      • Budgeting workbooks
      • Financial literacy education

      Community

      • ​Community charity drives (e.g., food drives, school supplies, etc.)
      • On-site events/celebrations (e.g., wedding/baby showers, cook-offs, bake sales, department parties/potlucks, etc.)
      • Staff outings (e.g., golf, tours, parks, bowling, holiday parties, pro sports games, picnics etc.)
        • Community volunteer projects
        • Blood drives
        • Cultural/diversity initiatives or training
        • Themed dress-up days
        • Game leagues (e.g., bocce, cribbage, etc.)

        Work

        • Vacation/time off encouraged
        • Service recognition
        • Tuition reimbursement
        • All staff is notified of internal job openings and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply
        • Retirement celebrations
        • Flexible work hours/telecommuting
        • Performance reviews tied to organizational mission
        • Subsidized continuing education opportunities
        • Manager training
        • Mentorship program
          • Transfers are encouraged when internal opportunities better fit worker interests
          • Leadership opportunities outside job hierarchy structure via teams, committees and/or councils.
          • Workers can review job descriptions and edit/redesign their jobs
          • Creative/autonomous built-in worker time (i.e., flexibility to spend a certain amount of time on independent/"pet" projects)
          • Stay interviews (i.e., periodic meeting designed to keep and engage talented workers)​