Company Wellness Program: 4 Events to Boost Participation

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Is your company wellness program exciting enough?

4 Outrageously Fun Corporate Events to Boost Participation in Your Company Wellness Program

Ten years ago, the most common employee benefits at a corporation were health insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and – if you were lucky – maternity leave. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find wellness programs are just as mainstream. In fact, 70 percent of workplaces offer a company wellness program to their employees, according to a UnitedHealthcare study. We’ve come a long way in terms of workplace benefits.

Yet, even with the investment in employee wellbeing, many companies are noticing a lack of participation in workplace wellness programs. The same UnitedHealthcare study reports the “lack of desire to spend time on wellness activities” is a major factor for non-participating employees – 63 percent of employees are unwilling to spend more than an hour a day to improve their health and wellbeing.

Fun + Company Wellness = Improved Program Participation

One idea we have for improving participation in your company wellness program is planning “wellness challenges” for your team. Challenges encourage your employees to step away from their desks and get active with their co-workers. These events can be held on-site during an extended break, or hosted off-site at a destination of your choice. The best part is, we’re talking about fun corporate events people will actually be excited to attend!

Some of the fun corporate events we have in mind are:

  • Fun Run/Walk – Whether it’s a 5k, 10k or 15k, a fun run or walk gets employees out of the office and focused on their health in a collaborative (and sometimes competitive) environment. Consider offering exclusive incentives to those who participate, too.
  • Scavenger Hunt – These fun company events require employees to get around the city or suburbs to find specific items and win the game. You could even pair a scavenger hunt with your office Fitbit Challenge for a fun twist.
  • Olympic Challenge – For organizations that want to combine friendly competition with their company wellness program, the Olympic Challenge Combine multiple endurance and quick-thinking challenges that your teams will love – and can’t wait to participate in.
  • Sports Tournaments – Basketball, softball, volleyball or dodgeball, whatever your team’s favorite sport is – make it into a tournament. For extra fun, appoint a “wellness champion” who can create team shirts, awards and incentives.

Not sure what type of event will appeal to your employees? Get in touch, and we can help you find the right fit to make the most of your company wellness program.

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