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It’s a great opportunity to increase awareness about any current situation in the world with health benefits for a company. If you are running a company or leading a large team remotely, you have to consider the health impact of long-term work from home on your colleagues. Remote employees tend to be the most out of the loop, but with remote work becoming the new normal, its time to invite them back in.
Below, we dive into how to incorporate virtual fitness programs that are refreshing and exciting for employees both in-house and outside your workplace.
Make it easy for your remote team to access healthy resources at any time. There are a lot of digital resources that you can easily add to Google Drive to share with your team.
Gather a roundup of exercise videos or sites: Ask employees to submit their favorite go-to resources like fitness sites and nutritional content. Break it down by categories, too, like Facebook pages, Instagram channels, Pinterest boards, and websites. This makes it easy for employees to implement the content from the channels they use the most.
Offer subscriptions: Consider making it even easier for them to maintain their health and fitness at home. Subscribe your team to online programs for both remote employees and those employees who travel a lot for work to easily stream workouts.
Build an online cookbook of healthy recipes: Ask for submissions and/or photos from employees of meals that are always on their home menu. Break it down by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Meals that are 30 minutes or less are ideal recipe candidates.
Create a lift-me-up file: Develop a fun or stress-free forum for employees to submit fun photos anyone can browse when they need a quick break.
Make it easy: As you see health articles you love, save them to a file for later use for newsletters or weekly health tips you email your team.
A lunch and learn is a presentation offered to employees in a laid-back style. Employers can choose from an array of topics from personal financial wellness to stress management techniques that can be taught by local experts or even someone in your company’s benefits department.
Make it a fun break: Ask them to take a break and bring their lunch so it’s like they’re there. Plan virtual icebreakers to engage everyone.
Ask about expertise: If you have a remote employee who could host a lunch and learn, stream them in for the in-office employees. For example, if someone is a life coach or fitness trainer on the side, see if they’d be willing to share their knowledge.
Hit record: Consider recording lunch and learns and adding them to your Healthy Well-Being Hub.
Make it easy: If your entire team is still working from home, you can host lunch and learn events with those who are interested. Consider asking local experts like psychologists or personal trainers, for example, to teach content that can help employees stay healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic.
When employees are working outside the office, they still want to feel like part of the team. That doesn’t mean unnecessary meetings should be a requirement, but it also doesn’t mean they should miss out on fun ones, either.
Create a coffee shop vibe: Team members should schedule virtual one-on-one coffee or water cooler breaks to talk about things other than work. This requires an intentional disconnect from work while also allowing colleagues to get to know one another.
Allow employees to play: Schedule a version of the show and tell. Ask employees to share their hobby or show off their office or a favorite place in their home. Anything that can help workers feel more connected.
Consider virtual “happy hour”: If you can’t all gather for drinks in-person, consider hosting a Friday afternoon gathering online where virtual employees have a chance to get to relax together. Other ideas might include a book club gathering, game night, or visit a museum or art gallery while screen sharing.
Make it easy: Get in touch with your employees to see what they would like to see implemented into team meetings or playful gatherings. Make an anonymous survey on a channel like SurveyMonkey to get honest feedback.
You can create plenty of virtual team building activities through your virtual wellness program ideas. From virtual happy hours to intriguing lunch and learn events, you have the power to invite your remote employees into your workplace wellness culture however you wish.
Remember, the more fun your wellness programs are, the more engaged your employees will be. Plus, remote employees who feel a part of the team will be more likely to stay engaged, informed, and be better team players.
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