The pandemic forced many traditional office setting workplaces to go remote to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Businesses began to offer corporate wellness initiatives to help their remote employees maintain wellness in the workplace. Virtual meetings provided a place for co-workers to connect and take part in wellness activities together at home.
However, a study from the American Psychiatric Association from May of 2021 showed that just 1 in 5 employees stated that their employer offered any additional mental health benefits for remote employees.
Many remote employees state that they have difficulty separating themselves from their work or that they have difficulty motivating themselves to work amidst their other at-home responsibilities. 50% of employees state that work is just too stressful.
Wondering how you can incorporate wellness initiatives into the workplace with remote employees? We’ve created a list of 8 corporate wellness initiatives for you to implement! Keep reading for more information.
1. Virtual Company Cook-Off
Creating a virtual company cook-off competition is a great way for your employees to get to know each other a little better. It is also a great team-building exercise.
Remote employees can share their favorite family recipes or go head-to-head all making the same item with unique variations. It is also a good way to help your remote employees feel like valued members of the workplace family.
This can be done on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis with different themes throughout the year. It is a way that remote employees can unwind and it gives them something to look forward to during the week.
2. Daily Wellness Challenge
A daily wellness challenge will give your remote employees something to accomplish each day to further improve wellness in the workplace.
There are many daily wellness challenges you can implement. For example, challenge your employees to drink 8 cups of water in a day. Another idea could be a walking challenge where each employee is asked to walk a certain number of steps in a day.
The results can be tracked and you can even offer a prize such as a printed certificate, gift card, or piece of company swag like a water bottle or t-shirt with the company’s logo on it.
3. Virtual Work-Life Balance Training
Taking part in wellness initiatives with remote employees can help to decrease the amount of company sick days your workers may experience working from home due to stress and burnout. Employees will learn how to identify early signs of stress and burnout.
They will learn how to set a schedule, how to set realistic goals, and how to effectively manage their time.
Offer your employees a Building Boundaries Between Work & Home class which will teach your employees how to navigate work-life balance mindfully.
4. Virtual Nutrition and Mindful Eating Classes
Sitting at the computer throughout the day may mean employees are not making the best and most mindful decisions when it comes to eating.
Offer your employees a Mindful Eating and Nutrition class that will help your remote employees energize and fuel their bodies.
Remote employees will learn about healthy and nutritious foods that can boost their mood and energy levels so they can better tackle the day.
5. Virtual Mindfulness Classes
Virtual Mindfulness Classes allow remote employees to improve their concentration and their mental clarity. Employees learn how to better regulate their emotions.
Mindfulness provides many benefits including decreased depression, better memory, and reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
Mindfulness also reminds employees to stay in the present moment and not worry about things that are not immediately important. Mindfulness can be used together with Meditation.
Twello offers several Mindfulness Classes such as Mindfulness 101, Mindfulness For Stress Reduction, Mindfulness For Work-Life Balance, Work-From-Home Wellness, and Resilience Training.
6. Virtual Meditation Classes
It can be easy to get overwhelmed by tasks and lose sight of the end goal. An estimated $798 is lost per employee per year due to stress-related absences.
Virtual meditation can assist remote employees with taking time out of their day to focus on their breathing. Meditation can teach employees how to re-center themselves amidst stress and pressure.
Our Meditation 101 Class offers both Guided and Silent Meditation styles that can be perfect for remote employees
7. Virtual Chair Yoga Classes
Sitting at a desk for the majority of the day will lead to poor posture and back pain problems. Chair Yoga offers easy stretching and movement exercises that can be done from the comfort of your chair.
Chair Yoga is perfect for beginners as no yoga mat or special equipment is required. It is the perfect way for remote workers to tone muscles, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress.
Our Twello Chair Yoga Classes are taught by a registered yoga instructor. Consider offering this class to your remote employees!
8. Corporate Virtual Fitness Classes
Bring some fun and energy to the workplace with virtual fitness classes! Not only will it boost employee morale and engagement, but it will also improve productivity and overall well-being.
it isn’t new that moving your body is a quick way to relieve stress so why not offer it as an initiative in your company? Plus, with virtual classes, there’s no need to leave the office, saving time and increasing convenience for your team. Get ready for happier, healthier, and more productive employees with virtual fitness classes!
Corporate Wellness Initiatives with Twello
Are you looking for help in launching a wellness program with remote employees? You have come to the right place! We’ve taken all of the guesswork out of planning corporate wellness initiatives for remote employees.
These programs can increase remote employee wellness and give them a broader sense of community in the workplace, even while they are at home. Improve the health, wellness, and productivity of your employees with our virtual classes.
Your company’s path to wellness shouldn’t be stressful.