Yes! fit and satisfied employees are more productive. A motivated team with a boosted morale, with good work-life balance, and are generally happy at their work place as well. After all, it’s but natural for employees to give their best in a conducive work environment where they feel appreciated and well taken care of.
That’s the main reason why corporates have started to provide its workforce with employee wellness-boosting activities, programs and a happy working life. These benefit both, the employee and employer both at optimum health and wealth level.
Let’s see what these effective wellness tips are- starting with post covid hygiene solutions. Hope our research helps you’re A-team to drive your company to better and bigger successes.
1. Sponsor a visit to Health Fair
Health fairs are a spectacular way of promoting healthy living. There are many health fairs in Singapore. Exhibitors showcase a range of health and wellness activities. One example is https://healthfiesta.sg/. If you a large company, you can even host your own fair at your office’s food area. You can perhaps model after the University of Newcastle’s Health Fair and scale to a level suitable for you. Some of the activities to include are:
• Healthy heart checks
• Healthy eating on a budget
• Managing work-life balance
• Posture and movement
2. Host a wellness Team building activity
Dedicate one day to host a wellness team building activity such a reed diffuser making, aroma making, aromatherapy perfume workshop. At wwwscentopia-singapore.com and www.PerfumeWorkshop.com , the activity starts with understanding how sense of smell works and how its connected to one’s memories. Participants than proceed to taking a perfume personality test and making their unique signature scent. Best part, is using the top end Singaporean native ingredients and variety of Orchid scented essential oils.
3. Support Work-Related Personal Projects
Some companies like Google allow one day to their employees. This day is to be spent working on personal projects that also benefit the company. This increased employee morale and also resulted in Gmail and AdSense.
Do you think, you can add a similar practice in your workplace to tap into that creativity by allowing time and resources.
4. Engaging Indoor Activities
Those meeting rooms and cafeteria can be used in many ways. Why not organize an indoor tournament in this recreational room? Better yet, assign different employees to come up with the tournament games and participate each week. The competitions can either be for single players or teams from different departments.
5. Aromatherapy and Motivation
Aromatherapy has lot of benefits and creates lasting memories and brain connection. Turn on youtube and use these aromatherapy techniques to boost wellness.
There will be tough days when it comes to keeping up the healthy lifestyle. Our body aches and head hurts. Aromatherapy massages are a great solution for such days. Buy or make your own essential oil at www.Scentopia-Singapore.com
Whenever you come across a good scent, figure out your reason for liking it as it corelates to wellness and write it down.
6. Runs For A Bigger Cause
East Coast Parkway (ECP) and nparks have regular run for charity event. If not, why don’t you get your staff together in a park and run for fun. Additionally, the company can donate some amount to the worthy charity as well.
Fun runs and charity races are good for raising money and awareness in support of a charity. Why not organize these events and let your employees invite their families for a fun-filled day for a good cause and greater satisfaction?
7. Skills Swap Sessions
Increase connection and camaraderie amongst your employees by organizing a skills swap event. Everyone is great at something. The act of sharing knowledge will bring your employees closer while helping each other.
8. Indulge in plant-based diet including mock-meat
Singapore is moving towards a sustainable and green future. There is also lot of awareness with regards to obesity, diabetes and other diseases associated with eating meat. Many have already switched to plant-based. Other’s may want to try……, it’s still a nice theme.
Simply put, it will inspire your employees to eat healthily.
9. Work-Free Weekends And evenings
Singaporeans work very hard. Why not give the workforce a break and let your employees strike a balance between work and other important things in life like family?
This guarantee will prevent burnout at work and make your employees feel less stressed and tired. Staff will be more in control of their time while means that they will be able to make better decisions and meet commitments. And of course, they will be healthier.
11. Order Healthy Farm Fresh Produce
Do you know Singapore has fresh farms? In fact, there is a company called citiponics that grows vegetable on the roof of high-rises. Woduln’t it be wonderful to let your staff know about such green endeavors?
Healthy eating habits starts with having the best quality foodstuffs. And there is no better place to get regular delivery of delicious and nutritious foods than straight from the farm grown in our own garden city.. With companies like Cityponics, we should be able to find or even invite farmers close to the office.
12. Weekly aroma shower
Better Health suggests that adults need two or three bathing rituals included in their relaxing plan. One is to take a salt bath and other would be use of hot water jets.
You can buy custom bath-bomb making kits from www.Scentopis-Singapore.com and have fun making them with your family. And best part is when you use them for your own benefit.
13. A new Language Courses
As a business in city state of Singapore, having diversity in spoken languages can enhance your company’s international corporate outlook. Mastering second language has lot of health benefits, such as;
• Reducing risks of dementia
• Improving focus, memory and problem-solving skills
• Boosting attention to details, which comes in handy when writing a detailed report
There are many free language learning websites you can encourage your staff to check out. Even if you do not plan to master a language, you can still benefit from a healthy exchange of culture and rituals, making the work place more inclusive and team more understanding of each other.
14. Bring Your Dog To Work Day
Many employees love our furry little friends, and hate leaving them home on a daily basis. Bringing them to work may be a fun idea for them. But do remember to check with others who may not feel the same.
A pet-friendly workplace may lead to physical and mental health benefits. Pet’s help in stress reduction which promotes a healthier work-life balance.
Celebrate the International Take Your Dog to Work Day, if you HR and managers allow. Let them know that the presence of furry friends also improves conversations and connections between co-workers.
15. Smoothies and Mocktails
Scrumptious smoothies and mocktails can be made with nutritious ingredients full of vitamins. Share their recipes around the office and paste them on board before the day to pep us the event. You can also consider buying a blender and tall smoothie and cocktail glasses for your co-workers to make their healthy mouth-watering drinks.
16. Raw Food & Fruit Challenge
Raw food lunch challenge is an exciting way to help you get the full nutrients and natural enzymes. Raw food can be fruits, vegetables and even grains.
To notch it up, challenge your employees to take it up for a full month and see who can keep up with that.
17. Zumba Dance Workout Exercisesor
We love to dance! Dancexcercise have been around for some time, perhaps since ancient times. Zumba is one such great workout option for people who do not like to exercise. This fun dancing activity is guaranteed to make you sweat and feel refreshed.
You can choose to hire an instructor. But if that’s not on the list, just switch on the YouTube! Even without an instructor, you’ll have a fun & hilarious session where everybody comes together for a heart pumping, stress relieving Zumba dance.
18. Assign Workout Partners
Lunch workout are great. Why not add some extra pizzazz into it? Randomly select your employees and pair up with their workout partner.
This is a great way to know each other within the team for a good bonding. Its good to have someone to workout with. Someone who inspires you, motivates you and pushes you to do better.
19. Pledge to order half a portion or share food to ensure that there is no wasting of food
World has shortage os food and many people sleep hungry. But this happens when some of us are overstuffing or even throwing and wasting food. This happens more around the holidays such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Hari Raya.
These lovely traditional foods are delicious and overstuffing yourself is so easy. Ask your staff to take a “Half a Portion Pledge” together with your employees.
Similarly encourage to keep gifting to a sensible limit so our planet is not full of waste.
It would also be great to take photos of these efforts and share them on your company’s social media pages like Instagram and Facebook.
20. Stress Elimination Techniques
Stress creates risk for your entire well-being. Educate your employees on efficient stress relief techniques such as mindfulness, sound bathing, meditation, aromatherapy, yoga and calming breathing. Also educate the staff to:
• Avoid unnecessary stress
• Alter the situation
• Adapt to the stressor
• Accept the things you can’t change
These useful resources on stress management can be used as posters and can be strategically put around the office.
21. Food Posters
Wellness starts with good health and that of course starts with good, healthy food. several foods, though not loved much should still be consumed for health reasons. To encourage your staff wellness pin “Why Is This Good For Me” posters presenting veggies as problem solvers and not just food can increase their consumption and spread awareness. When at it, also consider promoting plant based diet.
A plant-based diet can help workers and teams better manage existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver etc. This is specially true for Singapore workforce so they can spend less time with the doctors by reducing their reliance on expensive lifelong medications.
22. Good old smile
There is magic in smile. It makes you look pretty for Instagram and Facebook. But it does so much more for inside healing.
Encourage your team to share a smile with someone they would ordinarily not connect with. It could be people from different departments, different project or even different office locations. It will likely feel uncomfortable at first, but it has an amazing positive effect which ripple as we go along.
And as the staff smiles some more, they will experience the benefits of this effortless habit, such as:
• Lowered levels of Stress and anxiety
• Reduction in perception of pain
• Makes one look younger, temporarily and also permanently
• Releases hormones to make one feel happier and more positive
• Smiling is contagious
23. Office Gym
As an employer, you can promote a healthy workforce by improving staff’s physical fitness. A small gym conveniently located in your office or even in the building can go a long way. Worker’s may not mind going to next building as well.
A sedentary lifestyle or working at the desks can have detrimental effects on your staff thus increasing their likelihood of getting ill.
With covid, and other pandemics, we need to be a bit careful about ventilation. Give them a well-ventilated space or a professional gym membership near your office for workouts;.
If you are planning to create a gym for your staff in the office, few useful equipment is all you need to get started. A small gym with a rowing machine, an exercise bike, and a treadmill is great and all you need. Many of these equipment come in as portable version, so the multi-purpose hall or conference room can double up as a gym in evening or weekends.
24. Learn Breathing Techniques
We strongly recommend learning breathing techniques. Mindfulness, Vipassana, Yoga, Meta and various forms of meditation all start with learning good breathing techniques. You may want to invite a brilliant expert to teach your employees proper breathing techniques. Or it can also be done by watching YouTube videos. Either way, the body will immensely benefit when one practices proper deep breathing. Here’s is a short and incomplete list of benefits:
• Lowers your heart rate
• Lowers blood pressure and cardiac output
• Increases oxygen levels in your blood
• Promotes clearer thinking
• Relieves stress
• Increases metabolism
• Improves blood circulation
• Supports detoxification
25. Out Of The Office
With Covid lockdowns, we all know that work can be done remotely. Perhaps not everything, but there are many sections of work which can be done off-site. Let the workers work from home or off-site when possible. This flexible schedule is a great option for young parents, pet owners and also for other staff.
Happiness experts agree that flexible working hours, part-time options, as well as working from home make the employees feel more satisfied with their company.
Work out a way for your employees to have a work day away from the office. They can carry the work home, work online or simply find a different working space away from their office.
26. Total Office Weight Challenge
Here’s a crazy idea which has worked for several western countries struggling with obesity. Unfortunately, in Singapore many people have unhealthy relation with food. While some are overweight, others are deliberately starving themselves. Diabetes, anorexia are both on the rise. So why not challenge your staff and team to stick to a goal of “Total weight”
This activity will increase individual’s body positivity and helps increase comradery. This challenge requires teamwork.
Here’s how to do it- start by measuring everyone’s weight at the same time. Now make a joint effort to lose weight and/or gain weight, depending on the person.
To make it even more enticing, you can didive the whole office into smaller teams. Competing teams will receive a joint award for everyone who shows progress.
These awards can be a plaque or an experience like letting them make their scent at www.PerfumeWorkshop.com or learn wellness aromatherapy at www.Scentopis-Singapore.com
Perhaps a corporate cook shop or candle making will also be welcomed.
27. Set Weight & Dietary Goals
This activity is more suitable before and after a big holiday like Christmas, summer vacation or Chinese new yearWe know that the holiday season can be very tricky and most of us find ourselves going over the top with food.
Request your team to set stellar goals before the holiday season sets in. You can set email or sms reminders to the team sticks to their set goals throughout the festive season.
28. Save Your Spine
Most of us suffer from some form of work-related pain. For office staff it usually starts with a back ache. Good chair, regular stretching can help the spine feel better.
We all know it, yet we tend to forget maintaining the correct sitting position for a good spine saving posture. In addition to having an ergonomic chair, informative posters on the correct sitting posture will help remind your employees to always sit up straight. Pin these reminders and posters strategically on the walls to serve as constant reminders.
29. Celebrate All Victories – Big or small
Most of us are quick to give. A negative feedback and holding these negative thoughts to our heart. At the same time, we know that positive feedback does wonders for morale. So, publicly celebrating your employees achievements and small victories will be a great steps towards employee wellness & happiness goals.
This will encourage everyone to focus on the good things they did and the things they generally do well. They will also inculcate a habit of congratulating each other. Acknowledge the good things that your team achieved and give them a chance to celebrate their success.
According to several reporst, employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.
30. Power Naps? They Work and yes you may have time for it
Embrace power of power naps. It’s a smart business move to allow power naps at your workplace. And yes, it is backed up by science. Several famous and creative companies have recognized the importance of power naps. The list includes Google, Zappos, Nike and even NASA.
Don’t get left behind, join the bandwagon by creating nap-friendly policies. You do not need big nap rooms, and nap pods for your employees, as some they may have in Google. It simply can mean 5 or 10 minutes of shut-eye on your desk, during lunch or while on the clock.
31. Monitoring drinking Water Intake At Work
We all love to go for a night out drinking with colleagues to a pub or bar. And next day, it would be great to remind everyone to stay hydrated. This small fact can easily be overlooked, but is key to staying healthy. An easy and smart way to counter the dehydration is to encourage your staff to calculate their daily water intake and stick to it.
Staying hydrated is an essential lifestyle practice especially if you’re spending a significant amount of time in dehydrating conditions such as air-conditioned rooms.
Many Singaporean are chronically dehydrated, which causes low energy and bad moods. Over dehydration can even cause brain fog and fainting. Drink water throughout the day, in particular, having 8 glasses of water can help you live a good life. It even helps with over eating. Approximately, 20-30 minutes before meals, take a glass of water. This will blunt your hunger in a healthy way so you don’t overeat.
32. Keep Water Bottle in Line Of Sight
Many corporates choose distributing water bottle bottles as MICE or team building day gift. Many of these end up in the staff’s kitchen or closet, unopened. A popular proverb ‘Out of sight out of mind’ couldn’t be truer when it comes to water intake. With a busy day at the office, you’ll most likely forget to stand and fetch some water for yourself.
You may want to request your staff to bring that water bottle to work. Great way for corporate branding as well as propagation of wellness. These bottles can also be taken to other company events such as races, dinner and dance, etc.
Trendy and useful water bottles branded with your company slogan or a motivating quote are an interesting way to get everybody in the habit of drinking water. Go for high-end water bottles with volume markers on them and built-in infusers to mark worker’s water intake.
Place your drinking water posters next to other wellness posters and advice.
33. Save Time by Tracking Social Media Use
Many of us are hooked to our phones that lead to eye strains, hurting hands and of course reduced productivity. Social media, if left unchecked can eat into time that could have otherwise been spent by your employees working or relaxing.
Using social media timers will help the team to learn how to improve the quality of their life and building fruitful, meaningful relationships. Encourage them to monitor their time spent on social media and adjust their choices accordingly.
34. Cleanse The Office Air
There are many ways to clean the indoor air such as putting extra filtration in aircon etc. These are highly technical and expensive. On a more personal and natural level. One can simply put plants and add aroma for aromatherapy in the room..
Singapore has great building laws that prevent sick-building syndrome. Yet, there are many things employers can do to create a happier office environment. Toxins easily find their way into the office air. Exposure to these toxins can cause symptoms such as:
• A runny nose
• Watery eyes
• Tightening sensation in the chest
These symptoms will often get worse while in the work environment and drastically reduce during the weekends or vacations. If that is the case, your building may need to be inspected and cleaned. In the mean time planting lots and lots of indoor air-purifying plants will certainly help. Besides purifying the air, these plants will also reduce stress, block noise and make the office look beautiful. Plants are inexpensive yet efficient for happinness and wellness
35. Cycle While Working
Cycling to work is a great option to stay healthy. Bicycle chairs are a great workout option for those who do not have time to cycle to work. They’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Shop around to find exactly what works best for your office.
36. Headsets for Walking Telephone Conversations
There are number of Sleek & Trendy headsets these days. Encourage your staff to walk while having telephone conversations. If this can’t be done regularly, at least they can walk on occasion. Provide everybody with a headset for use while on the go. Getting off their chairs will boost the number of steps they take each day.
Caution them to always sanitize their headsets to avoid bacteria build up and discourage sharing in these covid times.
37. Picnic Day
Organize for an exciting picnic day. Organize a pot luck or order from a reasonable catering. Assign duties and responsibilities among your staff for a successful picnic filled with fresh air, beautiful scenery, healthy foods and fun activities. Do remember that people have various food choices. Some of the workers may be vegetarian while other may only eat halal food. These lunches and outings are a great bonding and understanding different cultures in Singapore
38. Have Lunch In Nature
If you are considering a picnic or catering, why not do that in a park? Scenic Park like surroundings helps us connect with nature and achieve the desired employee wellness levels. And that is why busy corporate employees need a break from the usual brick and motor for a more relaxed and playful environment.
Greenery has immense benefits on out mental wellbeing. Therefore, turn your workplace surroundings into a playful park-like environment for adults.
Why stay till an annual or monthly picnic date? Connect with nature everyday! G\Encourage staff to go outside during your lunch break. The colour blue sky or walking barefoot in the grass will help all sorts of wellness feelings. You will be surprised how many little green patches there are even in CBD area.
39. Take The Stairs, skip The Elevator,
Now that may be bit more difficult to convince, considering the heat and stuffiness of staircase in Singapore. But consider this- according to Cholesterol-Calculator, an app, “People with average body burn around 0.15 calories for every stair step, so you burn roughly a 1.5 for every 10 stair steps you climb” Sounds impressive, right?
Ditch the elevator for the stairs and soon you will be feeling fitter, younger, stronger and leaner.
Do note that climbing up is not same as going down. You need to burn those calories by working hard. In fact, going down may impair your knee joints, so better avoid that.
Stair climbing on the other hand is one of the best low impact workouts that you can effortlessly incorporate into your staff’s daily routine. It’s a sure-fire way to burn more calories, increase your core muscle strength, tone and sculpt the body.
40. Caffeine Intake in moderation
Caffeine is a good stimulant and gives us a dopamine shot. But it should be done in moderation too otherwise some of us can’t sleep due to caffeine and sugar rush.
Raise the awareness about drinks that contain caffeine and invite co-workers to keep it under 200 mg. Encourage the team to switch to green tea. Green tea still contains a substance called L-theanine. This works alongside the caffeine to enhance your alertness, but it also helps to reduce the crash and anxiety that is sometimes associated with caffeine intake.
41. Healthy Pumpkin Snacks, especially for October- think swapping Halloween candy for these healthy snack
A healthier alternative to the many sugar-packed Halloween tricks or treats is healthy pumpkin treats. Have your colleagues exchange healthy recipes for the healthier Halloween alternatives.
42. Going To Work? Ride A Bike
Cycling, a very eco-friendly method of transportation is absolutely amazing for fitness levels. In Singapore weather it could be a bit difficult, but try finding a way which takes you through a park or ECP. There are lot and lots of tree that can help us.
Here is how you can introduce biking to work for your employees-
• Talk to them to see who would be able to cycle to work
• Discuss their bi-cycling triggers such as - a desire to be healthy, concern for the environment or frustration with congestion and high parking costs.
• Provide them with incentives to encourage them to cycle to work. You can ask the building management to find a suitable & secure place to lock their bikes. It would be great to have shower rooms and lockers. If you are willing to put in extra effort, also consider creating a small tool room to patch tools, adjust brakes and do tire checks.
If all of those are not possible, you can always encourage staff to join a spinning class, which are easily available in Changi area, CBD, Orchard and most central districts.
43. Energising Reed diffusers
Lunch break can be made better by lighting some candle and listening to calm music. Candles are not safe when it come to offices full of papers and other inflammables. However, reed diffusers do the job perfectly. These days, there are electronic UV aroma diffusers which are efficient and can be switched off on demand.
Get a custom essential oil made for your office or let you staff make their personalized essential oil at Jetaime Perfumery or Scentopia
44. Exercise At Home
For those employees who dislike working out in public, home workout is the best. Check if these employees are already working out on their own. If not, employers can find various ways to encourage them. A nice way of introducing the idea is by offering to pay for their beginner DVD’s. Also, YouTube has got plenty of workout videos that they can subscribe to. Company HR can create simple QR code to scan and send via email or WhatsApp
45. The Office Fridge
An office refrigerator is convenient way to ensure your employee’s goals of leading a healthy lifestyle. These are usually stocked by human resource, admins or office secretaries. What we are saying is that they are in full corporate control! Stock these fridge with healthy snack and they’ll gladly use it too. This greatly reduces their chances of buying unhealthy snacks and overly processed restaurant meals.
Another awesome benefit is, they’ll take lesser time buying their snack and spend the extra time socializing, relaxing, doing quick workouts or even getting back to work early.
46. Save The Day With Pre-Prepared Meals
You will be surprised how many pre-prepared meal companies there are. Many of them have healthy options and are very reasonably priced.
These come as weekly or monthly meal plan. They have options of halal, vegetarian. From bento box to elaborate lunch these will still be cheaper when done collectively by few office staff.
If there aren’t enough people, you can also consider sharing a meal planning template that you can vary from one week to another. Either one person can cook one day, or the staff can distribute the meal cooking. This works particularly for raw food and salads.
47. Weekend nature Hikes & excericise
Hike to enjoy the sound and smell of nature and have breath-taking views. Singapore is full of these lovely hikes, particularly around the coastal region. You can also consider going to nearby islands and exploring other side of Singapore.
Your lungs and heart will love it as you take this powerful cardio workout. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to chat and get to know your co-workers better outside the office.
48. Christmas, New Year and Easter Potluck Party
Plan a nice holiday potluck party for your office and limit the food choices to sugar-free or organic-only recipes. lo hei is a great way to let overseas staff to find out about Singapore and Singaporean culture.
This simple condition will make food preparation and recipe choice fun and interesting. It will also be educational for your employees. They will have a first-hand experience that preparing healthy food isn’t all that hard after all.
49. Grand Leftover Party
Well! There is lot of food wasted in Singapore on a daily basis. We can’t deal with all of it, but we can certainly consider managing our own office waste.
Whenever you celebrate a colleagues birthday, anniversary, childbirth, engagement or other occasion, there is often extra food.
This gives HR an awesome idea! You can always donate it to charity. But besides donating leftover food is to share and eat together. After the holidays, organize for a leftover party and have everyone bring the food that has not been eaten. It will be a fun employee get together party.
50. Kindness Whenever, Wherever
Singapore has a kindness day and Kindness department to people don’t forget to be nice to each other. Brilliant acts of kindness help build strong positive relations. Also, the random kind gestures will brighten your employees’ days and make the working environment vibrant. Introduce it as a way of employees showing appreciation between each other anytime, ‘just because’.
51. Gourmet Trendy Office Lunch Boxes
Bringing healthy lunches from home to the office is convenient and cost-effective. The company managers can also consider sponsoring one day lunch for everyone. This doesn’t need to be expensive. Often you will be surprised how reasonable food can be if planned properly and in advance. For example, encourage your employees to bring healthy lunches by giving them cool trendy lunch boxes.
52. How about a Brilliant Office Cookbook
Did you know Singaporean can file for a free ISBN number via National library system? Wwll! Yes anyone in Singapore can, so what’s stopping you ou your colleagues from writing a book.
Create an amazing go-to resource full of brilliant meal ideas. Get help from a creative person in your office, who has an undeniable passion for scrapbooking.
This can be a collaborative effort. Ask all your staff to join in and share their favorite recipe. Knowing the diversity in Singaporean work force, soon you will have a book with recipes from around the world.
This will be the ideal place for everyone to get ideas when they don’t have a clue of what to prepare for their next day office meal as well. Perhaps they can share their food or experience with the writer of this recipe!
53. Love On St Valentine’s Day
Valentines day is not just for couples. We can all share form TLC on the day. To do a bit better than other, if you would like to sponsor a couple perfume workshop, you can try https://www.perfumeworkshop.com/couple-perfume-workshop.html
Remind everyone in the workforce do something good for their heart on the Valentine’s Day, not just for the loved one. Of course, there are variety of activities in which this can be done:
• Eating a range of healthy foods
• Achieve and maintain healthy weight
• Engage in variety of physically active
• Be smoke-free
• Try to be alcohol free
• Try to stay in the moment and stay calm
• Be mindful
• Meditate few minutes a day
• And our Singapore special pledges- Manage diabetes, blood pressure or blood cholesterol
Everything that benefits your heart goes.
54. Stock Up Some Nutritious Soup
We Singaporean love our soups. Many of them come in dry powder form and are easily availbe on redmart or other online grocery stores. They also make a great substitute for sugary tea and coffee. Here are some awesome idea about how to get some nutritious soup while in the office - make a large pot of soup during the weekend, portion it and freeze for the entire week. Soup best travels frozen as it won’t spill.
One worker can take one day of the week or even a month for larger office
55. Compassion: Offer Personal Emergency Support
Personal emergencies such as unexpected household emergencies, unforeseen auto repair or accident, hot water heater malfunction among other personal emergencies can be considered for paid time off. In this scenario, the staff can be given work from home (WFH) time. This compassionate act will make your employees feel more appreciated.
Naturally, they will be more dedicated to the company. These good deeds will not go unpaid.
56. Sponsor Gym Memberships
We did mention it before, but its an important subject and we would like to dedicate a separate tab for it. Corporate gym membership is an ideal way to promote health and employee wellness within your company. A fitter workforce will definitely have improved mental health, better concentration and confidence, as a result they will perform better at their work.
Therefore, work out a suitable package with a nearby gym and sponsor willing employees for weekly workouts. There are various options- yoga classes, gym, zooba, kick boxing, mua thai etc to explore. Employers should conduct a survery or a personality match before signing their employees for such activities.
57. Rent Uniforms And Hygiene Systems For A Super Hygienic Workplace
This may not be applicable for consulting office and such, but it holds true for at least about 80% other type of businesses. Most of the spreading bacterial and virus infections are a direct consequence of poor hygiene conditions. For a healthy and happy workforce, maintain flawless hygiene at the workplace. You can rent or buy uniforms for your staff
MBS for example has a highly efficient cleaning program that includes;
• Regular daily cleaning and odour control
• Regular weekly or monthly deep cleaning services
• Reminders about workplace hygiene
• Installing hand sanitizers in washrooms
• Having the uniforms regularly cleaned
For some industries it is more important, such as :
Food & Beverage Garments
High-quality, durable wait staff aprons and chef uniforms.
Food Processing Garments
Easy to wear. Smart and hygienic. Good antibacterial defense.
Heavy and lightweight, fire retardant, and smoulder proof uniforms.
Well-maintained and hygienic uniforms do not online improve morale, performance and customer service, it can also set as antibacterial protection of employees from daily exposure to chemicals, dusts and grease.
58. Fun For Family
Create fun by organizing an event where everyone can bring their entire family to work. Colleagues and families will strengthen bonds while mingling and freely socializing.
To make the day a success, prepare the activities well in advance and get input from all levels of the company.
This can be done offsite or within the office building or workspace
59. Standing Workplace Station – new lovely way to keep the back in shape
Gone are the days on sitting on ball. They are still good, but lately workforce has been looking at these new table which can morph from a regular desk to standing workstation.
Provide your workers with an option of working using standing workstations. The occasional standing to work does wonders for your health. Here are some pro tips for maximum benefit;
• Alternate between sitting and standing
• Adjust your standing desk to elbow height and screen position to 51-71cm from your face
• Purchase anti-fatigue mats to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort
• Use arm supports to reduce pressure on the mouse operating wrist.
• Change your keyboard and mouse positions to the same level
• Take regular breaks to stretch, clear your head and rest your eyes.
60. Late on Monday Or Early Home Friday
Singaporean work for 10-12 hours a day on an average. In fact, most Asian countries have similar unsaid rules. However in Europe and Australia, the work hours are substantially shorter, especially on Friday. Loosen up the discipline a bit on Fridays. Let the weekend start a bit earlier for your staff so they can enjoy other activities. Consider cutting down the office hours to 6 on Fridays. Sweden already made that move and a step further. Sweden now has 6 hours a day workweek. And the effects are interesting;
• Happier workers
• More productivity
• Healthier workers
• And a happier management team due to a higher level of productivity.
61. Share Super Veggie Recipe With Colleagues
Vegetables are healthy bombs, aimed at physical wellness. Physically well people also have a better mental health. Famous for their antioxidants and dietary fiber, these nutritious veggies can become your office favorite. It takes take a bit of effort, but its doable. Wondering how? Simply pick a super veggie every week and invite co-workers to make and share their mouth-watering recipes. It’s easy to do plus you’ll learn a lot from each other.
62. Swap Terrific Sugar-Free Cookies
Organize a sugar-free cookie event to pick the best sugar-free cookie. Singaporeans really need to focus on food that cause diabetes. With high pre-diabetes rates, one can only be too careful. There are many sugarless cookie recipes available online. Such an event will inspire your co-workers to make healthier choices for their deserts.
Chocolate and other junk food fundraising are events of the past. They are quite frequent during the holiday season. We should replace those with healthier options.
63. Hold Some Outdoor Meetings
We all have to meet for work, don’t we? Move the location out to get some fresh air into your lungs and break the office monotony. Outdoor meetings work best on a day with favorable weather and when the meetings don’t require computers and electronic presentations.
If necessary, we can always use zoom for electronic meetings. But ideally we should try to do stand-up meetings at the outdoor workplace. If you would like to add some team building elements to start with, ask everyone take turns to briefly share some good news. It will significantly boost the morale.
64. Refreshing Rooftop Luncheons With Colleagues
You will be surprised how good some of the rooftops in Singapore are. Many have been occupied by restaurants and pubs, but there are still many where one can sit and relax, even as a corporate group. A change of environment from the normal canteen to the not so ordinary rooftop for a lunch break is refreshing. And the view is simply amazing.
If you have access to a private area, create a nice and comfortable area complete with chairs, tables and cantilever umbrellas for a fabulous rooftop luncheon. Even if you do not have private access, ask the building management to let you upgrade the roof top for everyone’s benefit.
And yes, you can also encourage your employees to burn some calories by ditching the elevator for the stairs.
65. Refreshing Yoga Lessons
Yoga is “A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.”
Now… what’s not to love about that. There are many yoga studios all around Singapore. If not, it just take s mat and few willing people and the conference room doubles as a Yoga studio.
Guess what? Everybody can do yoga, regardless of their age, shape or size. They just need to make sure that they practice yoga at the level they feel most comfortable with.
66. Rent Hand Hygiene Systems In Washrooms To Ensure Workplace Hygiene
With covid we learnt a lot about hygiene and hand hygiene. One sure way to avoid transfer of germs and disease in the workplace is to clean hands regularly. Encourage your employees to wash their hands and dry them properly. Distribute alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Keep one sanitizer near the entrance. Put reminding posters near key areas and moments for hand hygiene, such as:
• The restroom
• Before and after staff meetings
• Before and after food serving and eating
• Before and after scanning newspapers or magazines in your break room
• Before and after daily staff lunch break
• After using your friend’s keyboard or tools. This one is easy to forget, but very very crucial
• Before and after a meet and greet activity in your office
• When using shared office equipment like copiers, phones, etc.
67. Office Collaboration Space
Well planned and beautiful spaces work as a great happiness booster and provide a conducive environment for people to mingle and talk to each other. A collaboration office space would be an ideal cradle of ideas. Your employees can go there when need be to bounce ideas off each other, or to just get some inspiration. This could be co-shared with a coffee making or vending machine. Lately beer bars are becoming very popular as well, but for health and wellness reasons, we would ask you to avoid them.
68. Fantastic Jam Sessions
Not that kind of jam… but the nice jam that you can eat. And pickle too! Homemade jams and pickles are far much healthier than those manufactured in industries. Organize jam making sessions and have everyone at the office participate.
Easy to follow recipes are readily available online to help you make perfect jams and pickled food.
Ask participant to make a bit extra. After an eventful afternoon, the staff can carry with them their made stuff for their families. While you are at it, why not encourage them to sell it. The proceeds can go to their family or chosen charity.
69. Organise Hobby Clubs
We all tend to forget hobbies and their importance in our lives. Organized hobby clubs will help bring your employees closer and create a more harmonious working environment. This has several mental and wellness benefits. Staff will get a chance to share their interests and socialise. There are so many choices. So, let the workers choose what they would like. Perhaps a book club, a walking club or any other hobby that your staffs have a common interest in would be a perfect start.
70. Hire an agency for a Tailored Cooking Course or a cooking team building for your office
Employees can learn more about the benefits of better nutrition through tailored cooking classes. There are several cooking team building in Singapore. The fun cooking courses will also strengthen their bond and encourage competitive learning. Their culinary skills will also improve a great deal,
There are several teams of health enthusiasts, dieticians and nutrition consultants who can host a tailored cooking course for your office.
71. Fun Karaoke And Themed Office Costume Parties
Who doesn’t love a good old fashion show and fancy-dress show. Have your employees hold the dress up themed parties. It’s a fun and relaxing way for your employees to get to know each other better in different situations.
Humour and laughter can reduce the effects of stress. And Karaoke and themed parties will definitely bring out some smiles and laughs. Moreover, they will get a chance to brag about the fun they have in their workplace.
72. Support Teenage Parenting
Your senior staff and top management amongst other team members will be raising teens. Raising teens is often a very challenging role for most parents, irrespective of their financial status, maturity level and employment requirements. Empower the employees who are parenting teenagers by providing them with useful courses and counselling. These mental wellness professionals will share valuable lessons on how to best handle their parenting concerns. And in return, they’ll feel valued and cared for at the company.
Progressively hypnotic wellness is becoming very popular. Try out these new and age old wellness techniques and activities and let your employees be happy.
73. Provide Child Day Care In The Workplace
One brilliant idea is to conveniently provide child day care services at the office for parents with young children. In fact, that should almost be compulsory as it makes a women’s life easier and she can be very productive, knowing that the child is safe and nearby.
It helps burden from both parents and even grandparents and other family members, who sometimes may be required for baby-sitting.
Though perceived as an expensive undertaking, you will eventually save money due to decreasing employee turnover and absenteeism.
Whether you opt for a bring baby to work or an onsite day care program, the new mummies and daddies will appreciate your thoughtfulness and get to concentrate better on their day jobs.
74. New Year – New Employee Wellness Resolutions
This is easier said than done. We all have made promises to others and ourselves, shortly to be broken. Maintaining New Year’s resolutions can be very challenging, but not impossible.
Inspire your employees to make and follow their new year resolutions. Here are ways that can help them keep up the enthusiasm;
• Collect each employee’s wellness resolutions and pin them on your company board to remind them of their targets.
• Post everyone’s resolutions on their workstations to serve as a constant reminder
These wellness activities will benefit the employee and employer alike.
75. Offer Professional Development Courses
NTU, NUS, SMU and pretty much all other universities offer professional development courses. Skills future Singapore will even take up substantial cost from many of these classes. There are other government schemes and grants where one can claim for absentee payroll.
Give interested employees a chance to learn in their choice of professional development area. As a result, they will make career advancements with their newly acquired skills and knowledge.
As an organization, you’ll gain from increased employee retention, reenergized staff, improved efficiency, confidence and credibility among your employees.
76. Workout Before Breakfast
An ideal wellness program for busy professionals could be as simple as a quick morning workout. Yogi’s believe that all yoga stretching exercises should be done on empty stomach.
The muscle builders would expect you to eat something so the body doesn’t start cannibalizing on its own muscle mass.
Whatever you belief is, depending on employee’s choice of activity, they should be able to find and stick to a fitness activity and plan
Busy professionals can perhaps perform 5-10 minutes of bodyweight exercises, as soon as they get up every morning. This helps wake people up, maintain muscle tone, and is particularly good for burning fat since it’s taking place on an empty stomach.
77. Sparkling Clean Office
Covid has taught us this lesson very well. We have started focusing on keeping common areas and desks very clean however there are areas like Washroom Showers, Lockers, And Bike Racks, which sometimes go unnoticed. This becomes a major excuse for not working out. Hygienic facilities such as washrooms showers and lockers will be inviting to your employees. Entice your employees to take on workouts by facilitating pleasantly clean and well-equipped washroom showers and lockers.
78. Deal With Depression And Anxiety
World has started to become more accepting of mental troubles, particularly after covid. However often, depression and anxiety, though serious conditions are still stigmatized in some part of community. Help your co-workers by raising awareness about the issue and make your workplace safer.
Although depression can be treated and prevented, at least 75% of all people suffering from major depression do not receive adequate treatment. Sometimes it could simply be due to cultural issues, or could be because of financial issues. Consider buying an insurance plan with few sessions with qualitied counsellor.
79. Install Healthy Vending Machines in Your Workplace
Vending machines are available for all sorts of things, from men’s grooming, to book and of course the old one with food and drinks. Often, these vending machines can be free, depending on the deal your corporation is able to secure. Healthy vending machines can be an absolute solution to cut down on unhealthy snacks such as chocolate, sweets, chips and other sugar-packed items. Offering your employees healthier vending options that are easy and quick to get is an awesome idea.
By providing the vending machine, corporate do not even have to pay for the snacks, while employees get the benefit of staying fit, well and healthy.
80. Seek Medical Advice Before intense Physical Activities
This whole article is about mental and physical wellness and we have spent fair time discussing exercise routine. Before we go further its important to note that one should consult the doctor before engaging in any demanding physical activities such as workouts. And especially for those who are over 40 years, have heart problems or other risky conditions.
Before any marathon, races, calorie counters and similar challenges, ensure that your employees get an ‘ok’ from the doctor.
As a responsible corporate, consider hiring a doctor for a day before the event and getting an “OK” from such doctor.
81. Standing often
Science says that the healthiest way to survive a sedentary job is to stand every 20 minutes. Encourage your workforce to follow this routine. By providing high tables, they may not necessarily require a break to change their posture. Additionally, consider using anti-fatigue mats that reduce pressure and strains to maintain comfort levels while standing in one position for a longer period.
82. Set Up Eventful Sports Days
Not just race, you can also consider creating an exciting sports day event is what your employees need to develop teamwork, understanding, communication and leadership skills in a fun-filled high energy competition.
This could be a team building day, as organized by several Singaporean team building companies. You can also opt to turn it into a charity event. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a corporate sports day.
To organise a successful and memorable team sports day, you need to consider these details;
• Decide on the activities taking into consideration the weather and season. Singaporean being a hot country, it is important to decide the time of the day.
• Choose the perfect venue considering its appropriateness for your athletic activities, the participant’s safety, accessibility by your employees and the pricing to fit your budget. You may want to consider indoor area, or a park covered with thick foliage
• Inform everyone about the event well in advance. Post the details on your website and social media pages. Fun promotional products such as caps, fans and sweatbands could be an option too. There are lot of companies that can supply corporate gifts at reasonable price.
• Buy attractive awards and prizes to reward the athletes’ accomplishments. Or you could opt for gift certificates. Consider buying something Singapore made such as www.Singapore-Memories.com
83. Remember to celebrate your employees birthdays
Everyone loves and remembers their birthday fondly. Make it even more memorable by taking note of your staff’s birthday and celebrating with them.
You can make a creative birthday calendar and paste itnear the food area, where you post all the birth dates of your staff. It’ll always be fun because everyone will be looking forward to someone’s birthday. If for some reasons you do not wish to share the birthday in a wall calender, every first day of the month, you could send an email to everyone to have an early start for the birthday celebrations of the month.
Here are some interesting ideas to make the birthday even more special:
• Most people don’t want gifts. Its perhaps easier to make a charitable contributions on their behalf
• Decorate their personal desk. Now that’s no one can say no to
• Give them their favourite treats
• Give them a gift card, instead of gift. This way they can buy whatever they like. Some gifts card we recommend are Takashimaya and Capitaland. There may be other similar versatile cards
• Take them out for a meal
Your employees will highly appreciate your tokens and acts of thoughtfulness. They will love their job even more.
84. Gamify The Workplace
Turn your employees’ work tasks into day-to-day challenges. This increases productivity and makes the workday pass a lot faster for those in the office.
If you don’t believe us, look at successful companies and you will find elements of that.
In a survey, some employees even reported that they would agree to be paid less if their workplace came with the daily challenges that would allow them to make certain and constant progress, without too much stress of course.
85. Calming aroma in the office
While lot of focus is given to energizing activities, you will be surprised how calming activities benefit the corporate world. Calming aroma in the office is a great way to entice a hidden sense and help employees mental well-being and wellness. In the end, whatever benefits the employees, will benefit the employer as well.
86. Office Workout Routines
There’s an array of activities and exercises that the team can do in the office. Your co-workers are already familiar with most of them. They also know the mental and physical benefits they will get. So, why isn’t the team already doing those exercises?
Simple – they forget. Office work out poster are a great reminder and take very little time to make. In today’s electronic times, employers can simply get it printed for few dollars.
87. Campaign Against Smoking
In Singapore, tobacco kills approximately 2,500 smokers and 250 non-smokers each year. The fact is smoking is harmful to one’s health with many bad effects to the human body.
Smoking is currently banned in all entertainment outlets including pubs, bars, dance clubs, lounges and nightclubs and their outdoor refreshment areas. Make efficient anti-smoking campaigns and spread awareness on the dangers of smoking. This will help smokers decide to quit.
88. Daily Word Challenge anyone?
There are several resources to find a Mindbender word puzzle. Every day, set and email your staff a word of the day challenge.
It doesn’t need to be a word problem. It could be a fun fact, a new paper article, Anything that gets people thinking! Try to ask it like a question and get everyone to reply with their first guess. The first one to get the correct answer is the winner.
This fun mind-bending challenge helps expand vocabulary and improve memory skills. Also, your employees get to interact and engage with you.
It may even benefit the business. You can ask employees a little more detail of your business is to pick a “word of the day” related to your service or product.
89. Colourful Salads
Any food you eat shouldn’t be boring. Including vegetables or salads in all meals is a clever way of making meals look appealing to the eye.
Here are some amazing benefits of having your salad every day, specially the colorful ones:
• They are a natural source of fibre
• Helps in weight loss
• Helps your intake of healthy fats
• Builds strong bones
• Improves muscle performance
• Protects your heart and more
90. Evade The Famous 3 P.M. Crash
Cut back on sugars and starches with lunch. Eating an unhealthy lunch is the main cause of the 3 PM crash. To prevent it, cut sugars and processed carbohydrates out of your lunch, and add in more protein and vegetables. A healthy lunch will keep you going strong for the rest of the day, even into the evening.
91. Benefit From Nutritional Supplements
It may be advisable to take dietary supplements to enhance your health. Discuss the supplement choices with your employees before purchase. As a business owner, you may get a better price on some supplements.
There are supplement manufacturing companies that use natural products free from any synthetic nastiness. When your gut is working properly you will find that you have a lot more energy and vitality.
92. Help Your Workers Find Purpose In Their Work
Form a regular habit of discussing with your employees about the positive impact of their work. Such discussions will make facing workplace challenges easier because you’ll have a sense of purpose. Don’t leave to an annual review.
Some of these questions can provide the framework:
• Why do you do what you do?
• How do you help each other do your jobs better?
• How does your work make the community a better place?
• How are you contributing to a better world?
• How does it help your customers, employees & suppliers?
• How are you in service to others?
• How are you helping the planet?
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CAN TRANSFORM YOUR WORKFORCE AND WORKPLACE
Now it’s time to emulate these tips and make them work. This will sure create a fun and enticing work environment. Be a company that goes over and beyond to keep its workforce happy and healthy and attracts top quality talent and keeps the around longer. Employee’s boosted morale will lead to increased efficiency and productivity. Naturally, they will be happier with their jobs.
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