Is your company fit for business?

November 23, 2015

Without a thriving workplace culture, organizations may suffer from employee disengagement, stagnant business practices, uninspired products and services, and decreased financial performance. An important component of building a thriving culture-and improving the bottom line-is creating the conditions in which employee wellbeing can also thrive.

Wellbeing encompasses personal health, happiness, comfort and security. When a person has a sense of wellbeing, day-to-day tasks and responsibilities are much easier to deal with and accomplish. There is evidence that workplace stress is associated with poorer health, reduced self-efficacy and decreased organization productivity and quality. While focus on employee wellbeing as a way to reduce healthcare costs and improve performance is hardly a new idea, getting the whole team on board helps build a “climate of wellbeing” and ingrains these positive attributes into your company culture.

Not surprisingly, companies are now investing resources in improving the wellbeing of their employees through both individual and team activities. One such initiative is a project called the Australian Corporate Games. Established in 1987 to encourage organizations to realize the benefits of supporting their employees in their pursuit of health, fitness, and a better work environment, this multi-sport festival helps promote team building and goal setting through fun, rewarding activities.

You don’t have to be one of the 300 organizations participating in the Corporate Games in Melbourne Victoria this year in order to support your team members’ wellbeing through communal activities. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Join a local sports league

Google local sports leagues like softball, kickball, basketball, or indoor football in your city to see which offer co-ed sports leagues. Consider offering to pay for some or all of the league’s entrance fees for employees interested in participating to help ease financial concerns.

Participate in a 5K or fun run

Finding a 5K in your community can give your team a goal to work towards, and accomplish together, but can also raise money for a charitable cause. It’s not about first place, but crossing the finish line together!

Turn meetings into walking meetings

If you sit all day, why not make your meetings a little more fun? Research has suggested that walking makes people more creative.

Keep some footballs, volleyballs, and hula hoops around the office

Make the office fun and encourage people to take a break to relax. Just keep them away from expensive electronics and wall fixtures.

Monthly and weekly fitness challenges

Throw down a challenge of the month – most push-ups, most miles run, most steps in a day – and give the winner public recognition! Keep the categories changing to give everyone a chance to shine.

Many of the best companies to work for not only have a strong sense of brand identity, but a dedication to their team members’ wellbeing. What ideas are you using for your wellness program? If we’ve missed an awesome idea, let us know on our LinkedIn page