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5 Wellness Perks to Consider Offering Your Employees in 2019
December 18, 2018

5 Wellness Perks to Consider Offering Your Employees in 2019

As a small business owner, you already know the importance of offering your employees excellent benefits. While it can be difficult for a smaller company to match the impressive benefits packages of a large corporation, there are some perks that you can offer to make your company more attractive to both current and potential employees.

One area that you can focus on is your employees’ overall health and wellness. By offering wellness perks, you can make a big difference in setting your company apart, and your employees will appreciate that you are invested in their wellbeing.

In this post, we’ll share five wellness perks that will attract top talent and allow your small business to stand out.

Consider Providing These 5 Wellness Perks to Your Employees:

1. Offer Discounted Gym Memberships

One way that you can invest in your employees’ health is to provide them with a discounted gym membership.  Start by making a list of gyms in your area, then call and ask about their programs for partnering with local businesses. If there currently isn’t a program in place, ask if they would consider creating one and using your company to try it out.

In addition, if you have enough interested employees, consider hosting a weekly fitness class. You can hire an instructor to come to your office for an hour and lead the class or take a quick field trip to a local gym that hosts classes. One of the best options for this is a weekly yoga session. Yoga is a great way to help employees feel good and become more productive. Taking a mid-week yoga break can boost the energy in the office, increase creativity, and help employees release stress.

2. Provide Healthy Snacks

If you’re already providing snacks in your break room, this change will be a simple one. Instead of filling the kitchen with chips and soda, swap junk food for healthier options, such as fresh fruit, almonds, and sparkling water.

A study by Seamless showed that 60 percent of employees that work for companies that provide snacks feel more “valued and appreciated.” Choosing healthy options will give your team a midday energy boost to finish the work day strong, and they’ll be appreciative of the gesture.

3. Subscribe to Meditation Apps

When it comes to wellness benefits, mental health is just as important as physical. Many large companies are incorporating meditation into their list of wellness perks with things like quiet rooms and classes.

With an app, you can help employees use meditation as a way to relieve anxiety and deal with stress in a healthy way, without making a major financial investment. Headspace is one app that has services specifically for the workplace. Your employees can login to get access to sessions promoting mindfulness, stress relief, sleep, and more.

4. Give Time Off

One of the best ways to let your employees know that their physical and mental health is a priority for your company is to allow them time off to take care of themselves. A strict sick day policy can cause employees to feel like they can’t use that time to focus on mental health when it’s necessary.

According to Healthline, mental health is becoming more of a priority to both employees and employers. By offering a generous and comprehensive time-off package, you’ll show that your company supports all aspects of employee health.

5. Schedule Massages

Small business owners who offer massage therapy will stand out to new employees and retain current employees. With in-office chair massage sessions, your massage therapist can come to your office with all the equipment they need to give neck and shoulder massages.

Plus, aside from some much-needed stress-relief, in-office massages gives your employees a quick break from their roles. . The sessions are short, so the team will be back to work quickly, feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of the day’s tasks.

Conclusion: Invest in Your Employees

Finding and implementing wellness perks for employees will take some time, but the payoff will be worth it. Your current employees will appreciate that you care about helping them stay healthy and potential employees will be more likely to choose your job offer.

Do you have other ideas for wellness perks that a small business can offer employees? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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