J Bar recognizes Employee Wellness Month.
As the perfect follow-up to last week’s podcast episode and blog post, the month of June is Employee Wellness Month! As we described previously, the J Bar staff is offered various opportunities to meet different developmental needs and work towards financial, personal, and professional goals.
At J Bar, our staff’s wellness is a top priority, and Chief Wellness Officer Tanis Jamar is always looking for ways to continue improving what is offered to her employees. J Bar employees are provided:
- Counseling services.
- Subscriptions to the SmartDollar financial wellness program.
- Dream Manager.
- Other benefits focus on different aspects of employees’ health in addition to standard healthcare.
Check out this blog post to learn more about those!
When speaking of benefits for employees, something is missing. Employees can “benefit” from so much more than what they are offered, and many employers may not realize it. Hopefully, shedding light on employee wellness this month and highlighting the different areas that need more attention will help employees realize what they need from their employers and help those employers identify gaps in their offerings for staff.
What Can Employers Do?
Explore counseling opportunities.
Nothing is more isolating and upsetting than thinking you have no one to turn to when you are struggling. Many employees feel like they cannot come to their employer with issues they face for fear of judgment or losing their job. It would be beneficial to your staff – and the company, ultimately – if those individuals could seek out counseling knowing their employer makes the opportunity available.
Let employers take “mental health days.”
Implement a plan to have a select amount of days set aside for your employees to stay home, refresh, relax, and return to work with fresh minds and renewed energy. Many people don’t want to use their hard-earned PTO for days like that because they think it would be a waste, or they don’t want to be criticized for taking off “just because.” Allowing your employees the opportunity to take time for themselves will make a difference.
For a little insight on your employees’ mental health, visit this website:
Engage your staff in group activities
Set aside a morning meeting for a team-building game. Have everyone put their heads together to craft a mission statement or play a round of “Two Truths and a Lie.” Getting everyone to communicate and laugh together will boost their morale and have them excited for the coming day. Another fun activity to introduce to your employees is a steep challenge.
Encourage individuals to take more steps than everyone else over a month or longer – make it fun and engaging. This friendly competition takes care of two important aspects of employee wellness – exercise and cooperation with others.
Hold a contest
Invite your employees to design the next t-shirt or sticker to promote your company’s brand. Hold a contest and encourage those interested in submitting artwork and displaying the entries at your next company meeting – leaving the rest of the staff to submit votes for their favorites. Encouraging individuals to tap into their creative side is a great way to build motivation and confidence.
For more information about Employee Wellness Month and what you can do for your employers not only one month out of the year but year-round, check out these articles:
Corporate Wellness Magazine
The Well Right Blog