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11 Workplace Wellness Ideas: Boost Office Productivity and Happiness
February 12, 2024

11 Workplace Wellness Ideas: Boost Office Productivity and Happiness

The true impact of office health and wellness programs lies in their authenticity and their comprehensive approach to well-being. These initiatives have broadened their scope far beyond mere physical and mental health, now embracing elements like financial health, social connectivity, and emotional support. This evolution reflects a shift towards a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture, where employee well-being is valued and nurtured.

How Effective are Employee Wellness Programs? 

Employee wellness programs benefit both staff and companies by promoting better health, leading to increased productivity and stronger workplace relationships. Incentivizing participation with perks such as healthcare benefits and complimentary memberships can boost engagement and contribute to a healthier, more productive workplace.

Let’s take a look at some key statistics around the impact and effectiveness of employee wellness programs in the US: 

Recognising Workplace Wellness:

  • 52% of U.S. businesses acknowledge the importance of workplace wellness.

  • In 2020, over 50% of companies with 50+ employees offered wellness programs (U.S. Department of Labor Study).

The Effects of Workplace Wellness Programs on Productivity and Mental Health:

  • Wellness programs increase employee productivity by 66% (Gitnux).

  • 67% increase in employee satisfaction.

  • 63% improvement in financial stability and growth.

  • 50% reduction in employee absenteeism.


At The Square, our adaptable office environments are equipped with the best office facilities and advantages, ensuring your business has everything it needs.


Workplace Wellness Program Ideas 

Taking care of employee wellness is crucial, but that doesn't mean it has to be serious. Let's inject some fun into it!  

Here are 11 simple ideas suited to office, hybrid and remote employees in 2024:

1. Fitness Classes

Creating opportunities for employees to exercise during work hours sets a high standard for wellness programs. Organize fun and engaging wellness challenges that encourage employees to participate in activities like step competitions, healthy recipe sharing, or group workouts. For example, practicing on-site yoga offers a multitude of benefits. It encourages mindfulness, helping employees manage stress, enhance concentration, and cultivate a positive work environment. 

Recognizing that not every company can afford an onsite gym, The Square stands out by providing fitness centers and wellness rooms to emphasize the significance of employee well-being.

2. Mental Health Support Services

Stress and burnout are all too common among employees these days, making access to mental health services a crucial addition to your wellness offerings. Ensuring confidentiality is paramount in providing mental health and well-being services. Employees need to know that, as their employer, you don't have access to details about their therapy or coaching sessions.

At The Square, we understand the significance of mental health support. That's why we have on-site support teams, private meeting rooms, and outdoor workspaces. These elements contribute significantly to the employees' mental health. For instance, working in an outdoor space like our rooftop terrace can be a stress reliever, offering a refreshing change of scenery.


3. Healthy Meal and Snack Subscriptions

For remote employees, explore partnering with meal delivery services to offer healthy eating options. For office workers, ensure the cafeteria or kitchen is stocked with nutritious snack options. Consider offering subsidies or discounts to make these options more accessible.

At The Square, we've got you covered with on-site restaurants offering wholesome and nourishing meals. From daily breakfast options to healthy snacks and locally sourced coffee, we endorse a healthy eating program.

4. Ergonomic Workspace Assessments 

Offer virtual and in-person assessments to ensure that both remote and office employees have ergonomically set up workspaces. Provide employees with an allowance for necessary equipment like ergonomic chairs, standing desks, or ergonomic keyboards.

5. Flexible Scheduling Options

Allow employees to have flexible working hours to accommodate personal needs, exercise, and wellness activities. This flexibility can lead to improved work-life balance and increased productivity.

6. Wellness Challenges and Incentives

Organize regular wellness challenges that employees can participate in, regardless of their location. Challenges could focus on steps, fitness, hydration, or mindfulness. Offer incentives for participation and achievement to encourage engagement.

7. Professional Development and Learning Opportunities

Promote mental stimulation and growth by offering access to online courses, webinars, and workshops. Cover topics beyond work-related skills, including personal finance, stress management, and healthy cooking classes.


8. Digital Detox Days 

Encourage employees to take periodic breaks from digital devices to reduce stress and prevent burnout. Implement no-meeting days or email-free hours to support this initiative.

9. Health and Wellness Fairs

Encourage health awareness by providing onsite assessments, vaccinations and basic screenings at the office during work hours. Routine screening not only aids in the early detection of underlying health problems but also motivates individuals who may not regularly undergo physicals to monitor these essential health markers. Vital health indicators, such as blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, can be gleaned from these check-ups, providing early insights into potential health issues.

Organizing such events at The Square is a breeze. With our dedicated events programming and versatile spaces, you can easily host onsite vaccination drives, health screenings, and wellness activities. It's a holistic approach to employee well-being, making health initiatives accessible and engaging for everyone.

10. Volunteering Opportunities

Organize company-wide volunteering days, both virtual and in-person, to support community health and wellbeing initiatives. Volunteering can boost morale, foster team spirit, and improve mental health.

11. Financial Wellness Programs

Provide resources and workshops on financial planning, budgeting, and investing. Financial stress can significantly impact overall wellbeing, so offering support in this area can be incredibly beneficial.



At The Square, you can create your ideal office - from co-working spaces with gyms to satellite offices with fitness centres. 


Discover Workplace Wellness at The Square 

Wrapping up, it's evident that genuine workplace wellness programs are less about ticking boxes and more about genuinely caring for the people behind the work. These programs are not just perks but investments in a healthier, more balanced work culture. 

Curious about how workplace wellness at The Square can transform your day-to-day? Discover all the amenities available at The Square here