Corporate wellness programs often translate to happier, healthier and more productive employees. While initial corporate initiatives used to focus only on reducing the rate of smoking and losing weight, today’s programs are ever-evolving as our understanding of workplace wellness continues to grow.
If you’re looking to engage your employees in a wellness program that truly makes an impact, consider implementing some of these wellness ideas in your workplace. The following wellness and fitness trends are poised to be front and center in 2018:
Wellness programs often neglect one of the most fundamental elements of happiness: mental health. Long stigmatized in the workplace, mental health has now blossomed into a major focus for corporations looking to alleviate employees’ stress and anxiety.
About 84% of corporate employees demonstrate psychological or physical symptoms of strained mental health. Help your staff access mental health services by financially providing for therapy and counseling in their healthcare plans. Consider allowing employees to take mental health days to reduce stress. Show appreciation while encouraging wellness by giving employees an exercise mat, hosting weekly meditation classes or mental health workshops in the office.
Wearable Fitness Tech
Health and wellness apps continue to dominate the corporate wellness sector. Incorporating the latest consumer tech into a wellness program makes sense in 2018. How else can you accurately track metrics and monitor progress?
For fitness programs that target weight-loss, a useful and inexpensive piece of wearable fitness tech is the step counter. A pedometer encourages employees to be more active and use their creativity to rack up more steps every day. Encourage your staff to get moving by outfitting your entire office with matching branded pedometers.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Lack of sleep takes a serious toll on the body and on anyone’s ability to be productive. A recent study concluded that sleep deprivation among the workforce costs the U.S. economy $411 billion per year. Expect to see more wellness programs encourage employees to try various methods of boosting their sleep quality.
While you can allow flexible hours to give night owls a reprieve, also consider creating a safe haven in your office where employees can take a quick nap when they are running out of steam. In your designated sleep nook, leave sleep masks, throw pillows, and plush blankets to facilitate a better recharge. As part of your wellness program, you can gift employees branded sleep masks to help them stay asleep longer at home.
The key to a successful corporate wellness program is to maximize participation, but some employees don’t want to put in the extra effort without an incentive. Gamifying fitness initiatives in the office has proven to be a highly effective method of increasing participation. Who doesn’t love receiving a reward for their effort? Expect to see this concept implemented in more corporations this year.
Reward employees that meet benchmark goals with recognition in the form of plaques or awards. Items such as water bottles, pedometers and mini ice packs also are great incentives that encourage wellness. You can also choose a prize for the top participant every quarter – just stay away from those candy gift baskets!
Make the most of your workplace wellness campaign by incorporating promotional products into your efforts. For more creative ideas, reach out to me, your Certified Advertising Specialist and Halo account executive. Contact Me Now.
“What’s trending?” It’s a question you ask us often. The best part? It’s a question we love answering. Utilizing lots of research, our team compiles the promotional products that reflect the trends you’re seeing in retail stores, online, and on the street.
Today we are discussing one of the most versatile trends out there right now – Neutral Palettes. Part of the overarching trend we like to call “Simplify”, Neutral Palettes is all about using clean lines and minimalist design that doesn’t sacrifice function. Let’s dive in and discuss the trend and some products that fit into the offering.
In the technologically savvy world that we live in, being connected to your phone, tablet or computer 24/7 is way too easy to do. Because being too plugged in can be overwhelming, the Neutral Palettes trend offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Using lightweight fabrics and textures derived from nature, products using this trend can create a calming effect for the user while also acting as the perfect backdrop for your brand’s logo.
Colors closely associated with the Neutral Palettes trend are black, gray, white and tones of brown and khaki. These subtle colors not only amplify the look of your logo, but are timeless, ensuring that these customized products are going to be used over and over again without going out of style. Neutral also means versatile, making the products in this collection suitable across many industries and events. Take, for example, the Field & Co; Cambridge Oversized Sherpa Blanket:
Designed with neutral colors and a soft and cozy fabric, the Sherpa blanket is comfortable and functional at the same time. Consider using a laser decoration method on this blanket for an understated and sophisticated logo.
Subtle, thoughtful design
Designed with thoughtful functionality, the products in the Neutral Palettes collection represent a departure from flashy details and over the top fabrics and instead focus on subtle textures and deliberate details. How many times have you received a piece of branded corporate apparel for a tradeshow and thought, “Well, I’ll never wear that again…” Say goodbye to that worry when you choose pieces with classic silhouettes and color schemes. Think about using the Bromley Knit V-Neck next time you have to outfit your employees for an event:
This classic and comfortable sweater was crafted with washable wool (yes, washable!), making it easy to care for and wear again and again. The women’s style has a dropped back hem so that it can be worn with leggings and the men’s style transitions from the office to happy hour with ease. Decorated with a tone on tone logo, your employees will be thanking you for adding such a stylish piece of apparel to their wardrobe.
Whether you’re giving away gifts to clients to thank them for their business, recognizing employees for a job well done, or outfitting your sales team for your next big tradeshow; products in the Neutral Palettes collection provide high quality, high function pieces.
Ready to explore how items in this collection could work for your next promotion? Contact Me to chat about your options!
Lana Bento, CAS
Certified Advertising Specialist as designated by PPAI,