More companies are focusing on creating a work culture that supports employee health, mental wellbeing, and productivity. One way they are achieving this is through employee wellness programs. We know there are plenty of benefits to having a wellness program in the workplace. However, how do you keep employees engaged in the program?
One way to increase engagement is by providing fun and engaging wellness challenges. These challenges can help start healthy workplace competitions, build stronger teams, and create healthier habits for employees. Struggling to come up with new ideas? We’ve compiled a list of 5 new wellness challenges for 2022.
Walking Wellness Challenges
Cruisin’ Through Cali
What better way to escape the chilly winter blues than a virtual tour through sunny California? This challenge could be individual or team-based and runs for 8 weeks. It requires employees to average 7,500 steps per day throughout the challenge.
Sights they’ll get to explore could include San Diego, Long Beach, San Jose, and San Francisco.
King of the Hill Walking Challenge
This challenge is meant to push employees beyond their typical daily step count by gradually increasing steps each month. They’ll start at 5,000 steps per day and work up to 10,000 steps per day by month 3. Challenges like this are great for employees newer to fitness that need a gradual start.
Weight Management Challenges
Spring is a great time to work towards summer goals. With this challenge, employees create healthy habits that encourage them to lose extra pounds or maintain a current healthy weight throughout the length of the challenge.
These can run 6 to 8 weeks in length and require employees to log their weight weekly.
Healthy Habits Challenges
Game of Life
Help employees create healthy habits that improve their overall health and wellbeing. Over the course of 4 weeks, they can focus on learning about nutrition guidelines, effective communication strategies, sleep and movement, and meditation techniques. Employees can track their progress on a points-based system.
Home Wellness Challenges
Collage of Happiness
Home challenges are great options for those working in remote settings. The goal of Collage of Happiness is for employees to take various pictures of things that make them happy over the course of 4 weeks. The challenge is designed to help reduce stress, be mindful, and find joy in the little things.
At the end of the challenge, employees are asked to put all the photos together in a collage to get credit for their wellness goal.
The best way to keep employees engaged in their workplace wellness programs is through open discussion. Find out what challenges they’d like to see. Keep track of participation data and see where individuals fall off.
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