At its best, a lunch and learn program engages and educates employees, encouraging them to make positive changes in their health.
At its worst, these presentations are dreaded by employees who see them as an irrelevant waste of time. So how do you make sure your corporate lunch and learn program falls into the former category? Read on for our best lunch and learn “do’s and don’ts.”
Lunch and Learn Program DO’S:
- Choose interesting, relevant topics. If no one in your office smokes, “Smoking Cessation” may not be the best lunch and learn topic for your workplace. Consider crowd-sourcing some ideas in order to find out what your employees are interested in. Well-selected topics increase popularity and attendance.
- Encourage participation and feedback. You want your employees to feel like they’re being educated and engaged – not being lectured.
Plan your lunch and learn presentations in advance, and make sure the schedule is well-communicated.
Lunch and Learn Program DON’TS:
- Don’t make these events mandatory. A corporate lunch and learn program is not the same as required company training on harassment and ethics. Requiring attendance will reduce popularity and enjoyment.
- Don’t hold lunch and learn presentations too frequently. Recognize that your employees value their lunch break to hit the gym, run errands, or simply decompress from work for a bit. Once or twice a month will work well.
- Don’t try to squeeze in too much information. Be mindful of the time constraints of the lunch hour, leaving time to finish your presentation without being rushed, as well as leaving time for input and questions from the audience. Topics that create a lot of interest and engagement can be split into a series if necessary.
Ready to get started? Wellworks for You facilitates Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics – from “Healthy Foods on the Go” and “Good Fats vs Bad Fats” to “Physical Activity at Work” and “Stress and Time Management.”