We know that putting together a plan for a workplace wellness initiative can be challenging and knowing where to start is sometimes the hardest part. To help you put your best foot forward, we’ve come up with little steps you and your colleagues can take to set yourselves on the path to big results.
- Buddy up. Whether you’re swapping recipes with your teammates or simply having someone hold you accountable, starting a wellness journey as a group is always better than going it alone.
- Adapt. In Dr. Mike Evans’ video about making our days harder, he mentions that we can “tweak the week.” He recommends incorporating small changes within our normal routines that benefit our health. For example, hold walking meetings or encourage your teammates to take the stairs when you’re heading somewhere together.
- Walk. It’s one small step for you and one giant leap for wellness! Building off of tip #2, take something everyone already does and enhance it. You can add some pep in your teammates’ steps (literally) by creating a walking challenge or forming a lunchtime walking group—which can keep going all the way through our Canadian winters.
- Fail. Failing can be discouraging and, even worse, keep us from trying. However, it can also help us grow! One of the best things you can do to welcome failure as a group is to change your perspectives—failure isn’t the end of a journey but the beginning of a new one.
- Celebrate. Your parents celebrated your baby steps, so why not show your colleagues that same appreciation with the baby steps you’ve all taken to improve the health and wellness of your workplace? Celebrating your team’s small wins can encourage everyone to keep going and do wonders for team morale and building connections. Best of all, it can be done in a variety of ways!
As you can see, incorporating health and wellness into your workplace doesn’t have to look or feel a specific way. We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so why put the pressure on your workplace wellness initiative? Taking a step in the right direction is still a step—even if it’s a little one!