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April 7, 2020 BestCompaniesAZ

10 Holistic Wellness Initiatives Employees Enjoy

Businesses are beginning to move beyond standing desks and gym memberships. Today many companies want to implement holistic wellness programs that focus on the physical, mental, and emotional health of their employees. If you’re a business owner or employee looking for holistic health inspiration, this article is for you.

Below, 10 thought leaders spill a few holistic wellness initiatives that employees at their companies enjoy.

Create a place of safety

It is critical for us to build a place of safety for all our stakeholders, where they feel free to show vulnerability, where they care for each other, and where they’re not afraid of failing. We encourage our teammates to speak up if they disagree, with the expectation to bring another idea to the table. Candid conversations on all aspects of the business fosters a culture of trust. We can only succeed if our people’s emotional well-being is addressed day after day.

Derek Lundsten, Life Guides

Values Matter Most

Whatever the initiative, it is important that wellness aligns with the values of a company. Our values are embedded in the way our employees conduct themselves and, while we consider life a work in progress, we continually strive to stay true to our values. Our values will not change from time to time, in varying circumstances, or employee to employee, but rather they serve as the foundation of our culture.

Sundip Patel, AVANA Capital

Group Retreats

As owners and operators of a nature-inspired boutique hotel, we’ve been fortunate to have hosted several group events and retreats for companies. It’s always a joy to welcome a group of people and see them check out days later refreshed, recharged, and relaxed. For any company looking to take their holistic wellness initiatives to the next level, there’s no better retreat than to nature.  

Josh Addis, Lake Rabun

Break a Sweat

It might not be feasible to bring Pickleball into your work environment, but it is possible to bring exercise into the culture. Encouraging walks during the day, bringing in a trainer once a week, holding a yoga class outdoors, even supplementing gym memberships are creative ways to encourage exercise among the workforce. And exercise is SO important. It lowers stress and anxiety, helps you focus, and build camaraderie.

Patrick Sullivan Jr., Jigsaw Health

Create Trust With Remote Work

Remote work has become one of the most popular wellness initiatives and perks at many companies. Remote work gives employees the opportunity to experience new environments, thus boosting productivity and creativity. It is also a great way to instill trust in the workplace and promote communication among team members.

Grecia Olachea, Markitors

Prioritize Personal Development 

Each day, my company goes through a 3-5 minute video module from a personal development course. Everyone grows together.

Cory Michael Sanchez, Mojo Global

Chair Massages

Chair massage is almost always well received. Beyond the aches and pains we may experience from extended time spent at desks/computers, it also serves to focus the mind on positive thoughts and ideas. I’ve found after these types of sessions, creativity flourishes.

Nicole Spracale, vCandidates

Wellness Checks

Our SEO company asks all employees to take a paid 15-minute break at least every 4 hours for wellness reasons. That may mean a walk in the park, a Zoom call with remote colleagues, or just silent meditation. By encouraging employees to take wellness checks, we’re always able to keep things fresh and thrilling.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Morning Check-Ins

I’m a big fan of check-ins at the beginning of each meeting. This dedicated time allows each member of the team to share what’s on their mind or what’s happening in their life. Carving out dedicated time to be present and truly listen to our teammates is one of the most precious gifts we can give each other.

Brian Mohr, Mohr Impact Group

Brain Performance

One cutting edge holistic wellness initiative that employees have reported as life-changing includes Brain Performance. Twice a week, employees can come into the on-site Brain Performance center, relax and reboot with light and sound therapy, and subtle neuro-response feedback. 

Keri Sitrick, Vitanya

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