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    Default Making a workplace healthier

    I'm looking for ways to make our organisation healthier or at least give staff opportunities to improve their health.
    We have a basic financial contribution to health and wellbeing based on length of service, participate in 10,000 steps each year, provide an ergonomic assessments on work areas.
    I guess I'm looking for something more. One of our offices is in one of the fattest towns in the country. We work in the community services sector and are mainly office based, sitting for most of the day and have a high rate of smoking.

    What would you appreciate your workplace offering to support health and wellbeing ?

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    At my work they provide fresh fruit, there is a bootcamp class once a week and a yoga class once a week (all free and during work hours), plus a 50% gym rebate - any gym of your choice, it's refunded to you through your pay - for the first year of the gym membership. We also run sporting competitions and have office sports teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    At my work they provide fresh fruit, there is a bootcamp class once a week and a yoga class once a week (all free and during work hours), plus a 50% gym rebate - any gym of your choice, it's refunded to you through your pay - for the first year of the gym membership. We also run sporting competitions and have office sports teams.
    This is a great start! I like the yoga and boot camp ideas. Do they come to your workplace or do you go to a gym for those classes?
    I also like office sport comps idea!

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    We provide fruit , nuts and bottled , mineral and soda water as I find , especially with the guys ( including DH!) if it's there in front of them they will eat it but they would never think to go buy an apple or almonds if they get hungry !

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    Some more small things - a stretching session once or twice a day to relieve tension from sitting at a computer all day; a nutribullet in the office (in our office it's definitely increased fruit and veg intake); a day where there are health info sessions on offer - so, consider getting in a dietician/nutritionist, an OT, a physio, etc for Q&A sessions. I know an organisation that will give say $120 a year for sportswear/joggers/exercise equipment on presentation of a receipt.

    Also, you haven't mentioned mental health - an EAP could be wonderful for the staff.

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    Where I used to work they did the following:
    Free fruit
    Subsidized gym membership
    Pilates
    Weight Watchers (offered at a corporate rate)
    Subsidized prescription glasses
    Massage angels (infrequently)
    Free flu jab
    Annual health checks (BP, blood sugar, weight etc)
    Entered Corporate Games (spin off of the Olympics)
    Facilitated organizing running groups, soccer teams, rugby teams, touch football teams etc

    There might have been more but I can't recall. This was a large organization of around 600 staff.

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    - Subsidised gym or sports team memberships
    - Free or subsidised nicotine replacement therapies
    - Shower/locker facilities to make it easier for people to walk/ride to work and be able to shower when they get there
    - Secure bike storage facilities
    - Removal of vending machines
    - Access to cold water (either bottled or through a filter)
    - Healthy snacks/food provided at meetings etc
    - Encouragement to bring healthy food instead of things like cakes/brownies etc to share to work (my work often resembles a CWA meeting which isn't good)
    - Promotion and encouragement to form a team for things like local running festivals (most offer races from 5km to a marathon), obstacle courses and similar
    - Have some work functions alcohol free and in an active environment instead of slinging back 6 beers and a chicken parma at the pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post

    Also, you haven't mentioned mental health - an EAP could be wonderful for the staff.
    You reminded me of mental health! Thank you!
    We have an EAP who provides staff and their immediate families (including children) with 6 sessions of counselling with a psychologist every year. Possibly more if required.
    Our staff get up to $300 a year for health and wellbeing including exercise clothes, sneakers, massages, gym/sport/club membership

    I love the fruit and nuts idea
    Also the stretching times during the day.

    I was thinking of giving everyone 30 mins a day, paid, either in a single block or in up to 3 blocks, for exercise and time away from their desks but I'm not sure about how that will impact productivity and whether it's overkill.
    I don't want to force people but I do want to give opportunities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    This is a great start! I like the yoga and boot camp ideas. Do they come to your workplace or do you go to a gym for those classes?
    I also like office sport comps idea!
    They come to our office, we have a large free room where they hold the classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    This is a great start! I like the yoga and boot camp ideas. Do they come to your workplace or do you go to a gym for those classes?
    I also like office sport comps idea!
    We used to have someone come in and do yoga once a week. Usually with yoga there are teachers who freelance and do specials with companies.

    We have fruit weekly.

    There was a recent suggestion that went through for a 'time out/relax room' for the office. Its used to chill out/read/power nap.

    I would think anything to keep morale up helps. Apparently the Sydney office has a choir lol.

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