What is a wellbeing day and does your team need them?

A quick summary:

  • What is a wellbeing day? 🧘
  • Wellbeing day ideas for your team 💡
  • Using Heka for your employee wellbeing platform 💚

In some companies, a certain day of the week is ass wellbeing day. A day when leaders encourage employees to do things that contribute to health and happiness. Often, employees are allowed to finish earlier on a particular day, giving them more time to focus on themselves. Other ideas include activities at work to improve wellbeing.

How employees choose to celebrate a wellbeing day depends on what they perceive as boosting health and happiness. For some, hitting the gym earlier on a Wednesday might make all the difference to their health and happiness – for others, using their free time to visit family might be all they needed to put a smile on their face. 

Below, we’ll look at the different ways employers can adopt wellbeing days, including Wellbeing Wednesdays and other creative ideas. We’ll also show you why it’s important to offer a wellbeing day to your team.

What is a wellbeing day, and why are they important?

A wellbeing day is a point in the week when employers promote health and wellbeing to their teams. An employer may even host a series of activities on a given day to help employees focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace.

From team-building exercises to office yoga, there are hundreds of ways that employees can celebrate a wellbeing day. As for an employer, a wellbeing day demonstrates a commitment to building healthier, happier teams. It also benefits a company when it comes to brand reputation, recruitment efforts and employee performance. 

It’s no secret that happier and more engaged employees perform better. In one study reported by HBR, organisations that report higher engagement see a 22% increase in productivity. Knight Frank does a great job of highlighting some interesting statistics around the ROI of happy employees. 

Most notably, the cost of replacing an employee averages around £12,000 - further demonstrating that through wellbeing you can increase retention and minimise high turnover that results in huge expenses. 

Wellbeing Day Ideas for your team

Now let’s take a look at some wellbeing day ideas that you can incorporate into your working week. Hopefully, this will provide the foundation for your wellbeing day, and inspire you to come up with outside-the-box solutions. 

Remember: involving your team in these brainstorming sessions is a great idea. As we’ve mentioned, there are hundreds of wellbeing day ideas - having your team involved in the decision-making process shows a willingness to listen and act on the best solutions for them.

Shorter working days for wellbeing

Starting with shorter working days. This, of course, is probably the most impactful change to your business. It’s one that you should consider carefully. In most cases, you want to find solutions that won’t hinder the organisation's performance and progress. 

Providing shorter days won’t have a negative impact, it can be a great choice for your workplace wellbeing day. Start by asking your team what particular day of the week they would prefer to finish earlier. Next, look at the amount of time you think is appropriate to shorten the said day. It’s important you don’t overlap early finishes with business activities. 

Why not go that one step further, and put together a list of events and idea suggestions your team can do each week to celebrate their shorter day. The main objective of a shorter day is to empower employees to focus on themselves with their extra hour or two. 

At Heka, the team finishes earlier on a Friday to give everyone the chance to enjoy the sun, go to the gym, or do something that improves our health and happiness – because, who doesn’t want to start the weekend early?

Team-building activities (especially for remote teams)

Moving on, let’s talk about team-building activities. Now, in today’s workplace, teams all over the world need to be engaged with their colleagues and workplace. And when they are literally all over the world, it can be difficult. Whether you’re in the office or working from home, online multiplayer quizzes, games and puzzles are a great way to enjoy a wellbeing day. 

Take Heka for example, each fortnight on a Wednesday, the team come together on a call to play a virtual quiz. This may anything from Guess Who to a general knowledge quiz. It’s team-building activities like this that help team members build relationships, increase engagement and boost wellbeing. Alternatively, these team-building exercises could be the chance for new employees to get to know everyone. 

From our own experience at Heka, we strongly recommend team-building activities for your wellbeing day. The team at CozyMeal have put together a list of different virtual activities for remote teams.

Leaderboard and team-wide challenges

In addition to team-building and virtual games, let’s look at challenges. When we say challenges, we mean things like running events and competitive challenges the team can get involved in each week. You may have a certain day that everyone finishes earlier on. 

Therefore, each week, you should have a leaderboard in the office showing who completed the longest run, the highest amount of burpees, or the most steps. Whatever challenge and target you set, ensure your team are happy to get involved. Fitness challenges aren’t for everyone, so this could be an idea for a select few only. 

Regardless this kind of challenge will motivate people to get up and get active on their shorter wellbeing day. There are many free apps out there to track steps, kilometres and time in the gym. Healthy competition is a huge motivator in many scenarios of life, and this should be a great addition to some of the ideas mentioned above.

Celebrate national awareness days on your wellbeing day

Each month, each year, there are regular awareness days that you can incorporate into your wellbeing days. For instance, on the 2nd of June saw ‘Global Running Day’. As for the week commencing 27th June celebrations are held for ‘World Wellbeing Week’ until the 1st July. There are plenty of opportunities to involve awareness days and weeks into your wellbeing days. 

If you’re struggling for ideas on a particular wellbeing day, these can help out massively in your planning for future wellbeing days. Remember, wellbeing days aren’t just to test your team’s fitness, it’s to raise awareness around common issues that impact health and wellbeing. Take a look at the various awareness days

Below, we’ve listed a few upcoming awareness days that you can include in your wellbeing days: 

  • Bring your dog to work day 2022 (21st June)
  • Talk to Us 2022 (1st July - 30th July)
  • National simplicity day (July 12th)
  • Black leaders awareness day (July 18th)

Boosting health and wellbeing with our wellbeing platform

Looking for even more ways to boost health and wellbeing in the workplace? Well, our employee wellbeing platform offers thousands of experiences, services and products to help you.

Across more than 50 categories, we’ve brought together some of the leading brands in health and wellbeing. Through a monthly allowance, you can empower your team to improve their wellbeing - choosing from life coaching, language learning, health supplements, outdoor activities and more.

We understand that health and wellbeing are personal, and so our employee wellbeing platform has been built to reflect this. To find out how Heka can benefit your team’s wellbeing, book a demo with our wellbeing experts today!