A quick summary:
When we think of employee benefits and how wellbeing fits into the equation, Wellbeing Wednesday is the perfect combination of both. Not only does it support a happier, healthier work-life balance, it also serves as a benefit to be excited about each week.
What’s also great about Wellbeing Wednesday is its simplicity. Essentially, all we have is a themed day, which gives leadership teams the flexibility of how best to spend it - something we’ll discuss later on.
When it comes to popularity, we found the term ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ to have more than 1,900 Google searches each month. This just goes to show how much individuals, groups, and organisations are picking up on this trend. In addition to this, a further 390 searches are made for “Wellbeing Wednesday ideas” each month.
In fact, here at Heka, we host our own Wellbeing Wednesday, which takes shape in one of two ways. Each Wednesday, the team either finishes early to focus on a wellbeing activity, or we all play a virtual game together. Yes, it’s as simple as that, and yes, team members really do reap the benefits of these kinds of events.
Fundamentally, this themed wellbeing day does a whole lot when it comes to both employee benefits packages and employee wellbeing. We want to give leaders and HR professionals an insight into its potential for happier, more engaged teams and how best to celebrate Wellbeing Wednesday.
Why does Wellbeing Wednesday work brilliantly?
To dive deeper into why Wellbeing Wednesday works so brilliantly, you must consider who exactly benefits from it and why.
For leadership teams, Wellbeing Wednesday is the perfect answer to an employee benefits package. Why? Because it’s their chance to really get to know their team's attributes and individual personalities. In a laid-back environment, people are themselves, and this proves great for connecting with employees and building better relationships.
Now, this of course depends on how leaders choose to spend Wellbeing Wednesday, but if it’s a group activity that involves communication or collaboration, this is great news! The thing some companies fail to see with Wellbeing Wednesday is its flexibility for it to be whatever you choose. The best leaders will find ways to combine teamwork and collaboration without making the activity feel too corporate and boring.
Our advice to leadership teams is to truly think of clever wellbeing activities that give insight into the people in the team. No, this isn’t a team-building exercise, but it also doesn’t have to be just a silly gathering.
Move away from workload
To begin with, Wellbeing Wednesday allows your team to step away from their workloads and focus on something else. While it isn’t directly a break as such, this change in focus will enrich the productivity and happiness of your team.
Sometimes, employees feel guilty about taking breaks, but there are so many benefits from moving away from busy schedules and workloads. This includes boosting creativity, reducing stress, lessening injuries, aches and pains and so much more. We highlight this, because the only difference between a break and a Wellbeing Wednesday activity, is that it also improves employee engagement too!
Build relationships with team members
Wellbeing Wednesday also improves relationships not with leadership teams, but amongst colleagues and across other departments. It can sometimes be difficult collectively engaging in something other than work tasks and work-related meetings, so Wellbeing Wednesday is a great option.
Whether it’s supporting one another with mental health discussions, or explaining the benefits of breathwork training to a colleague, Wellbeing Wednesday does wonders for relationships throughout the company and at all levels.
Still not sold? Here’s one simple stat that might change your mind: employee satisfaction increases nearly 50% when developing closer relationships at work.
Enhance overall employee wellbeing
Last but most certainly not least, Wellbeing Wednesday enhances overall employee wellbeing. That’s because it breaks up the week and offers team members something to look forward to. Whether it’s finishing early, playing virtual games, or in-office yoga sessions, everyone can benefit. For some, it’s focusing on something new that alleviates stress, for others it’s the social interaction that enriches our day. Ultimately, it’s the theme of wellbeing and self-care that helps transform teams on this midweek event.
What are some Wellbeing Wednesday Ideas?
As we mentioned earlier, we would finally reach the topic of Wellbeing Wednesday ideas, and the various ways your team can celebrate this weekly occasion. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most common Wellbeing Wednesday ideas to implement into your wider employee benefits package.
On-site Wellbeing Wednesday Ideas
Starting with on-site wellbeing ideas, these work best for teams that are working together in the same space as one another.
Lunch & Learn
Lunch and Learns have become a modern-day phenomenon in progressive and forward-thinking companies. Each Wednesday, leadership teams can organise a lunch and learn that focuses on something entirely unrelated to work and closer to self-care, health and wellbeing.
For example, one lunch and learn idea would be to a financial wellbeing session, followed by a short discussion about the benefits of budgeting, saving and investing - leaders could even go one step further and hire an external financial coach to deliver the talks.
Chair Yoga Classes
Developed in 1982, chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like, yoga involving a chair. It takes influences from asanas, which is often used in modern-day yoga as exercise. The reason chair yoga is so effective as a wellbeing Wednesday idea is its practicality, simplicity and emphasis on employee wellbeing.
With little more than knowledge of chair yoga poses and the office space to host a class, this Wellbeing Wednesday idea acts as a great introduction to yoga in general. If the idea of yoga is so well received from team members, leaders could consider mat yoga hosted by external teachers - will you be adding chair yoga to your Wellbeing Wednesday?
Each week, leaders could make outdoor meetings a regular Wednesday occurrence. Getting away from the office from time to time really is a breath of fresh air. Whether it’s walking and talking or simply sitting somewhere in the sun for the duration of the meeting, this is bound to improve employee wellbeing and is a great Wellbeing Wednesday idea.
Virtual Wellbeing Wednesday Ideas
When it comes to working remotely, some teams struggle with a lack of social interaction and the lack of team spirit. In fact, 33% of respondents to a survey said their biggest concern for remote work is the lack of social interaction and feeling disconnected from colleagues, according to reworked.co.
Like office-based lunch and learns, webinars allow for much more scope and the choice to discuss wider topics. That’s because the leadership team has the opportunity to hire a variety of different speakers and teachers, at a much cheaper cost.
Keeping on the theme of employee wellbeing, these webinars can be hosted around mental health, wellbeing and other self-care or holistic health topics.
Virtual interactive games
Another great employee benefit and Wellbeing Wednesday idea is playing virtual games. This particular idea should focus on team-building and collaboration. For example, there are many virtual murder mysteries and escape room activities for the whole team to get involved in.
Leaders will need to get their thinking hat on and be creative or give the responsibility of finding new games to a different team member each week.
Fitness Challenge Video call
It’s no secret that fitness and exercise improve health, happiness and wellbeing! Well, why not consider a virtual fitness class each Wednesday in the morning, at lunch or after work? For instance, each week a team member will select an exercise routine and everyone joins in and follows along. After just 30 minutes, the team has achieved three things: getting fitter, socialising and boosting their wellbeing!
Ultimately, there are many great Wellbeing Wednesday ideas that contribute to employee wellbeing and a wider employee benefits package. However, if you’re not quite sure any of these ideas are suitable for your team, why not take a look at what we do here at Heka?
Access 1000s of wellbeing products, services and experiences this Wednesday
Implementing an employee wellbeing programme alongside a great employee benefits package isn’t easy. Leaders must understand the values of each team member, their interests, lifestyle choices and more. Not only that, but things get tricky when teams grow.
Here at Heka, we’ve made employee wellbeing so much more straightforward for every team in any industry. From therapy sessions, life coaching, personal trainers and healthy meal delivery, Heka members have access to more than one thousand wellbeing products, services and experiences - all at their fingertips!
We love meeting new people here at Heka, so be sure to reach out to one of our wellbeing experts to book a demo. This way, you can find out more about what’s available to your teams and the different ways in which it can benefit them.