Challenge Your Employees to Improve Their Health

Zach Micklea

| 2 min read

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As an employer, you can encourage your employees to embrace healthy lifestyle behaviors. One way to do this is with well-being challenges. You can create well-being challenges around fitness, gratitude, mindfulness, nutrition or drinking water. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time.

Example: Healthy Selfie Challenge

  • Encourage your team to take a picture of themselves doing something healthy – eating a healthy meal, running, meditating, etc.
  • Gather all the pictures and share on the intranet, in a company newsletter, or in your well-being communications.
  • You can also have a vote on the pictures and give a token gift to the winner.
You can determine the success of the program by challenging your staff to have at least a certain percentage of employees participate. If you are worried about engagement, here are some ideas to grow participation:
  • Start challenges on a smaller scale. Maybe start with individual departments.
  • Get leadership to participate in the challenge.
  • Talk to leaders, find out what is important to them and ask others to participate.
Learn more about ideas for well-being challenges you can set up and run in your office in this Blue Cross® Virtual Well-Being webinar. During the webinar, experts discuss how a little competition can be good for your staff’s health. Starting in February 2021, we will conduct a series on challenges where you will receive four off-the-shelf challenges you can run with your team. You can also sign up for future employer-focused and general interest webinars here, where you’ll also find past sessions and resources. Related:
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