8 Simple Wellness Initiative Ideas for Smaller Companies

By Mark Bailey, Jr. | April 26, 2017

Our team on a daily wellness walk around our building.

Many smaller companies do not have the resources to create complex wellness programs — and that’s OK. You can still make a positive difference in the lives of your employees without having a ginormous budget.

Targeting wellness is important for smaller companies because a successful wellness program can improve employee morale, increase productivity, improve well-being, reduce absenteeism, and help you retain and attract great employees.

The following are some ideas for low-cost wellness initiatives that you can put into action this week (because there’s no time like the present!):

  • Ask a local hospital, nonprofit or other health care organization to provide presentations to your employees on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Ask your health insurance carrier if they offer free health risk assessments.
  • Create a wellness committee consisting of employees at various levels and in different departments to lead your wellness efforts. Start with simple activities, such as healthy eating days and lunchtime walks. For example, we take a wellness walk every day at 3 PM and our team really looks forward to them.

The Bailey Group team taking a "wellness walk" around our building with their dogs.

  • Encourage employees to go outside during lunch or during their breaks for a quick run or walk. Encourage them to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.
  • Offer on-site flu shots for free or at a reduced cost.
  • Provide healthier vending machine choices.
  • Make your workplace smoke-free. This isn’t as difficult as you might think. We hosted this webinar back in 2014 that goes into detail on the benefits of a tobacco-free workplace and how you can institute one within your company.
  • Provide educational materials on the benefits of eating well, exercising, not smoking and other healthy lifestyle changes.

Mark Bailey, Jr.

Mark Bailey, Jr. is responsible for all things Marketing at The Bailey Group. He is an avid Jacksonville Jaguars fan and loves to spend his free time learning new ways to use technology to automate tasks and processes to get more done.

Mark Bailey, Jr. is responsible for all things Marketing at The Bailey Group. He is an avid Jacksonville Jaguars fan and loves to spend his free time learning new ways to use technology to automate tasks and processes to get more done.

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© 2017 MFB Financial, Inc. dba The Bailey Group | All Rights Reserved. The information on our blog is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Some policies may have exclusions and limitations. For costs and complete details of coverage, call or write the insurance agent. The amount of benefits and premium will vary depending upon the plan selected.

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1200 Plantation Island Dr S #210 | St. Augustine, FL 32080

© 2017 MFB Financial, Inc. dba The Bailey Group | All Rights Reserved. The information on our blog is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Some policies may have exclusions and limitations. For costs and complete details of coverage, call or write the insurance agent. The amount of benefits and premium will vary depending upon the plan selected.

Mark F. Bailey, CLU®, Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency. 7880 Gate Parkway, #200, Jacksonville, FL 32256; Phone: 904-997-3000 Mark F. Bailey, CLU® is an agent licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance Company and may be licensed to sell insurance through various other independent unaffiliated insurance companies. The Bailey Group is independently owned and operated from NYLIFE Securities LLC and its affiliates.