The spread of Covid-19 has disrupted how we live our daily lives. It changed the way we live by restricting the type of events we can attend. During pre-Covid times, going to events and socializing is one way to relax and destress from work.
Today, however, to curb the transmission of Covid-19, we have to adhere to the minimum health standards like social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing. These health standards make it challenging to practice self-care and wellness. And that’s one reason why employee burnout is more common now that we are experiencing a pandemic.
As an employer, you can support your employees during this pandemic by encouraging them to attend virtual wellness events where not only can they socialize to let off steam, they’ll also be doing it in the safety of their homes. Here are some virtual wellness events ideas so you and your employees can remain productive even during these trying times.
Virtual Fitness Challenges and Classes
Physical exercise helps in releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Hosting virtual fitness challenges and classes will encourage your remote team to do exercise. Exercising as a team will be more fun and motivating than doing it all by yourself.
Create an engaging fitness class with challenges by making it fun and casual for everyone. That way, it will encourage even the most hesitant employee to join. You can invite fitness coaches to host the class or choose randomly from among your employees. Announce the results of the fitness challenges in a virtual meeting and then celebrate as a team afterward.
Healthy Snack Packages
Encourage your remote employees to munch on healthy snacks while working instead of the usual junk food that employees typically gravitate to. You can do it by sending them healthy snack packages so that healthy food options will be within their reach.
This idea can also be an incentive for your hardworking employees, where they’ll feel cared for by their company. You can send it to them before a virtual meeting so you and your team can munch on something healthy while brainstorming or having a discussion.
Virtual Healthy Cooking Class
Invite a chef to host a cooking class that will help your employees learn healthy recipes. You can also invite your employees to share their healthy recipes with the rest of the team.
Now that most of us are staying indoors and usually cooking our meals, cooking classes can be a healthy distraction to your employees and help them learn how to cook healthy food at the same time.
Online Meditation Sessions
Take care of your employees’ mental health wellness by hosting online meditation sessions. Meditation has been known to reduce stress and anxiety, which are significantly higher now that we are experiencing a pandemic.
Offering online meditation sessions for your employees will also make them feel that they are in a workplace that prioritizes mental health and the overall health of its employees.
Online “Bring Your Pet to Work” Day
Pets immediately brighten our day, as seen on viral pet videos circulating on social media. Invite interested employees to participate in this event by showing off their pets to the rest of the team. You can host an online event like this for a few minutes once a week.
You can also create a group chat where your employees can post cute and funny pet or animal videos and photos to uplift the mood.
There are plenty of ways to socialize remotely in a creative way. It will be most beneficial to your employees who feel burnt out from work but don’t have any means to recuperate from work-related stress due to the restrictions brought about by the pandemic. By hosting virtual social gatherings like these, not only will your employees have fun but will encourage camaraderie in your team as well.
Want to know more ways on how to take care of your employees, especially during the pandemic? Well Health Works has plenty of programs to promote wellness in your workplace. Get in touch with us today at 833-935-9355 or by reaching us through our contact form. You can also visit us at 2115 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL, 33713.