Thank you WWCMA Member and Communications Committee Volunteer Colleen Caruso for these great ideas!
One way to support a culture of wellness in your organization is to offer perks and discounts that can help your employees choose a healthier lifestyle. Here are some discounts and perks that may work for your organization. Please share your ideas in the comments below.
• Boston Organics - Offer employees a healthy snack option by having fresh fruit delivered to your office. Boston Organics delivers in Boston and the surrounding cities and towns.
• Hubway - Hubway is a bike sharing system that provides more than 1,300 bikes at 140 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Companies in this area can support the health of employees as well as their “green” initiatives by offering the benefit of discounted memberships to Hubway.
• Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - Some local farms will deliver fruits and vegetables to organizations whose employees sign up for their CSA. Farms may also be willing to set up a farmers’ market for the employers in your area.
• JP Morgan Corporate Challenge - Sponsor a company team for this annual race in June in Boston. The race is sold out this year, but you can get on the list to form a team next year. If your company supports a certain charity, you could also form a corporate team for their local run or walk. Event calendars are available on sites such as Cool Running, New England Runner and Boston.com.
• Gym discounts - Many area gyms will offer discounted rates to employees at your company if a certain number of employees join or if your company agrees to subsidize a portion of the membership.
• Health plans - Promote the discounts offered by your health plans. Many employees are not aware of the cost savings that are available to them.
• On-site fitness classes - Many area fitness instructors are willing to conduct on-site yoga, bootcamp and other fitness classes for your office if there is enough interest.
• On-site massage - Local gyms, massage therapists, and wellness staffing companies can also send a massage therapist to your organization to offer seated massage to employees.
• Financial Education - Support employees’ financial health and relieve stress with financial seminars. Many 401(k) administrators, advisors, and community banks will offer on-site seminars on financial topics such as investing, budgeting, saving for college, and buying a home.
• Volunteer days - Partner with an organization such as Boston Cares to sponsor a company event or allow employees to take a day off to volunteer for an organization of their choice.
• Caregiving resources and backup childcare - Relieve stress and improve productivity by offering assistance finding childcare through organizations such as Care.com or Bright Horizons.
Do you offer another wellness-related perk or discount to employees that has worked well for your organization? We would love to hear your ideas - post them below!