Alternative employee wellbeing solutions you may not have thought about before


Hannah Millist

October 16, 2023

Healthy workplaces attract healthy employees! 

Not only that, but employees who believe that their employer genuinely cares about their wellbeing are 69% less likely to look for a new job.

Wellness programmes are now essential for not only attracting top talent but also retaining loyal employees. 

Traditional employee wellness activities are important, but to set your business apart, you should think about unique solutions that fit your goals for hiring and retaining great employees.

However, employee wellbeing covers a lot of areas like physical health, money matters, and mental wellness. So, how can employers create wellness programmes that cover all these different aspects effectively?

In this blog, we will explore some innovative staff wellbeing activities that you may have yet to consider.

1. Customised benefit strategies

One of the key ways to differentiate your company and foster employee wellbeing is by designing customised benefit strategies. 

If you organise employee wellness activities, such as yoga sessions, for example, you may think you are ticking the wellness box. However, cookie-cutter benefits packages are no longer enough to attract and retain top talent. 

Businesses need to tailor their offerings to meet the unique needs and preferences of their employees. 

This may involve conducting surveys or assessments to understand what matters most to your workforce, whether it's the Cycle to Work Scheme, debt advice or flexible work hours. 

Customised benefits demonstrate that you value your employees as individuals and are committed to their wellbeing.

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2. Comprehensive wellness programmes

While traditional wellness programmes are valuable, taking a more holistic approach can set your company apart. 

Implementing comprehensive wellness programmes that include health assessments, mental health support, and lifestyle management can be a game-changer. This is where MyMindPal can make a real difference. 

MyMindPal is an online tool and mobile app designed to help your team manage stress and prevent burnout at work. It can:

  • Personalise exercises to boost relaxation
  • Provide stress management techniques
  • Customise activities
  • Promote relaxation and a positive mindset
  • Track progress
  • Build mental fitness
  • Identify mental health risks
  • Provide personalised support
  • Prevent workplace mental health challenges

As well as MyMindPal, Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) offer accessible mental health support through a digital platform. 

It offers counselling services and promotes team communication, tailoring wellness programs for employees, and focusing on holistic wellbeing. 

The platform covers mental, physical, financial, social, and emotional aspects, enhancing the overall work experience. 

By offering resources and support for managing stress, anxiety, and work-life balance, you can create a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce.

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3. Coach your employees

Too many businesses just throw money at their wellness programmes without really thinking about how to foster long-term change in their employees' lives. 

Wellbeing coaching is a process where individuals work with a coach to address areas negatively affecting their overall wellbeing, including mental, emotional, and physical health.

The goal is to set and achieve realistic wellbeing goals. 

Professional coaches facilitate discussions, helping employees identify challenges, set goals, and develop strategies for improvement. Coaches provide ongoing support and guidance to help individuals stay on track and overcome obstacles.

Investing in a coaching programme, alongside your EAP offerings is a great way to encourage good habits and real lifestyle changes that will benefit your business in the long term. 

4. Invest in popular benefits

Don’t forget the products that employees really like!

Increasingly, gym discounts are being offered by businesses as a way of building an attractive benefit offering. The scheme allows employees to save 15% off their gym membership, helping them meet their physical fitness goals. 

The scheme is highly popular amongst employees and is one of our most popular additional benefits.

5. Advanced benefits

Finally, to truly stand out and attract top talent, consider offering advanced benefits that go beyond the basics. 

Financial wellness programs, for instance, can help employees achieve financial stability and peace of mind. 

This can include financial education and even assistance with debt management. 

By helping your employees manage their financial lives, you can alleviate a significant source of stress and distraction, allowing them to focus more on their work.

Embrace a Holistic Approach to Wellness

While traditional staff wellbeing activities remain important, thinking outside the box and implementing alternative solutions can help your business stand out in a competitive market. 

By investing in employee wellness activities, you not only enhance their job satisfaction but also position your company as an employer of choice in the talent marketplace. 

To achieve these goals, expert guidance from Bravo Benefits can help assist in designing and implementing these innovative strategies.