March 3, 2020 Casie Fox

Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Healthy Ways

Employee Appreciation Day is this week, on March 6, 2020! We know you want to celebrate your staff’s year-long efforts, but it can feel like all the options for doing so aren’t great for office health. Donuts, cake and pizza parties, are typical appreciation day fare, but is that really the best way to show your staff you care? Read on for 5 healthier ways to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this year. 


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Why celebrate Employee Appreciation Day the healthy way?

A little bit of appreciation goes a long way! Recognizing your staff’s efforts can make a huge impact on their happiness at work. In fact, studies have shown that feeling appreciated increases office morale and employee retention. However, unhealthy treats and indulgences at office parties can counteract that positivity. 

An unhealthy workforce costs the nation $2.2 trillion a year according to the Global Wellness Institute. Furthermore, 76% of the workforce is struggling with their physical well being, and 38% suffer from excessive pressure on the job. With so many health issues in the workplace, why not let your celebratory day be part of the solution! That’s why we suggest recognizing your staff with these fun and health-promoting ideas.

5. Support your staff’s mental health

A recent study showed that 70% of the workforce wants a greater focus on mental health and well-being! What better way to give your staff what they want, then by celebrating Employee Appreciation Day with stress-busting, mental health boosting activities. Offering a meditation practice is one great option. Another idea is a stress management lunch and learn class. Stress is a huge issue when it comes to workplace well being, so teaching your staff how to manage their stress levels is a gift that will keep on giving!  

4. Offer a healthy cooking class

Rather than an unhealthy lunch, consider hosting a fresh and fun lunchtime activity! Nutrition plays a huge role in focus and productivity. In fact, the World Health Organization says that adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20%! Therefore, introducing your staff to healthier options is a great way to celebrate them on Employee Appreciation Day, while also bringing better habits into their life–a long lasting bonus!

3. Sponsor a fitness class at lunchtime

Sponsoring a fitness class such as yoga, dance, martial arts, or spin at a nearby studio lets your staff take time away from their desks and gets them moving! Research shows that exercise can boost employee concentration on work by 21%, and result in an awesome 41% more motivation. This makes fitness a wonderful contribution to workplace health, plus it’s a fun activity for everyone to enjoy. 

2. Give the gift of experiences

Treat your team to a bonus with lasting memories! Recognize staff that has done exceptional work this year with the gift of an experience. Some ideas? A boating trip for two, a painting class, a month membership at a local fitness studio, or amusement park tickets for them and their family will all give your staff an unforgettable experience, while also spending time with loved ones, moving their bodies, and relieving stress so they return to work happier and healthier!

1. Host an in-office massage event

We might be a little biased, but our favorite way to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day is with massage! Workplace massage has been shown to have many benefits for improving employee health and happiness (in just 15-20 minute in-office massages!). That’s why we think it’s a great way to celebrate your team.

Our self-service booking system makes it easy to schedule a massage event at your workplace. And to make it even more simple, we walk you through all the steps of setting up a massage event for Employee Appreciation Day here. 


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