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November 12, 2021 Amelia Wilcox

4 Wellness Program Ideas HR Leaders Swear By

We asked 4 corporate wellness program leaders what has been most effective in promoting wellness at their organizations. Their best wellness program ideas included tech trends, races, and donations for a good cause. The most common theme? A little friendly competition.

1. Get Everyone on Board

Getting everyone in the organization involved in the wellness program can create great results. At Entrata, Brandon Fish, VP of HR, has seen the most success with big activities such as a company-wide 5k race, a private talk with fitness experts, gym memberships, and regular in-house chair massage.

Employees are also wanting access to mental health services that help them improve their overall well-being. Some common mental health services include:

  • Counseling
  • Life coaching
  • Nutrition and fitness coaching

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2. Shed Pounds for a Good Cause

A yearly company-wide fitness competition can do more than create healthier employees. By tying the fitness competition into the community, Clearlink employees can do good for more than just their health. For each positive pound of change (fat lost or muscle gained), Clearlink donates $10 to the local food bank. 

The buck doesn’t just stop there. Cammie Cable, VP of HR at Clearlink recently sent one hard-working (and hard sweating) employee on a trip to Mexico after they won the yearly fitness competition. Getting fit for charity is an excellent way for employees to do something for themselves AND give back to the community. 

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3. Create Visual Cues

For some organizations, keeping track of fitness competitions where everyone can see them is the best motivator. Diana Hasselfeld, Nurse Practitioner at Varian Medical Systems, has seen the best results by tracking data on a bulletin board and providing rewards based on improvements. It’s a great way to create a little healthy competition in the office and get people on board with your initiatives.

This type of tracking system can be geared toward every type of employee in your company, whether they’re seasoned fitness enthusiasts or casual walkers. 

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4. Tech Tricks

Everyone loves a new gadget – especially if it’s free. HR Director Randy Rassmusse at Nelson Laboratories has seen great success with their recent Fit Bit challenge. Each employee received a free base model Fit Bit (or a higher model for a discount).

It’s a cinch to create contests based on easily trackable data, which can significantly improve your employee participation. 

Take it to the next level by providing employees a mental health platform that they can access on the go!

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Getting creative with your wellness program is crucial because each company has a different culture and a different set of needs. Try a few things and see what works best for you!


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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati (formerly Zenovate) a leader in corporate massage since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company who’s platform provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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