December 20, 2021 Amelia Wilcox

Twelve Months of Wellness: How HR Leaders Can Support Employees all Year

Tips for HR teams to support employee mental health and wellness all year

Make 2022 great by celebrating the twelve months of wellness! In this blog post, HR leaders will find many ways to support employees all year round.

We know you have a busy year ahead, full of hard work, achieving goals, and celebrating your employees. These twelve months of wellness tips will help you plan out special occasions and employee wellbeing initiatives throughout the year.

From special occasions such as Employee Appreciation Day and National Boss’s Day to the lesser-known Pizza Party Day, and all the important HR dates and deadlines in between, we’re here to make sure you never miss an opportunity to recognize your team with our 2022 twelve months of wellness calendar.

So that you don’t miss a single celebration, we’ve created a calendar you can add to your Google account. 

January

Did you know that January is National Thank You Month? What a fantastic opportunity to appreciate your staff at the beginning of a busy year. 

Here are some morale-boosting, memorable event ideas to thank your employees:

  • Hosting a catered staff lunch
  • A local outing to a sports or music event
  • Hold in-office massages
  • Meditate together as a team (virtually or in-person)

Dates to celebrate in January:

  • January 28: Have Fun at Work Day

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • January 1: Marketplace health insurance coverage kicks in for 2022
  • January 24: Pay a Compliment Day
  • January 31: Tax season begins
  • January 31: Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return Form 941 is due 
  • January 31: Distribute W-2 & 1099-MISC forms 

February

Spread the love during Valentine’s Day on February 14, but don’t forget to also recognize Heart Health Month!

One way to keep your employees healthy and happy is with wellness fairs. By bringing healthcare into the office, you’ll assure that your staff is well cared for. A massage booth is a wonderful addition to your fair (or even just a typical workday). Did you know massages have been proven to lower blood pressure?

If your company is still embracing virtual work, give your employees coupons or vouchers for a massage near them.

Massage therapist gives massage to an employee

Dates to keep in mind:

  • February 14-18: Random Acts of Kindness Week

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • February 15: Due dates for Form 1099-MISC with only boxes 8 & 10 sent to the recipient
  • February 15: OSHA 300 and 300A Forms must be posted between February 1 and April 30
  • February 28: Deadline to file Form 1094-C, 1095-C, & 1099- MISC without NEC to IRS if paper filing

March

Employee Appreciation Day is March 4 this year! Make sure your team knows how much you appreciate their hard work and effort all year long on this day.

You can also celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week from March 13 to 19. Getting enough sleep allows employees to be as focused as possible throughout their workday. In fact, in a recent study, lack of sleep resulted in “significantly worse productivity, performance, and safety outcomes” and created an estimated $1,967 loss in productivity per worker!

One way to help your workers achieve a better night of rest (and ultimately protect your company from monetary losses) is to bring in a massage therapist since massage improves sleep. You can also get a mental health program for your team that includes sleep audio tracks.

We’re big believers in taking breaks, taking walks, in-office meditation stations, or getting relaxing massages to refresh your workers while on the job. Encourage them to do all these things on Stress Awareness Day. If you’re feeling extra generous, give your employees the day off.

Other days to celebrate your employees:

  • March 2: Electronically submit OSHA Form 300A for 2021
  • March 4: National Employee Appreciation Day
  • March 8: International Women’s Day 
  • March 13-19: National Sleep Awareness Week
  • March 24: Stress Awareness Day
  • March 30: Doctors Day – here are some ideas on how to celebrate!

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • March 15: S-Corp (Form 1102-S) and partnership (Form 1065) tax returns are due 
  • March 31: Deadline to file Form 1094-C & 1095-C & 1099- MISC without NEC to IRS if electronic filing
  • March 31: Form 1099-MISC due if reporting NEC in box 7; deadline to file form 1099s electronically

April

National High Five Day is April 16. We know you want to remember to high-five your fantastic staff for a job well done, but even more importantly, commit to stress reduction in the office.

April also celebrates Administrative Professionals Day on the 22nd. Since admin keep offices organized and running smoothly, they deserve an entire day to be celebrated. A culture of validation and acknowledgment can raise morale and make your employees feel seen and appreciated. Now we might be a little biased, but who wouldn’t love to start an office tradition of celebrating Admin Appreciation Day with chair massages for the whole team? That’s the sort of celebration that will make your staff feel amazing all year long.

Other dates to remember to recognize your team:

    • April 4-10: Public Health Week 
    • April 7: World Health Day
    • April 12: Library Workers Day
    • April 22: Earth Day (here are some ways to celebrate Earth Day at your company)
    • April 27: Admin Professionals Day
    • April 28: World Day for Safety and Health at Work 

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

    • April 15: Tax Day! The deadline to submit individual tax returns
    • April 30: Form 941 is due

May

May is Employee Health and Fitness Month, giving employers a chance to focus on the wellness of their dedicated and hardworking teams. 

During Mental Health Awareness Week, encourage your employees to try one of these self-care tips every day.

May is also a month that celebrates nurses and teachers with a whole week for each. From May 2 to 6, recognize the excellent teachers in your life, then between May 6 and 12, it’s National Nurse Week

Other dates to celebrate:

  • May 2-8: Screen-Free Week (TV-Turnoff Week)
  • May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6-12: Nurses Appreciation Week 
  • May 9-15: National Hospital Week
  • May 10-15: Mental Health Awareness Week
  • May 11: Receptionist Day
  • May 20: Pizza Party Day
  • May 21: Armed Forces Day

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • May 15: Non-profit taxes are due

June

We’re nearly halfway through the twelve months of wellness!

Amid summertime, don’t forget to celebrate June 13 – Family Health and Fitness Day – and from June 22 to 26, it’s World Wellbeing Week. Demonstrate to your office that you genuinely care about their holistic wellbeing by taking care of their families too!

In organizations where employees do not view their leadership as committed to their wellbeing, only 17% would recommend them as an excellent place to work, so it’s imperative to make sure your staff knows you’re committed to their health and happiness. 

This is a great month to launch a mental health program for your team! Here is a blog post to help you get started: Your Guide to the EAP Implementation and Search Process.

  • Men’s Health Month
  • June 11: Family Health & Fitness Day
  • June 21-25: World Wellbeing Week

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • June 30: End of Q2

A massage therapist gives an corporate chair massage to an employee

July

In July you can celebrate Everybody Deserves a Massage Week! This is a great time to gift your employees chair massages. July is also a common month for summer vacations.

Encourage your people to take that time off completely by leaving their laptops at home. This will help them recharge properly and be ready to get back at it when they return.

  • July 17 to 23: Everybody Deserves a Massage Week

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • July 31: File form 941, employer’s quarterly tax return

August

August is National Wellness Month! A whole month to focus on self-care, managing stress, and creating healthy routines. Promote healthy habits throughout your office this month to develop a culture of wellness. Research has shown that employees with strong overall wellbeing are 32 percent more likely to stay with a company, so it pays off to make sure your staff is taking care of themselves. 

Dates to celebrate your staff in August:

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • None. Take a breather!

September

This fall, we want to make sure your team is aware of Pain Awareness Month. Office life can be tough on employees’ bodies; computer work takes a toll on low backs, with 80 percent of Americans reporting back pain and repetitive movement injuries causing staff to take time off work.

Take this month to address the pain your team might be experiencing and move towards alleviating it! Ergonomic assessments, office wellness benefits, and massage programs can go a long way towards helping workplace-induced pain, with recipients reporting a 48 percent reduction in lower back pain and tension after being treated with a 15 to 20-minute massage.

Days to appreciate your staff in September:

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • September 30: End of Q3

Employees working hard at their computers

October

In October, celebrate your front line! Customer Service Appreciation Week, from October 3 to 7, focuses on appreciating the face of your company. Since they’re often the first person at your company a new client interacts with, it’s worth making sure your customer service team is happy so that their positive attitude translates into customer interactions.

Be sure also to celebrate Boss Appreciation Day! Set your leadership team up with 30-minute massages to commemorate the occasion, and next thing you know, they’ll be looking into massage for the whole office.

Dates to remember in October:

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • None

November

November is always a busy time of year, no matter your industry. With the end of the year looming and Black Friday booming, take time to treat your staff, relieve their holiday stress, and remind them of all they have to be thankful for.

Dates to recognize your team in November:

  • November 13: World Kindness Day

Other helpful dates for HR professionals:

  • November 1: 2021 Marketplace health insurance plans are open for enrollment, and Form 941 due

December

Make the season merry and bright for your employees! This time of year is so much fun, whatever holiday you celebrate, but it also brings additional stress and challenges to work-life balance. Plan a festive party for the holidays, and get a massage therapist into the mix to create a truly relaxing environment. Check out this blog post on planning a massage event for the holidays.

We hope these twelve months of wellness tips are helpful as you plan your mental health and wellbeing initiatives for 2022.

Helpful dates for HR professionals:

December 31: Open enrollment period ends for 2023 marketplace health insurance plans

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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.

Awards
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

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

Publications
Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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