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June 19, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

200+ Workplace Wellness Ideas

There’s no shortage of workplace wellness ideas to be found online. Wellness directors and benefits managers shouldn’t have to slog through the terrible ideas to find the good ones. So we’ve done a little digging for you.

We’ve collected a few of the best lists of workplace wellness ideas we could find. They cover everything from nutrition, stress management, and some new wellness ideas you haven’t heard yet.

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121 Workplace Wellness Ideas from SnackNation

SnackNation provides companies with boxes of healthy snacks for employees on a regular subscription basis. SnackNation’s impressive list of workplace wellness ideas is organized into categories:

  • Nutrition and general health
  • Productivity
  • Fitness and physical activity
  • Challenges and contests
  • Rejuvenation
  • Cool perks and just for fun
  • Mental health and personal growth

In addition to great nutrition, diet, and snacking ideas (as would be expected), SnackNation suggests trying out standing desks, offering work-from-home days, and hosting an employee field day.

Also making the list are paid volunteered days, and of course, we can’t overlook item #83 – office massage (our favorite!)

Related: Proven Ways to Boost Employee Morale: Why Office Massage Delivers


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Moda’s 101 Workplace Wellness Ideas

This massive list from Moda Health includes some really great stuff I haven’t seen anywhere else. Like SnackNation, this list is broken down into sections according to topic:

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Tobacco
  • Program support

Each section includes workplace wellness ideas that cover a range of abilities and interests. Some of the best items  on this list are found in the Program Support section.

Ideas such as taking a stretch-break in the middle of a meeting are great ways to include upper management in wellness initiatives. Too often, companies roll out a employee assistance program and expect employees to pick it up without any encouraging or modeling behavior from upper levels.

Other favorites from Moda’s list include holding an employee health fair, starting walking groups at lunch, and offering on-site smoking cessation programs.


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US News & World Report’s Workplace Wellness Ideas

US News & World Report gives a critical look at typical workplace wellness programs, citing a RAND study that shows no net savings resulting from some typical wellness program initiatives.

Instead, they provide 8 ideas that could have a more guaranteed return.

Interestingly, 3 of the 8 suggestions focus on sick time or employee illness. These ideas revolve around making it easy for sick employees to stay away from work.

No required doctor’s notes and no guilt trips means fewer sick employees around to spread illness around the office.

Other gems on this list include another nod to healthy snacks, making sure employees take much-needed vacations, and getting rid of weight-loss competitions.

Related: Employee Perks and Benefits for the Whole Family


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Workplace Wellness Ideas from Nivati, formerly Incorporate Massage

We’ve written our fair share of workplace wellness ideas ourselves, everything from incentive ideas, tips on starting a program, and how to encourage employee participation. Here are some of our favorites:



Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company 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)