Statistically speaking, you’re probably a millennial. This isn’t just a wild guess. It’s a statistical probability. Right now millennials are the largest group in the US workforce and will soon make up 75% of the global workforce.
Even if you’re a member of this generation, creating a wellness plan they’ll be enthusiastic about might feel overwhelming, but don’t be intimidated. The trick is making them feel comfortable. Like every generation, they’ve settled on their own way of doing things, and what they love is convenience, technology, and social interaction. Here’s how you can add these elements to your wellness offerings.
Make Wellness Convenient
Millennials expect a culture of wellness in the workplace. They agree that “living or working in a healthy environment” influences their personal health. So bring your wellness offerings into the office whenever possible. Forty-five percent say they’re more likely to participate in health and wellness programs if they’re easy to do or convenient.
Consider implementing onsite group fitness events or health and relaxation programs like yoga, massage therapy, or Zumba classes. Shaking up the routine by adding stability balls or treadmill desks can promote good health and have a positive impact on productivity as well.
When it comes to eating, millennials tend to prefer more wholesome foods and seek out health-focused stores and restaurants. Addressing this by starting an in-office wellness marketplace to provide locally-grown foods, encourage better nutrition, and offer a special change in daily routine.
Along with healthy activities and food, health experts can be brought in. An HRA (health risk assessment) is a convenient way to get key wellness information. A simple in-office screening can be the most practical option. It can encourage healthy lifestyle choices, get employees to think about their own health and wellness, and aid in the implementation of incentive programs.
Offer a Variety of Choices
Millennials tend to go for more modern fitness options as opposed to the usual elliptical trainer routine. Alternatives like hot yoga, spinning, or CrossFit are more to their taste. Offering a variety of options lets employees of any generation find a way to get fitness into their schedule. Consider offering an option like Gympass, which gives employees the chance to find new activities to love, whether its weight lifting, Pilates, indoor cycling or even dancing.
Put Wellness Within Arm’s Reach
Millennials love smartphones. Research shows that apps can play a significant role in improving both physical and mental well-being. Apps like Ginger.io offer emotional support services, and meditation apps like Headspace or Calm, can guide employees toward mindfulness to help manage anxiety.
For physical support, fitness wearables provide a simple and enjoyable way to keep millennials engaged in physical activities. Options like Fitbit’s Versa help track changes in their health, monitor progress, and give employees a way to compete and share their accomplishments via you guessed it, a smartphone app. Wearables also help employees set and track goals, like walking 10,000 steps a day or never sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Make Wellness a Social Activity
Of all generations, millennials are the most likely to partake in “friendly competitions.” This can be anything from video games to an office ping pong tournament or fitness challenges. You may want to add game mechanics to motivate and engage millennials through fitness challenges or by providing access to social web platforms where they can team up or initiate their own mini-challenges.
The US-based tech company Cummins holds companywide competitions called the Champions’ Challenge. Any employee who participates in their wellness programme is invited to join. They’re given a series of challenges and earn points with everyone they complete. These points can then be used as entries in prize drawings. Cummins reports that by adding this gamification aspect to their wellness programme, they have successfully enrolled approximately 73% of their employees to participate.
Closely related to gamification is the social aspect of a wellness programme. Social relationships can be very influential to our health. Studies confirm that working out with a partner can significantly boost time spent exercising. On top of this, a team format both improved performance and doubled workout time when compared to solo workouts.
The bottom line
Ready to get started? Here’s what to remember:
- Make your wellness offerings as convenient as possible. Either bring options into the office, or give employees ways to easily fit wellness into their schedule
- Millennials and smart devices are a match made in heaven. Whenever possible, give them access to apps or devices that can encourage better well-being
- Add a little competition to your wellness programme. Millennials love friendly competition