You do better when you feel better.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce Lemonly’s Wellness Task Force, or WTF. You’ve heard of our legendary Party Planning Committee, modeled after its Dunder Mifflin namesake. WTF is a new incarnation of that same mission—to add team bonding, learning experiences, and a little bit of fun to our workplace. (And yes, the content team insisted on calling it the WTF.)
Employee wellness matters. Everyone talks about work-life balance, but that’s just not realistic in today’s world. You need work-life harmony.
Your work is part of your life, and all facets of your wellness affect both your work and life.
And it’s not just about nutrition and exercise. We created the WTF to plan activities and events that emphasize holistic wellness across all areas of the “Wellness Wheel”––physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, social, occupational, intellectual, and financial.
WTF initiatives give the whole team ways to manage stress, develop healthy habits, and challenge ourselves both individually and as a group. We get to have a little break from our everyday routines while participating in activities that support our work by supporting our wellness.
What kind of activities, you ask? We’ve got the rundown here, and check out the end of the post to see how you can easily put together your own office WTF.
Participating Lemonheads tracked different metrics, winning prizes, “badges”, and/or bragging rights.
Sleep. Sleeping more? I could win that challenge with my eyes closed. (I’m so sorry.)
Screen time. Visual Designer Molly absolutely crushed it, averaging a mere 11.5 minutes of phone time per day over two weeks. (We didn’t count computer screen time. Our clients probably appreciated that.)
Water. Drink water! But like, a healthy amount of water. It turns out you can drink too much water. We did the research.
Steps. We added a few classic Lemonly Block Walks to up our step game.
Fruits and veggies. Basically this.
WTF provides a monthly breakfast for everyone in the office and sends the remotes a little stipend to get their own healthy start to the day. Some WTF breakfast favorites:
- Oatmeal bar
- Toast bar
- Egg bake
- Parfait bar
- Kodiak cakes
- Breakfast sandwiches
To get the bodies moving, the WTF set up a couple of lunchtime yoga sessions at a dance studio down the block from HQ. Several Lemonheads also participated in the Avera Race Against Cancer 5k/walk, with Lemonly covering the registration cost. More recently, we’ve started (optional) group stretches after the weekly All-Call team meeting on Monday mornings.
If you’ve never tried singing bowl meditation, we can’t recommend it highly enough. We organized some lunch hour trips over to the free weekly Tibetan Temple Sounds at the Avera Cancer Institute, and we also had a session right in the office during our Zen Week.
Pre-Holidays Zen Week
- Aforementioned singing bowl meditation
- Essential oil diffusers
- 15-minute massages
- Presentation from Lemonly mental health care benefits partner
- Visit from rescue puppies
How to create your own WTF
How many people should be involved? We have a group of three with help from Emily, our amazing office coordinator.
What’s your budget? It doesn’t have to be huge! Our budget was mainly used for breakfast supplies, some small prizes for challenge winners, and a few bigger activities like massages or yoga courses.
How often do you want events? We shoot for one program or activity per month in addition to our regular monthly breakfast.
Work with your team to identify wellness challenges that are important to you. Remember, wellness is more than physical activity. Look at the Wellness Wheel and brainstorm activities that can address different areas of wellness.
Think about a mix of passive and active programming. Some initiatives like challenges and stretching don’t require much planning, while others like lunchtime yoga might take more time and effort for planners and participants.
Get feedback and refine your approach. After the first year of our WTF, the full team filled out a survey that asked them to rank different types of wellness as well as give feedback on the events and programs they’d done so far.
Don’t forget your internal communications. – How you spread the word about your WTF events and programs speak volumes to your team about their purpose and importance. A piece of paper on the break room fridge that says “Tibetan Temple Sounds at noon” won’t get the same reaction as something with a little more personality.
We know a thing or two about internal communications with personality. Learn more about that here, and be sure to let us know if you come up with your own WTF!