Innovation! It’s a word that has been used a lot recently in the business world; but, here at IBX, we are looking at different ways to improve to be the best we can for our employees and the community. Earlier this year, I lead an innovation challenge with a team where we were tasked to come up with ideas that would help employees reach their health and wellness goals.
There were SO many new and different ideas about how to help employees accomplish their goals, I thought I’d share with you in case you’re looking for some inspiration.
Healthy Innovative idea #1: Just find one thing.One person on the innovation team suggested each employee find one small healthy change to focus on. When we were talking with people about why they weren’t necessarily interested in starting or sustaining a healthy lifestyle, many viewed the thought of working out daily and cooking healthy meals to be daunting or too difficult. The idea of doing one thing is designed to help employees recognize that small changes can make a big difference over time.
For example, did you know you use 200 muscles just to take one step? What if you took two flights of stairs every day instead of the elevator?
Healthy Innovative idea #2: Make it fun.Another amazing idea revolved around a competition. In our research, we found that many people enjoy participating in friendly competitions. The idea that followed involved creating weekly challenges — such as walking more or eating more fruits and vegetables — between colleagues or departments. In my area, we started having team walks during lunch and would bring in fruit baskets for employees on the floor. Emails with inspiration and motivation were passed daily, and teams got really excited. It was so easy to get started and I even created a mini challenge with my friends outside of work.
Leading this challenge and following through with the ideas has been a refreshing way for me to be an advocate for a balanced healthy life. I believe so strongly that everyone should do what they can to be healthy and happy. Maybe you could even encourage your company to conduct a similar challenge to promote healthy living!
So tell me, if you could do one thing every day for your health, what would it be?