re: How does your workplace approach Health and Wellness? VIEW POST

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An onsite gym or gym membership?
We get a contribution towards a gym, but it's not a gym anyone wants to use so I don't think it gets a lot of takers.

cycle to work scheme where the subsidise the cost of the bike?
I don't think so. We have bike racks in the car park though.

health, life, travel insurance?
We might get some health insurance, I'm really not sure. It's not a big deal in the UK since we have the NHS anyway.

ergonomic workstations?
We have periodic inspections and checks where people come around ans assess our workstation setup, and we can get customised chairs and so on if we need them, but the only person who has had anything I think is one of the big bosses who has a standing desk.

healthy snacks and lunches?
We have a vending machine that only dispenses "healthy" snacks, but by that I mean things that are fad-healthy, like raw cacao or "organic" chocolate.

financial advice or planning sessions?
Not that I'm aware of

social clubs and activities for teams?
Not that I'm aware of

opportunities to work from home or flexitime?
Yes and no. This is very much dependant on circumstances.

a day each year to give back to the community with a volunteer day?
No

access to counselling for you or your family?
Not that I'm aware of

Those in your list out the way, we do have some other things, like

  • We get our birthdays off as a free holiday
  • Irregularities like a "wellness week" earlier this year where we had a gym session and different healthy breakfasts every day. Same value of "healthy" of course.
  • Fortnightly yoga classes

That sort of stuff.

 

healthy snacks and lunches?
We have a vending machine that only dispenses "healthy" snacks, but by that I mean things that are fad-healthy, like raw cacao or "organic" chocolate.

They tried that with us, until signs were put up on the vending machine saying that engineers run on Dew and Monster :P The vender switched to half and half and likely gets much more money from us now.

 

We have free fizzy drinks/soda in a vending machine. The facilities team revealed how many cans we go through in a year. It was pretty scary but if it keeps people going it’s a worthwhile perk

We have a similar thing going on where we work. I think it might be a short-term gain but for a long-term pain. I've told myself that I will stop drinking carbonated drinks at work because of the potential long-term health issues (weight gain, diabetes, etc.).

Every time I try to cut out pop, I never figure out how to replace the calories (at least some of them) with not-pop, so I end up ravenous and give up within a week. It's like my body is too trained after 20 odd years of Mountain Dew and Cherry Coke.

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