Category: Wellbeing

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Employee Wellness Program Ideas That Work

Employee wellness programs are becoming commonplace in todays work world. Companies are taking responsibility for their employees wellness, connecting the dots between their employees health, their happiness at work and profitability. But, in a world of wellness programs with free gym memberships and on-site personal trainers, what actually works?

Here’s a look at 3 companies with incredible employee wellness programs that make wellness fun, normal and well-rounded. Be inspired by these employee wellness program ideas that work.

Making Wellness Fun

Zappos, an online retailer, does more than just sell fabulous clothing, footwear and accessories. The company has received praise for it’s innovative corporate wellness initiatives. While many companies offer gym memberships and support employees in traditional “workout” activities, Zappos focuses on making wellness fun. The wellness coordinator takes small groups of employees on “wellness adventures,” offsite activities that get employees moving and having fun. Past “wellness adventures” have included taking a group sports lesson, playing laser tag and jumping on a trampoline.

Remember racing out the door for recess in elementary school? Everyone wanted to be the first in line to check out their basketballs or jump ropes. Zappos holds “Recess Tuesdays” every week to help employees stay active. Employees can wander onto the company’s plaza and find all kinds of playground toys!

Making Wellness Normal

To employees a Limeade, a tech company focused on employee engagement, wellness is, well, normal. All employees get a FitBit fitness tracker on their first day so they can jump right in and immerse themselves in the fitness-focused culture.

Additionally, the company’s office space is filled with standing desks, bike desks, yoga balls and scooters. Employees are encouraged to find days to work from home and to take “well-being” breaks throughout the workday. Talk about normalizing wellness in the workplace!

Making Wellness Well-Rounded

Wellness is about more than just going to the gym! Zozi, an online booking software company, knows this. The company gives each employee a quarterly “fun fund” of $400. Employees can spend their “fun fund” money on a mini vacation or to save for something bigger.

The “fun fund” helps give employees something to look forward to, an important part of wellness.

Normalizing wellness as well as making it fun and well-rounded are three keys to successful corporate wellness programs. Have you incorporated these qualities into your company’s program?

The good news is, you can always improve your wellness program and your company’s culture. It’s never too late.

We at Beni.fit love helping companies improve their company culture and communicate their values through the perks and benefits they offer employees. Our knowledgable benefits consultants can help you design the perfect solution for your company and your employees. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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Benefits and Values: A Look Into How The Honest Company Aligns Them

The idea that companies can and should offer employee benefits and perks that align with their values is gaining ground. Now, it’s not uncommon to find companies thinking beyond the traditional benefits, like 401Ks and health insurance.

Getting creative about how to connect employees to the company’s values can be fun and incredibly rewarding. You don’t have to be the biggest, most established company to begin thinking along these lines. Taking time now to be intentional about aligning benefits and values will have you reaping a consistent harvest of happy, loyal, motivated employees.

The Honest Company prides itself on being a healthy lifestyle brand committed to making safe, responsible, accessible and effective products. The company, founded by actress Jessica Alba, also values educating it’s customers and community.

The company’s mission statement says this:

We’re a wellness brand with values rooted in consciousness, community, transparency and design. And we’re on a mission to empower people to live happy, healthy lives. Every day and in every way, we hold ourselves to an Honest standard. Because we believe that what you put on, in and around your body matters. A lot.

Here’s a look at some of the perks and benefits The Honest Company offers it’s employees that align with its values:

Consciousness

Employees get to participate in monthly company-wide volunteer activities organized by The Honest Company’s Social Goodness Department. In addition, the company matches dollars to every hour employees volunteer with organizations outside of work. Clearly, social consciousness and social goodness permeate the company culture.

Community

The Honest Company prioritizes community in the workplace by encouraging celebration and fun regularly. Employees can attend quirky social events to hang out with their fellow employees. From parking lot concerts, to carnivals, to ping-pong tournaments and Crock-pot wars, The Honest Company makes sure employees have something fun to look forward to eery month! The company also believes in celebrating the “tiny moments,” hosting birthday festivities, baby showers and team happy hours.

Transparency

It makes sense that a company with the word “Honest” in it’s name would value transparency! One way this plays out is through The Honest Company’s health and wellness initiatives. The company offers subsidies for gym memberships or reimburses employees for their plans. Additionally, the company keeps its kitchens fully stocked with healthy snacks and beverages. (Guess you won’t find your favorite soda-pop or Cheetos there!) From on-tap sparkling water, to freshly fruit and veggies, to weekly Kombucha deliveries, The Honest Company honestly wants it’s employees to live their healthiest lives.

Design

You can never underestimate the role a space’s vibe and design can play in how employees feel at work! The Honest Company’s headquarters look like a “Pinterest board come to life.” The building features recreational rooms with ping-pong tables and cornhole setups, relaxing spaces with couches and newspapers, live plants, lots of natural light and collaborative workspaces. Working in a beautiful, uplifting space that encourages productivity and collaboration gets employees excited to come to work. It can also help them hone into their work and place the cares of their everyday lives on pause while in the space.

The Honest Company keeps their values at the forefront of the perks and benefits they offer their employees. And, the stats are in! 94% of employees said the company had a great atmosphere and 83% say it has great rewards according to a survey taken by the Great Place to Work Institute. 

We at Beni.fit believe benefits don’t have to be boring. We love partnering with companies to create custom, personalized benefits packages that align with their company’s culture and are sure to keep their employees happy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reap the benefits of an amazing employee benefits package.

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6 Drool-Worthy Benefits For Hospitality Employees

When traveling, while staying in a youth hostel and bringing back memories from college is an enticing option, many people opt for hotels. The hospitality industry employs thousands of people across the United States. It’s no wonder these companies have to make sure they’re great places to work. Designing benefits for hospitality employees is a unique process, but these companies are slaying the game.

Six hospitality companies made Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For list in 2017. Retaining employees in the industry long-term can be difficult, but, but these companies are slaying the game. Here’s a look at 6 of their drool-worthy benefits for hospitality employees:

Hotel and Restaurant Discounts for the Whole Family

Employees of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants get to enjoy the same luxuries their guests enjoy, but at a discounted price! They can stay at all of the company’s hotels for $50 a night. That’s right. Regardless of where the property is, the price stays consistent at $50 a night. Also, the whole family can get on the fun! The discount applies to the immediate family as well! The includes mom, pops, the grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings. Employees become eligible for this perk after 90-days of employment with a Kimpton hotel or restaurant.

Free Car Washes and Dry Cleaning

Splash through a muddy puddle on your way to work? If you work for Hilton, that’s no problem. The company provides free car washes for all of it’s employees. This perk keeps Hilton employees riding in style. Perhaps another car accidentally drove through another muddy puddle on your way out the door, covering you in mud and slush. That’s not a problem either. The hospitality giant also covers dry cleaning for all employees.

Housekeeping Flextime Program: Finish early? Go home, you’ll still get paid

It takes a team of talented housekeepers to keep Hyatt rooms and suites immaculate each day. The company promotes work-life balance for housekeepers with it’s Housekeeping Flextime Program. Housekeepers can begin and end their shifts whenever is convenient for them. When housekeepers complete their assignments before the end of an 8-hour shift, they can go home! They will be paid for a full 8 hour shift regardless of how many actual hours they worked. Talk about an incentive to work quickly and efficiently!

Free Life and Health Coaching

Marriott International, Inc. wants its employees to succeed on the job and in their personal lives. The company gives all employees access to free life and health coaches by phone. At about 30 locations, coaches are available by video and onsite! These professionals help walk employees through life events and profited them with information, resources and referrals for what they need.

Lifestyle Discounts: Gym, Cell Phone, Food, Oh My!

People don’t often think of restaurants as great places to work. However, The Cheesecake Factory is changing the perception of the restaurant and hospitality industry with incredible perks for employees including discounts on gym memberships, cell phone service, travel and food at all restaurants.

Free Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Beverages

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts are known for luxurious living and decision food. Employees at all locations receive free breakfast, lunch snack and beverages. That sure beats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich packed from home!

Regardless of whether or not you’re in the hospitality industry, you can be inspired by the creative ways these companies pamper and appreciate their employees! Giving employees access to resources relevant to your industry is a great way to create enthusiastic employees who look forward to coming to work. While these benefits are nontraditional, they go a long way in retaining talent. You’ve already got a great business, so why not make sure you attract and retain the best employees?

At Beni.fit, we partner with companies to create custom, personalized benefits packages that align with their values. We believe benefits don’t have to be boring. Benefits are an often underutilized, incredible way to communicate your company’s values, goals and commitment to employees. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you craft a fun, comprehensive benefits packages that will have your employees jumping for joy.

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6 Benefits to Keep Employees Active: Lessons from Tech Companies

Let’s face it, as technology advances, employees spend more and more time sitting at desks, using technology to do their jobs. While having a plush, cushiony chair can help make 8 hour days sitting down more comfortable, employers recognize they need to prioritize holistic wellness in their employees and encourage them to stay active.

The tech industry has been a pioneer in pushing employees to be active, coming up with creative incentives to motivate employees to get moving. From making exercise equipment incredibly accessible, to taking some of the financial burden of gym memberships, to creating health competition, technology companies are making moves to create a strong, healthy workforce.

Here’s a look at 6 creative benefits to keep employees active:

Free Gym Memberships

Asana, a San Francisco based tech company that has an application to help teams track their work, gives all employees free gym memberships at a nearby gym. One of the company’s co-founders, Dustin Moskovitz co-founded Facebook, where he focused on improving employee productivity. The man knows a thing or two about how to keep and create happy, healthy, motivated employees!

On-site Wellness Coach

Software company Kronos Incorporated makes sure their employees have no excuse not to prioritize their own wellness; they provide an on-site wellness coach. Employees can receive guidance from an expert free of charge. The coach meets one-on-one with any interesting employees to coach them on nutrition, exercise, chronic disease management, and stress management.

Corporate Sports Teams

Employees who left their dream of being a professional athlete behind in middle school get a second chance to strike, kick, and run down the court at San Francisco- based Moogsoft. Employees can join the kickball, volleyball or flag football teams, which compete in local leagues. Players can get out of the office, bond with their coworkers and break a sweat!

Online wellness challenges and online events

Nothing gets the heart racing and motivation activated like a little bit of healthy competition. Job website Indeed encourages employees to participate in fun online wellness challenges and onsite events. Participants earn points towards incentives for participating. Indeed also provides staff with free one-on-one wellness consultations and coaching webinar programs, giving workers the tools they need to reach their wellness goals.

Catering to employees who walk or bike to work

Vacation rental company HomeAway caters to employees who walk or bike to work with bike lockers, onsite showers and discounts. This simple gesture shows employees who don’t drive to work that their company will take care of them. The perks also demonstrate that the company appreciates sustainable transportation choices.

Paycheck Credits for meeting healthy standards

At Intuit Inc., it pays to be healthy. Literally. The finance software company encourages employees to stay in shape by letting healthy employees earn up to $2,470 in paycheck credits. To get this perk, employees must meet healthy weight, cholesterol and blood pressure standards. The company hosts state-of-the-art on site fitness centers. Additionally, employees can receive up to $650 a year in reimbursement for gym memberships, personal trainers or sports lessons.

Giving employees incentives to live an active lifestyle doesn’t have to break your bank. Companies of all sizes can find creative ways to take responsibility for their workforce’s health. We at Beni.fit believe benefits should be fun and fit your vision for the company. We can help you craft the perfect benefits package for your company so you can start building and retaining a productive, happy and sustainable workforce. Contact us today to get started.

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7 Amazing Benefits for Working Parents

It’s hard being a working parent. Between giving your all to your career and giving your all to your family, balance can be hard to find.

Companies can support their employees with children with a variety of creative benefits. With a few edge perks you can show your team that it’s okay to prioritize being a good parent.

The truth is, while maternity and paternity leave are wonderful, allowing new parents to give their full attention to their newborn, there’s times throughout parenthood where you wish you had some extra time to be there for your children.

These companies have found a way to offer great benefits for working parents. Be inspired!

Paid-Time Off for Kid’s School Field Trips

 Mattel, Inc. has to be devoted to the happiness of its employees’ children since, as a major toy manufacturer, generating the happiness is a major focus of the business. To that end, the company offers all employees 16 hours of paid time off for any school-related absences, such as parent-teacher conferences or accompanying gather child on a field trip.

Child-care search help, discounts for nanny placement services and priority access at Bright Horizons child care centers

Google is known for having innovative, comprehensive benefits that would make anyone drool with desire. Outside of offering extensive maternity and paternity leave, the company provides a $500 stipend for takeout meals during the first three months of parenthood. The tech giant also offers one-on-one consultations to help parents locate the best child care and discounts for nanny placement services. Not to mention, employees receive priority access to Bright Horizons child care centers throughout the country. Sound like a parents dream?

On-site after school programs and kindergarten classes

The children of Campbell Soup employees can learn their ABC’s as their mommies and daddies work with on-site kindergarten classes and after school programs. Additionally, the company offers summer programs for children.

Concierge service for errand assistance

Johnson & Johnson employees get special assistance with day-to-day tasks. They can take advantage of concierge services to help make sure they pick up their laundry and get everything on their grocery list right on time.

Bring-along-your-baby and company school buses

 Even with paid maternity leave, breastfeeding mothers may struggle to keep their babies fed while traveling for work. Patagonia allows breastfeeding mothers to bring their baby with them when they travel. They can also bring along a family member or caregiver from the company’s child-care center. And the best part? Patagonia pays or it all.

School-aged kids are on the company’s radar as well. Patagonia provides company buses to deliver kids from local schools to the company’s on-site child care center for after school care.

Mentorship Program for Moms

 Becoming a mother changes your life forever. New moms at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a professional services firm, are paired with “veteran moms” in the firm’s Mentor Moms program. Women can bond over the joys and struggles of motherhood, listen to one another, receive guidance and coping tips, and be encouraged by their fellow working-mothers.

Redefining Full-Time 

It’s not easy returning to work after maternity leave. Going from spending most of your waking hours with your baby to spending 8 or more hours at work again can be a tough transition. New mothers at U.K.-based Vodafone can reduce their 40-hour a week schedule to 30-hours a week and still earn their full time pay. This perk is available for the first six months back at work after leave.

You may feel like you don’t have the resources to offer some of these benefits to your employees. The truth is, any company, big or small, can find a creative way to offer great perks for their employees with children.

We, at Beni.fit would love to help you design the best comprehensive benefits plan for you. We believe benefits should reflect and enhance t a company’s culture and values. Visit our website today to learn more about how we can help you bring your vision, values and culture into alignment with your company’s benefits.

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Why Prioritizing Employee Happiness is a Priceless Benefit- Lessons from Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle, a Phoenix-based mattress retailer, knows a thing or two about creating a company people don’t want to leave. Entrepreneur.com included the company among the winners for best company culture in a large company in 2017. With just 5 years of business under it’s belt, Tuft & Needle has established itself as a leader in more ways than one, managing to keep their turnover under five percent in their first four years.

Anonymous employees on Glassdoor had this to say about working for the retailer:

There are literally no cons regarding working at Tuft & Needle. I have enjoyed legitimately everything about my experience working there.

Tuft & Needle understands that employees need to be happy in order for everything to run smoothly, and they keep their employees happy.

The company hugely focuses on benefits that improve the quality of life of the team, not just free snacks and drinks in order to keep people longer hours.

While no company is perfect, one things seems to be certain at Tuft & Needle: employees are happy.

Benefits are a way to, quite literally, make your employees happy. Perhaps your bottom line doesn’t allow you to pay everyone their dream salary of millions of dollars. Even so, you can prioritize your employees overall happiness with creative work culture benefits.

Need some inspiration? Here’s a look at some of the nontraditional “benefits” that make Tuft & Needle a great place to work:

Free Mattress

 What better way to allow your employees to connect with your product or service than with a free gift! All Tuft & Needle employees receive a free mattress from the company. (Employees who get a good night’s sleep work better, right?)

A company retreat that feels more like vacation than work

 For the past two years, all Tuft & Needle employees have enjoyed a company retreat on the banks of Lake Powell in Arizona. However, instead of PowerPoint Presentation and training seminars, employees get to move about freely as there is no set schedule or planned activities, other than dinner.

“Without any planning, incredible opportunities for trust-building occur,” said company COO Evan Maridou in an interview with Entrepreneur.

Monthly Company Events

 Tuft & Needle truly cares about making sure their employees enjoy one another and enjoy working together. They care about this so much so that they’ve dedicated an entire team to it: The Team Experience team plans bonding experiences for employees. One regular event, Tea Time, occurs every Monday when everyone gathers together to munch on snacks and mingle.

Required Minimum 25-Day Vacation Policy

 Tuft & Needle requires its employees to take at least 25 mandatory paid vacation days per year. There’s nothing like showing employees you care about work-life balance by requiring them to take off, right?

Tuft & Needles success is proof that offering competitive employee benefits and perks creates happier, more loyal employees. You can create your own customized plan to make your company a great place to work. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. But, we at Beni.fit are here to help you craft your perfect plan. Visit our website today to see how we can help you design the best comprehensive benefits and perks plan for your company.

 

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Seven Breweries Doing Big Things With Employee Benefits

Attention beer-enthusiasts: There’s a trend a-brewin’ among breweries everywhere. Working in an environment where you can practically smell the bittery hops of mouth-watering craft beer from your desk (or bar) sounds like paradise to some.

Though it may seem like working for a brewery is a perk in and of itself, breweries across the world recognize that offering a competitive benefits package is essential to creating happy, loyal employees.

Breweries have hopped onto a trend typically associated with Silicon-Valley tech giants like Facebook and Google.

They too are offering non-traditional benefits that get right to the core of every employee’s dream: to have fun at work.

New “work-styles”, or work lifestyles, are creating a new kind of work culture, one where fun, work, incentives, compensation, activities, sustainability, family and community come together as one.

Phoenix is a growing hub for breweries, making a name for itself in the beer-world with successful breweries such as Chandler’s SanTan Brewing Company, whose beers have won national and statewide awards. Yelp listed Scottsdale’s Goldwater Brewing Co. and Phoenix’s Helio Basin Brewing Co. among the best local breweries in the U.S. in a feature for Travel + Leisure.

With this industry growth comes the need to hire and retain the best employees possible. There’s nothing like bringing the best out of someone with an ice-cold beer and some bomb, burp-inducing benefits.

Here’s a look at some of the innovative, head-tilting benefits breweries are giving their employees:

Name a Beer and Fun Sock Friday and Extensive Taste Tests

California-based Barrel Brothers Brewing Company keeps their atmosphere fresh and thrilling for their employees by allowing everyone to name a beer. Among some of the employee-named beers at Barrel Brothers? Saturday Morning Cartoons, Dad Pants, Suck It Trebek!, Dark Sarcasm, Naughty Hops, and Leather Bound Books (a barrel aged brown sour). This perk helps employees feel personally connected to the beers, creating brand and company loyalty.

The company also has Fun Sock Fridays, giving its team the chance to let loose and express their personality with wild foot-coverings. All employees also get up-close-and-personal with all of the beers, sensory and blind taste testing of all new beers.

“Pawternity” Leave

They say having a dog is like having a child. All of Scotland-based BrewDog‘s more than 1,000 employees receive one week of paid leave when they welcome a new puppy into their lives. More than 50 “office dogs” take-on the work week with their owners as well! The company said it has received more employment appellations since announcing the “mutternity” leave perk.

Softball leagues, company hikes, camping trips and a trip to Europe

Employees at Odell Brewing Company can quench their thirst for adventure through company hikes, camping trips and softball leagues. They can also look forward to an all expense paid trip to Europe after working for the company for five years.

Life and financial wellness counseling

Bell’s Inspired Brewing, which is based out of Michigan, encourages employees to live their best lives by paying for life and financial wellness counseling. Employees who are satisfied, secure and happy with other areas of their lives are more likely to bring positive energy to work!

On-site wellness amenities (oh, and a case of beer with each paycheck!)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company prioritizes holistic employee wellness by offering on-site massage and acupuncture, on-site yoga classes and an on-site medical clinic. Employees at the California-based brewery also walk away with one case of beer each payday. They get first dibs on tickets for brewery events too!

A Trip to Belgium and a Company Bike and company ownership

New Belgium Brewing Company is an employee-owned company based out of Colorado. Employees receive an all expense paid trip to Belgium after five years with the company. But, that’s not all. Employees get to take on Belgium for one week with their other five-year coworkers! On their one year work-anniversary, employees receive a branded Fat Tire Cruiser Bike, a tradition that’s been going strong for 18 years. “Fat Tire” is the name of the brewery’s flagship beer.

Any company can have amazing, enticing benefits for their employees. Benefits shouldn’t be boring. They should enhance and celebrate the company culture and values you’ve worked so hard to establish.

We at Beni.fit are passionate about bringing employee benefits into alignment with company culture and purpose. Visit our website to learn more about how we can help your company and your employees thrive.

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Understanding You: The Importance Of Bio-individual Wellness

Understanding You: The Importance Of Bio-individual Wellness

The uniqueness of each individual human being is an idea that is reiterated to us throughout our lives. Our uniqueness spans far beyond our personalities and perspectives, and influences our most basic biological human make up. Everyone’s body is unique, depending on age, gender, location, ancestry, genes, etc. Because of this, what we take into our body, what nourishes it and what depletes it, is highly dependent on the individual as well. You may have heard the saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Listen to your body. It knows what foods and activity you need. It knows what is best for YOU. Here are some ways your body is unique, and how to listen to, and provide for its needs. Read More

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How Sleep Impacts Your Work, And How To Get More Of It

How Sleep Impacts Your Work, And How To Get More Of It

According to a Journal of Vision Study, a lack of sleep can make you less productive in the workplace. The sleepier you are, the longer it takes you to complete tasks. Sleep deprivation is linked to short-term stunted mental ability, and may make it more difficult for you to accomplish your objectives with ease.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, after several nights of losing sleep—even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night—your ability to function suffers as if you haven’t slept at all for a day or two. Read More

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Why Workplace Wellness Doesn’t Work, And How To Change It

Why Workplace Wellness Doesn’t Work, And How To Change It

Workplace wellness is a controversial topic with many strong claims about its positive effects on employees, as well as many conflicting statistics. Although critiqued as an inflated and unregulated industry machine, workplace wellness proponents claim the implemented programs employees and their general health in the long-run. While there are overwhelming positive benefits of promoting health within the workplace, the truth is, the mass-approach to workplace wellness doesn’t work. Instead, a personalized approach to wellness is needed. Read More