By Marshall Staton, Director of Human Resources at Aeroflow Healthcare
May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, and while it’s always an important month to observe, it’s absolutely crucial this year. Like so many other organizations coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Aeroflow’s employees are currently working remotely, often while caring for young children. Sleep schedules have been disrupted, social connection is more difficult to come by, and physical fitness takes a backseat to more immediate concerns. Most gyms and workout facilities are closed and it can be difficult to find ways to stay active while still adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines. During this challenging time, it’s critical that we prioritize employee physical and mental health. I wanted to provide some tips and resources (as well as a couple of team challenges) that will hopefully make this all a bit easier!
What better way to encourage some healthy competition than a team fitness challenge! This year, we’re asking employees to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity, every day, for 30 days. Each team must track what they do each day, either by taking a photo or writing down what activity they completed. Our fitness challenge is totally voluntary, just something to help employees feel more connected to one another and motivated to keep active. If it’s not in the company budget to include a prize, competing for bragging rights is always fun too!
A photo challenge is another good way to engage employees during Employee Health and Fitness Month. Above, you’ll see the winner of our first photo competition, in which we asked employees to show us their work-from-home set up.
This month, our photo competition is all about health and wellness. We’ve asked employees to share a picture of how they are focusing on physical or mental health for a chance to win a prize.
Finally, I wanted to share a handy image with some tried-and-true tips for staying sane while working from home.
Information provided on the Aeroflow Healthcare blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow Healthcare recommends consulting a doctor if you are experiencing medical issues or concerns.