Top tips on wellness incentives


Wellness programmes encourage employees to live a more productive, healthier lifestyle. Having incentives alongside the financial rewards should support employee happiness and motivation to work their best. Beside the bonus and pension schemes, what more could be added? Below we have mapped out some incentives used to inspire people to achieve more in their position, and as a whole boost their work and lifestyle.

Cycle-to-work scheme

The Cycle-to-work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative, first introduced in the Finance Act 1999. It is in force to promote a healthier journey to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit, with the option to buy the biking equipment for a reduced amount afterwards. View more about the cycle-to-work scheme here.

Fresh fruit Friday

Providing complimentary fruit is a positive way to promote healthy eating and show that the company care beyond the work. You could go one step further as Woodhouse do, and provide fresh fruit throughout the whole week.

3pm finishes on pay day

3pm finishes on payday work particularly well for all parties. For most, pay day is a Friday which is  proven to be the least productive day. By allowing an early finish on pay day, or alternatively introducing wind down time with colleagues, it adds to the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) without losing the most productive hours.

Eight glasses a day

The simplest way to up your wellness; drinking water. Water increases brain power, prevents headaches and flushes out toxins. Incentives could include removing fizzy drinks from the office, making sure water is easily available or running a hydration challenge. It could even be promoting a water tracking app to encourage healthy hydration in your work place.

Holiday entitlements

An extra day of holiday for every year you are with the company? Yes please! Unlimited holiday entitlement is also a growing incentive, where the employees are responsible for their own work/life balance.

Season ticket loan

In addition to the cycle-to-work scheme, a season ticket loan can help make the commute cheaper by not having to pay a lump sum.

Desk-less lunches

Staying at our desks is not considered a good way to replenish our cognitive functions, because our brains become tired from being in the same place. Our brains work for around 90 minutes before needing a recharge, whether that is simply walking to get a cup of tea or having a five minute distraction. Encourage employees to make the most of the local area on their lunch breaks, and they will be more productive when they do return.