Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We’re sure you’ve heard this sustainability mantra before—it’s a simple, catchy reminder of how we can support our environment. Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you how to use your blue bin or separate your paper from plastics—not that those things aren’t important. What we are going to do is repurpose those three Rs to show you how they can be applied to your workplace wellness initiatives.
- Reduce. Sometimes it’s nice to shake up your workplace wellness routine in a big way but that doesn’t always have to be the case. There are lots of ways for you and your team to foster wellness that don’t require a ton of extra time, energy or planning. Check out Matthew Mitschke’s blog, Five Simple Strategies to Boost your Happiness and Health, or dig into The Sandbox resources for a variety of tools to help you keep things simple and effective. For example, search '10-Minute Wellness Activity Series' for quick group activities that focus on a variety of topics—everything from self-care to finding balance.
- Reuse. When it comes to being a wellness champion, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of past successes and don’t be afraid to rehash an old favourite, whether it’s a resource that your team really loves or a past wellness initiative that gained a lot of traction. Take advantage of annual events like ParticipACTION to get your team involved or, even better, turn a past initiative of your own into a recurring event—we’ve even got a poster template you can use to spread the good word!
- Recycle. Did you know that bubble wrap was invented to be used as wallpaper? This seems like an odd digression but the point is that just because an idea didn’t turn out the way you’d originally intended, doesn’t mean you have to throw it out. With a little bit of reflection, collaboration and inspiration, you might be able to dust off a discarded idea and turn it into something completely new. You never know just what kind of successes could come out of your ‘Hall of Failures.’
So, there you have them: the Three Rs of Workplace Wellness. We hope you enjoy applying these to your initiatives as much as we enjoy popping bubble wrap!