Activity incentive programs
Activity incentive programs
To promote active lifestyles through the provision of physical activity incentive programs.
#24775 - The project team is only pursuing WELL Certification for a portion of the office. Does the project team need to consider all regular building occupants for the entire space within this WELL feature's scope in order to comply?
All employees within the project boundary would need to be counted as part of this feature's scope.
Projects that are operated as a co-working space should pursue the New & Existing Interiors project type. For this type of project, Feature 65 would only apply to employees of the project owner.
All building staff managing and operating the building and/or employed by the project owner and regularly working in the building must have access to these benefits. Additionally, the owner must provide education to tenants related to the benefits and implementation of these requirements.
Incentives can be one of two types: monetary or non-monetary. Monetary incentives include direct payments or subsidized programs/offerings. Non-monetary incentives include programs such as flexible scheduling, additional paid time off, employee recognition programs or similar non-monetary awards such as prizes. Note that projects may provide non-monetary incentive(s) towards requirements for Part 1.
#24766 - Who qualifies as an employee? If an organization has temporary workers, would they be considered employees for the purposes of WELL Certification?
A worker is considered an employee if they have a regular or predictable schedule, which has (or is intended to) continue for longer than a few months.
Project teams play an integral role in defining this for their employees/project population. As a starting point, project teams might want to familiarize themselves with the average cost of a gym membership and/or group fitness program/classes for their geographic area. Focus groups or employee surveys are another great strategy to deploy when exploring what types of incentive programs would be most meaningful.
#24754 - If a project is partnered with a local gym in the area and provides employees a discount package that eliminates registration fees and provides a 15% discount on a monthly and/or yearly membership plan, would this incentive meet one of the requirements for Part 1?
Project teams have flexibility in defining what activity incentives are meaningful to their employees or project population. This incentive offering would likely comply with Part 1c.
#24755 - A project provides occupants with employer based health insurance, which includes similar physical activity incentives. Can the project achieve Feature 65?
Health insurance based offerings may be considered towards requirements so long as they meet the intent of the feature and offer similar incentives for physical activity. In addition, health-insurance-based activity incentives should be offered to all employees who qualify for employer-based health insurance.
#24524 - If the company provides employees with free gym memberships, what are the recommended methods to demonstrate that at least 30% of regular occupants utilize free access to the gym?
There are no specific requirements for how a project team should demonstrate that 30% of regular occupants utilize free access to the gym. Some methods that could be used include conducting occupant surveys, or asking the gym to provide aggregate check-in data to confirm.