What is Workplace Wellness?

Our workplace wellness program is designed to support healthy behaviors in employees and improve health outcomes while at work.  This includes:

Health promotion activities

We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice for you, and for you to walk away from the Y healthier than when you came. We offer health promotion activities such as wellness coaching, healthy lifestyle programs, medical screenings and on-site fitness classes.

Organization-wide policies

Our environments encourage wellness through policies and organizational-wide priorities, such as asking that 60-minute meetings include a wellness break to get you up and moving.

A healthy workplace starts with you! Our vision is that the healthiest kids in America live here in the Bay Area and we can't get there without a happy and healthy Y staff. That's why our strategic plan calls for us to support and encourage our employees to develop healthy habits and lead more balanced and healthy lives, as individuals and as families.

The First Annual All-Staff Basketball Tournament was a great way to connect with colleagues and relieve some stress after work. It was awesome to see some staff who didn't want to play come out and cheer us on; just being active together made me realize how important spending time with other staff outside of work is.

–Mission Possibles, YMCA of San Francisco

My supervisor encourages vacation time and challenges me to use my well days. He also sends me "stop" texts on the weekends if he notices I'm working. All of this helps me maintain work/life balance. I love our leadership's commitment to helping staff Be Well at Work.

-Emily, YMCA of San Francisco

At the Y, we believe our people are our greatest asset. Some of our most innovative healthy workplace events have come from our staff.  Everyone is encouraged to participate and bring their best ideas. Pictured are Y of SF staffers enjoying a Rec and Leisure day themed "Unconventional Exercises"!

During the Stress Less Challenge I learned it’s important to leave work at work and find time for myself at home. I feel grateful my work place supports and encourages that!

-Marcela, YMCA of San Francisco

When returning from maternity leave, my supervisors and co-workers encouraged me to be active and find time to build healthy habits; they also worked with my schedule to pick up my daughter when needed and to work from home when childcare got tricky.  I feel the support from the whole office to Be Well at Work. 

- Kelly, YMCA of San Francisco

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The 600 Challenge

For Y Staff!

During April we're motivating movement. We challenge you and fellow Y staff to commit to #20minutesdaily and complete 600 minutes of physical activity in 30 days.

Are you game?  Get started by downloading the tracking card.

Y Staff Benefits


Year-round access to 35 Bay Area Ys with unlimited wellness support at no cost!


Create work-life balance with ComPsych GuidanceResources, a free, 24-hour access Employee Assistance Program for Y Staff.  This comprehensive and interactive service provides confidential counseling, financial advice, legal assistance and support with lifestyle and wellness.  Visit your ADP Vantage homepage for instructions to gain access. 


Open a 403(b) Smart Account via the Y Retirement Fund and save today for retirement. Funds are put away on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction, and you can sign up anytime regardless of your age or hours worked. Learn more.


Elect payroll deduction to purchase commuter passes. The money comes directly from your paycheck pre-tax and can also be applied toward parking. To learn more, contact HR.


All eligible staff earn PTO beginning from day one of employment. Time off accrues based on hours worked. Check ADP to see your balance.


FSA options are available for eligible staff in Medical and Dependent Care. Contact HR to learn more.


We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including paid medical and dental plans, for full time employees. 

Learn more

Emily Turpin
Health Initiatives Program Director

HR and Benefits Questions

Ingrid Freed
HR & Benefits Executive
415 281-6732 

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Become a wellness champion! Current Y staff who would like to champion workplace wellness are encouraged to get involved- the only experience necessary is a drive to make a difference. 
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