As a CEO or HR professional, I’m sure you’re familiar with the benefits of a corporate wellness program. No, they’re not just for quirky startups or giant tech companies (cough Google cough) anymore. In fact, some of the top Fortune 500 companies like Exxon-Mobile, Ford, Delta, and General Electric, to name a few, offer highly-rated wellness programs. Luckily, you don’t have to be a billion-dollar company to launch a wellness program. In fact, all it takes is a little research and planning.
If you’re already preparing to implement a wellness program, that’s awesome! But maybe you’re feeling a little skeptical about the benefits and impact it will have on your team. It’s perfectly normal to feel unsure about big changes, but we’re here to silence those fears.
Get Everyone on Board with Corporate Wellness
Getting the “big guys” to jump on the wellness wagon isn’t as hard as it may seem, but you do want to approach them with some good info in your back pocket. Even if you’re the CEO, you’re still going to need to get the rest of your leadership team on board.
A quick Google search will return an abundance of studies and articles highlighting the benefits of a corporate wellness program. One study, sponsored by the US Department of Labor, suggests that participation in a wellness program over five years is associated with a trend toward lower healthcare costs and decreasing health care use. And we all know money talks.
Aside from the fiscal benefits, wellness programs have been proven to positively impact employees by lowering stress levels, decreasing turnover rates, raising self-esteem, and creating a better team-building mentality.
Hire The Right Trainer
Fitness trainers vary by specialty. Before you hire someone, you want to make sure you know what kind of fitness class you want to offer your employees. Maybe you want to start slow with some yoga or morning meditation, or maybe most of your employees already work out regularly, so you want to implement a bootcamp-style class. The choice is up to you, but you should do thorough research on your trainers and their fitness styles.
Once you’ve found the right personal trainer, find a space, set a date, send the invites, and bam! It’s all coming together.
Get People To Show Up
Remember when you had to get your leadership team on the wellness wagon? Well, you’re going to have to do the same for your employees. Along with the calendar invite, send an email with some of the info and benefits you found in your research.
You want to motivate them and get them pumped! Include a photo of the trainer and provide specific details about the class. Be sure to leave the door open for any feedback they may have. After all, it is their wellness journey. Some companies even offer monetary incentives, like lower healthcare premiums, gift cards, or discounted gym memberships for individuals who partake in their wellness programs. But that’s entirely up to you! 🙂
Oh, don’t forget to mention that YOU will be joining the class, as well. Studies have shown that when CEO’s and leadership personnel participate in their company’s wellness program, employee attendance increases.
It may take a few weeks or months to get everything together and smooth out the details, but once you see the impact a wellness program has on your employees, you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t do it sooner!
Sammy is the COO and Co-Founder of Fitspot. Sammy is an attention-to-detail aficionado who brings a blend of grit and imagination to the zillions of tasks that confront every startup. She has always thrived in operations, working as a production assistant in LA and managing operations in the fashion industry. Sammy wears many hats at Fitspot, doing everything from sketching app screens to managing the customer experience. Sammy has a B.F.A. from the University of Miami, and hails from Australia.