Stressed out? You’re not alone. According to the (cheery-sounding) American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers feel stressed on the job. Nearly 50% say they need help in learning how to manage stress, while 42% of people say their coworkers need such help.
Dealing with stress isn’t just a minor annoyance; it can lead to serious health and performance issues, including frequent headaches, irritability, insomnia, difficulty making decisions, trouble remembering, and problems with communication. Not exactly the formula for a healthy, productive workplace.
How Can Companies Help?
Whether you’re in HR or upper-level management, you’re probably wondering how you can help your employees. And fortunately, there’s an answer.
Employee wellness programs provide the tools, knowledge, and on-site services that help people reduce stress. At Fitspot, we’ve seen first-hand how our wellness programs and services do just that. Here are five examples of how Fitspot’s services can help your workers improve their well-being. Want to learn more? Contact us for a free demo today.
1. Offer On-Site Chair Massages
One easy way to relax at work: Get a soothing chair massage from a certified professional to break up your workday. Studies have shown that massage may help a wide range of health-related issues, such as anxiety, digestive disorders, insomnia and headaches related to stress, and joint pain. Plus, it just feels really good.
2. Host Meditation Classes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the benefits of meditation—from reduced blood pressure to improved sleep. Fitspot brings in certified meditation experts to teach our clients’ employees how to meditate in a way that’s understandable, effective, and even fun. This shot is from an incredibly peaceful meditation session we recently hosted for our client, the Georgia Aquarium.
3. Invite Experts to Teach Tips for Reducing Stress
One of Fitspot’s offerings include educational workshops. In these informal, interactive experiences, health professionals cover topics such as mental wellness, resilience, mindfulness, and other effective strategies for managing stress. These programs are proven to give teams the tools to make healthy, lifestyle changes that last.
4. Encourage Employees to Exercise
One of the best ways to reduce stress is, thankfully, one of the easiest. According to research, mind-body workouts such as yoga or Pilates are best for helping people relax and feel less anxious. However, any form of physical activity is an antidote to rising stress levels. If yoga isn’t your thing, you can choose from Fitspot’s wide range of workout classes, from yoga to circuit training.
Just remember: The more your employees move, the less they’ll stress. So provide plenty of opportunities to get moving at work. You can also consider hosting a wellness challenge to take 10,000 steps per day, with an incentive for all participants.
5. Provide Health Coaching Services
A relatively new field, health coaching can empower employees to make changes in their lives and move toward better health and well-being. This is a service of many employee wellness programs that can help people make major improvements in their stress levels. Don’t worry; this type of coach won’t yell or tell you what to do. Instead, they’ll ask questions, engage with, and challenge you to find your own answers and reach your personal goals that align with your desires.