Ready to bring wellness to your office, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Lucky for you, that’s what we do, day in and day out, so we can show you how to build a wellness program—and why it’s really not as confusing or complex as it seems. In this post, we’ll explain exactly how to starting building a corporate wellness program at your office, step-by-step (by step).
1. Find the Right Partner
If you’re here, you’re already on the right track: You know that a third-party partner is the way to go when it comes to implementing a wellness program. Trying to do it in-house may be feasible for certain smaller companies. But as soon as you start to scale and have more than a handful of employees, you’re likely overloading your HR and/or operations teams while missing out on key benefits, both financial (for your company’s bottom line) and physical (for your employees’ health and wellness).
When you choose an external wellness coordinator, like Fitspot, they’ll take all the work off your plate, instead of adding more to it. For instance, when you partner with us, you’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager who’ll walk you through every step of the implementation process, either on-site or on a call. Your account manager will handle the nitty gritty details such as:
- Find and measure workout space
- Coordinate equipment delivery and storage
- Vet local FitExperts for programs
- Set up your online wellness portal
- Promote an initial Meet n Greet
- Communicate with employees
- Track metrics and engagement
- And more
2. Consider Hosting a Wellness Day
Not totally sure your employees will be on board with wellness? That’s OK! You can test the waters with a Wellness Day, when Fitspot can come to your office for a full day’s worth of fun programming. We can set up activities such as fitness classes, yoga, massages, manicures, DIY breakfast parfaits, trainer Q&As and more.
Yep, we can even set up a sumo wrestling ring—we know you were wondering.
3. Figure Out What Your Employees Want
Ready to go all in? Great! Before we design your customized programming, we give clients a user-friendly Typeform survey to send to their employees. The survey determines exactly what kind of health and wellness offerings workers want by gauging metrics such as how often they exercise, their dietary habits, preferred workouts (do they want Zumba and bootcamps, or more yoga and meditation?), and what health topics they want to learn more about (smoking cessation? financial wellness? meal planning?). That way, we know our programs are personalized for your employees’ interests. In turn, they’ll be more likely to be excited about the offerings.
4. Start With Screenings
Health screenings serve as a baseline assessment that help your employees where they’re doing well and where they need to improve their health, so they know which programs to pick for their health goals. You can choose FitSnap assessments, which are non-invasive, virtual health assessment screenings, which provide downloadable exercise and nutrition recommendations according to employee’s results. Or bring your employees’ yearly physicals to them with Biometric Screenings, which provide metrics such as blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI and more.
5. Mix Up Your Offerings
The key ingredient of a successful corporate wellness program: Have options. Lots of options. After all variety is the spice of life. Maybe after a couple weeks of high-intensity bootcamps, employees burn out and want to try yoga instead. Or perhaps they want to create a run club, but when winter weather arrives, no one wants to jog in the freezing temps. Make sure you can adjust your programming to provide the variety your team craves, using a tool like Fitspot’s flexible FitCoins.
Finally, no matter how motivating and fun workouts might be, we know that not everyone wants to exercise at work. And that’s OK. To make sure all employees have opportunity to engage, Fitspot creates custom wellness content that employees can consume on their own time. An example of our offerings:
- Tune-In Tuesdays: 15-minute online wellness segments led by industry specialists on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
- FitNews: a monthly newsletter featuring seasonal recipes, wellness tips, and health trends
- Blog posts: What you’re reading now!
Jonathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fitspot. He co-founded Fitspot in 2016. As any CEO, he is doing anything from fundraising to closing deals, to planning for the future of Fitspot. Jon is a pizza aficionado who’s on the hunt for the best slice of pizza in NYC.