There are three types of employees: healthy employees, at-risk employees, and chronic employees. All three need wellness, but in different ways. As a leader in your company, you can guide each group on the right path to a healthy lifestyle. Since employees are spending at least 40 hours per week at work, start a movement to drive a workplace culture centered around health and wellness.
Wellness programs that help control diseases and related risk factors make employees less likely to miss work because of an illness or injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Here’s how Fitspot can help you focus on the healthy employees, the at-risk employees, and the chronic employees.
The Healthy Employees
These are your health champions. They have limited medical costs, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to them. They’re doing something right, so stay ahead of the game and point them to wellness services that will keep them healthy. After all, in order to achieve optimal well-being, employee’s mental and emotional health must come into proper alignment as well.
Here’s what you should focus on for healthy employees:
About 43 percent of the workforce suffers from chronic stress, and often this is the biggest concern for otherwise healthy employees. Chronic stress can contribute to issues such as headaches, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, weak immune systems, and even lead to health conditions such as depression, obesity, and heart disease. Be proactive with wellness programs that boost morale and improve employee’s attitude, such as Fitspot’s on-site experiences. From stress-relieving massages to mindfulness practice through meditation, employees can de-stress at work. Another favorite holistic health activity is an essential oil workshop, where employees can make their own blends using different oils with stress-relieving benefits. For employees that prefer to focus on stress management individually, Fitspot also partners with a mindfulness and resilience app, so they can listen to guided sessions that focus on boosting productivity, improving sleep and more.
Hand in hand with stress is financial wellness, or as many employees consider it, financial freedom. About a quarter of employees say that financial wellness means one of the following: freedom from financial stress, freedom from debt, freedom from worry about unexpected expenses, or freedom to make financial choices to enjoy life. Fitspot can make that freedom a reality, providing financial literacy courses and offering educational workshops led by financial experts.
A survey found that slightly more than half of the employees in multiple countries feel lonely “always” or “very often.” Foster a sense of community in the workplace by hosting holistic wellness experiences on-site. This could include a juice bar in the company’s common area during morning rush hour, a kombucha happy hour in the afternoon, lunch-n-learns or team-building challenges. By bringing the company together, employees will feel more connected. Plus according to the earlier survey, 60% of survey respondents would be more inclined to stay if they had more friends at work.
At-Risk and Chronic Employees
These employees drive a company’s healthcare costs. 90 percent of the nation’s $3.3 trillion in healthcare costs are spent on people with chronic diseases and mental health conditions. By assisting the at-risk and chronic group with healthier decisions, you can reduce the cost of care and therefore lower your company’s bottom line.
Here’s what you should focus on for at-risk and chronic employees:
Lack of physical activity can cost $117 billion annually for related care, and lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Fitness in the workplace is the solution. It eliminates common barriers such as finding where to work out and what to do for a workout. With Fitspot’s on-site classes, certified trainers teach a range of high- and low-intensity fitness classes for any level. These could include yoga, circuit training, kickboxing, and pilates. Plus, Fitspot tracks steps, calories burned, and sleep through our technology, known as the wellness management tool. One of our partners, an artificial intelligence-based app, uses machine-learning to offer personalized recommendations for physical activity, diet, and weight loss. The benefits of these apps are that they engage employees both in the workplace and at home, so family members can be involved in the programs. It’s shown that behaviors and environments influence weight gain, and having access to a prevention app can help a family’s journey.
People with diet-related chronic diseases cost almost $1,429 more to insurance carriers, and that mostly has to do with lack of knowledge. Another startling fact: a 2019 study found that one in four people got food at work and it was usually high in empty calories, salt, fat, and sugar. This certainly isn’t helping with the obesity epidemic, as research has proven that what you eat is three times more important than physical activity. Fitspot sets up employees with nutritionists for one-on-one sessions and provides healthy eating workshops led by experts in the field. By educating employees about nutrition, you can drive engagement to change eating behavior. Fitspot also provides social events that center around healthy choices. Instead of happy hours with alcoholic beverages, we use kombucha, an effervescent probiotic tea; or a juice bar experience replaces cake and cookie parties. For on-the-go and at home, Fitspot’s partner app provides recipes, meal planning, grocery lists and more.
Fitspot can help engage both the healthy and at-risk employees in wellness, driving down the cost of company insurance plans. That saves money all around: for the company, the employee and the insurance broker. That’s a win-win-win.
Alexa is the Content Manager & Social Strategist at Fitspot. She’s a storyteller and wordsmith who writes anything from blog posts to e-books to infographics. She’s passionate about running and fitness, and loves to share the Fitspot message of workplace wellness everywhere!