There’s no question that society has benefitted immensely from the advancement of technology. Inventions like the personal computer, the internet, and smartphone have changed the way we live, work, and play. If you’re like many Americans today, you probably work in an office and spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer. Unfortunately, research has linked prolonged periods of sitting with major health concerns, like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. So what’s the solution to a problem that plagues millions of people around the world? Well, for starters, more companies could implement a corporate wellness program.
Perhaps you’re of the “go big or go home” mindset and decide to offer weekly boot camp classes, Monday meditation, nutrition seminars, and healthy catered lunches. If that’s not your style, you could always give employees a discounted gym membership or start an office step challenge. Whichever route you choose to go, you can rest assured that you’re making strides toward a healthier workplace.
Corporate Wellness programs look different for each company. However, the benefits are all the same. These are the top 4 advantages you can expect to see when you implement a corporate wellness program.
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which makes you more alert. By offering your employees a time to exercise during the workday, they’ll return to their desks feeling more energized and motivated.
In addition to contributing to your employees’ mental and physical well-being, there are a ton of advantages to creating healthy habits. Like, for example, the healthier your employees are, the less likely they are to get sick or call out of work.
It’s no secret that stress has a negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, money and work are the top two sources of significant stress for most Americans.
When people are stressed, they’re more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, like overeating or excessive alcohol consumption. The best way to reduce stress on the job is to make moderate exercise part of a regular routine. Physical activity releases endorphins in the brain and improves sleep, which in turn, helps reduce stress levels.
Sense of community
There’s a reason group exercise classes are all the rage these days. Sweating it out with a group increases motivation and makes people feel empowered. Not to mention, having a fitness professional coaching you throughout the workout encourages you to push yourself further.
When your employees work out together, they’ll build new relationships with the company and other employees, and everyone will benefit from these shared experiences.
An AFLAC Performance and Profitability report found that when a corporation shows it cares about its employees, both parties reap the rewards in the form of more satisfied workers. It also found that happier workers are more engaged and more productive employees. Healthy living doesn’t just make you look good; it also makes you feel better, too.
Ready to start your own corporate wellness program? Let Fitspot create a custom program for you!
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.