Josh Billings said, “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”
This cannot come in a better time. Did you know that more than 1/3rd of Americans are obese or overweight? And about 86 million Americans have prediabetes? This number continues to grow. Physical and emotional health is truly tested in recent times, thereby negatively affecting the individual’s capability. This, in turn, is affecting employers with increased healthcare costs and dealing with absenteeism, etc. To tackle this issue, a corporate fitness program was introduced. It was planned for encouraging and supporting the employee 👨💻 as well as for the overall well-being of the organization.
Is It Important and Necessary?
In short, yes. A lot of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes can be controlled or managed effectively, with lifestyle changes. If companies come forward in creating and educating a wellness program, it can lead to the well-being of employees and also yields a great ROI with $2.71 for $1. It also boosts the company’s morale and increases productivity.
How to Create a Stellar Corporate Fitness Programs?
Before you begin creating a corporate fitness program, you need to test the fitness level of the employees with a doctor evaluation, based on that you can create programs such as:
- Gym at work: This age-old method of having a fitness center 🏋️at the office seems repetitive, but it works. You might not be able to provide a huge gym with multiple fitness equipment and a personal trainer. But you can offer a few basic types of equipment like a treadmill, exercise bike 🚵♀️, a weekly once aerobics class, etc. People are most likely to use the equipment at work since they do not have to travel.
- Healthy Lunch and Snacks: The office cafeteria predominately has coffee and unhealthy snacks. If you want to bring in some small changes, this is a perfect place to start. Start offering healthy snacks along with healthy drinks such as green tea, kombucha, etc. And, most often people take a rushed 30-minute break or sometimes have a working lunch. This should change! A 60-90-minute lunch break will help them regroup, de-stress, and improve productivity. It also will help them interact with other team members.
- Yoga Class: Offering to pay for your employee’s yoga classes 🧘 at least once or twice a week is a great way to incorporate a wellness program. Yoga has proven to reduce stress and also a great way to focus clearly. Some companies create a small meditation room or even have a class in conference rooms which is a great way to get all employees together.
- Naps: A good power nap 😴can make the employees’ mind alert, especially post-lunch. Having a dedicated nap room will keep employees from getting burnt out, especially if they are working for long hours. It can also be a reading room, where people disconnect from work for a bit and read a few pages.
- Wellness Challenges: Nothing motivates an individual than a good challenge. Providing a fitness tracker to your employees and fixing a challenge can be a healthy yet bonding exercise. You can make a team chat room, make it social, etc. to involve more employees. As an employer, you can also sponsor for walkathon or marathon races, which will push them to train harder.
- Quit Smoking Programs: It is a known fact that people who smoke take more breaks than necessary and are also at a greater health risk compared to non-smokers. Some workplaces have initiated this program, which includes medical, phycological, and lifestyle assistance. One such company is Union Pacific, which got its numbers down from 40% in the 1990s to 17% in 2007. This is a very personal program and may have to deal patiently as well as discreetly.
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