It is important to remember that our most important assets are our employees. We want our employees to enjoy their work environment, and to bring the best of themselves to their jobs every day. Encouraging our employees to embrace fitness as a lifestyle choice pays off in numerous ways ...
An investment in a workplace gym can produce a return of money spent on employee health because of a significant reduction in employee absenteeism and overall health benefits. A workplace gym translates into healthy, energized and confident employees, giving exponential returns for a company ...
As workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread throughout the country, the buzz is catching on. The bottom line of such programs is this: healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive employees. These programs range from simply offering information to workers, to subsidized healthy lunches, fitness education, and ...
Costs for care, costs for absenteeism, vendor costs, the cost of doing nothing…there has been a lot of chatter and posturing online recently about this information as it relates to corporate wellness. In case you’re not quite up to speed on all the cost-related information, here’s an infographic ...
As business owners or managers, it is important to remember that our most important assets are our employees. We want our employees to enjoy their work environment, and to bring the best of themselves to their jobs every day. Encouraging our employees to embrace fitness as a lifestyle choice pays off in numerous ways.
Article by Bob Doyle.
At work, there are days when projects don’t seem to end, deadlines can’t be met, customers can’t be satisfied, and colleagues can’t agree on a solution. The stress of these situations on employees affects the company through frequent absences. According to Calgary Corporate Fitness, a Canadian company specializing in workplace health solutions, an investment in a workplace gym can produce a return of up to $10 for each dollar spent on employee health because of a significant reduction in employee absenteeism and overall health benefits. A workplace gym translates into healthy, energized and confident employees, giving exponential returns for a company.
The workplace can negatively affect an employee’s sense of balance and wellness if employees can’t cope with their stress. A workplace gym provides an outlet to relax the mind and body for employees to regain a sense of control. Exercise increases serotonin levels and releases endorphins in the brain which creates a better mood and positive outlook on life. It helps employees focus productively on projects and tasks. The social aspect of exercise creates happiness to stimulate conversation and enhance creativity for a positive effect at the workplace. Physically fit employees have energy overall to contribute to the workplace at their optimal level.
Team Building - In addition to being a personal haven, a workplace gym can provide employees with a convenient and healthy outlet for team building. Lunchtime yoga or a Zumba class at the gym breaks up the day, allowing employees to share a common interest. Exercising at lunch fits into the busy schedules of many employees. Some employees might be motivated to come to work earlier to enjoy the benefits of the workplace gym and start the day with their colleagues on a positive note. Others might prefer to relieve their stress at the end of the day. A workplace gym provides team building benefits from dawn to dusk.
Sense of Accomplishment - The convenience of a workplace gym provides employees with an incentive to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Setting and achieving fitness goals and feeling a sense of pride with the results mirror the qualities held by valuable employees and recognizing a feeling of accomplishment brings a healthy attitude to the workplace. Fit employees who approach their tasks more easily and face deadlines in the same manner accomplish tasks and are able to revel in a sense of achievement.
Bottom's Up - According to Calgary Corporate Fitness, a workplace gym increases a company's bottom line. The company states, "For each dollar spent on employee health, the return is between $2.30 and $10.10." A workplace gym creates a sense of motivation for employees to come to work, hence reducing absenteeism. The adrenaline from working out increases employees' performance and productivity. Employees who participate in the fitness programs offered feel healthier overall, which reduces company health care premiums.
It's a win-win situation for both companies and employees.
Article by Priti Ramjee, Demand Media
As workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread throughout the country, the buzz is catching on. The bottom line of such programs is this: healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive employees. These programs range from simply offering information to workers, to subsidized healthy lunches, fitness education, and a company gym. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. Here is why workplace wellness programs should matter to you.
The benefits for employers are obvious. They provide the company with strategic advantages by investing money in a program that will hopefully bring them lowered expenses in return, often in the form of better performing workers, and lower absenteeism and health care costs. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. By providing workers with these services, companies are improving wellbeing and job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company.
So why should you, as an employee, take advantage of a workplace wellness program? Every person has some sort of health risk to varying degrees, whether it’s unhealthy eating, lack of exercise or sleep, drinking, smoking, or even something genetic. Using a program can make positive change happen. Not only will you be more able to complete your job responsibilities, but you will have more energy and vigor to give to your family and friends when you get home.
Workplace wellness programs can help you get healthier, even if that simply means learning how to reduce stress and muscle strain when you are on the job. Depending on what your company offers, it might also help to lose weight, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, sleep better, and save money on prescriptions. Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to get the ball rolling and a workplace wellness plan might be it.
Another great benefit of wellness programs is a built sense of camaraderie with your co-workers. You’ll have a chance to experience activities with them that aren’t related to work, whether in a walking club or sports team, by having lunch together, or by going to the gym. Social support is a very important part of weight loss and getting fit. By interacting with co-workers, you’ll have others to give you encouragement when you need it, as well as to hold you accountable to your goals. Plus, you’ll be motivated by seeing other’s positive results. By using a wellness program, you’ll be an important part of the team.
Costs for care, costs for absenteeism, vendor costs, the cost of doing nothing…there has been a lot of chatter and posturing online recently about this information as it relates to corporate wellness. In case you’re not quite up to speed on all the cost-related information, here’s an infographic that will give you some compelling, high-level numbers and information to digest. As corporate wellness goes, there’s a ton out there on ROI too. Whether it’s accurate is up for debate. If you’ve read anything we’ve put out over the last several years, you know that NIFS falls into the “do for your employees, not to your employees” camp when it comes to workplace wellness. When you treat your employees well and you provide the right services and amenities for the right reasons, there will be value to the business.
While an onsite fitness centre isn’t the right choice for every business, it is an amenity that falls squarely into our “for your employees” philosophy. If you have any heart for taking care of your employees like you take care of your business, here are three reasons you should be strongly considering adding a fitness center to your overall worksite wellness strategy.
Your talented people are what make your business thrive. Technology matters, bricks and mortar play a role (most of the time), and other physical and cultural elements contribute to your success, but at the end of the day, it’s your people who make your business what it is. And you’re counting on them to perform at the top of their game.Making it easy for your employees to exercise (through a corporate fitness centre, for example) is one way to keep your smart and highly valuable employees using their talents for the benefit of your business. Compelling research has shown that adults who exercise reap more than just the physical benefits of movement. One study showed that
The physical health benefits of regular exercise are so well documented that I won’t bore you with study after study here. Let me just take this opportunity to remind you of how easy it is to support your employees as they search for ways to get in the minimum recommended levels of exercise each day or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week.
What you may not realize is that the health benefits of exercise can still be achieved if the 150 minutes is broken up into very small increments throughout the day. Yes, 10 to 15 minutes of movement two to three times each day is enough. So you can start to see the math add up on allowing flexible schedules for walk breaks, or short group exercise class opportunities, as viable ways to help your crew move more.
A corporate fitness centre falls squarely under the “Employee Benefits” category, and the link between benefits and turnover has been well studied. Turnover, although regarded by some as a positive for business (fresh ideas, new energy, lose the dead weight, etc.), is still expensive.