Fitness in a Box: Part One
Getting Started: Defining Fitness and Wellness Programs
In today’s tight labor market, employers are approaching employee satisfaction and retention in more creative ways. Competitive compensation and traditional benefits aren’t enough to foster a real connection between employees and the workplace. Instead, organizations need to find more valuable ways to hold onto their talented employees.
Workplace fitness and wellness programs not only provide value for employees, but they also create a cycle of health that translates across the entire organization.
What Are Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs?
Fitness and wellness programs aren’t exactly new, but they’ve surged in popularity in recent years.
These programs are organized initiatives the company creates for its employees. They’re designed to help reduce health risks, enhance effectiveness, improve quality of life and benefit the company’s bottom line. (1)
How Do They Work?
When employees prioritize work over their health, both end up suffering. Late hours, convenience food, lack of exercise and no personal time all add up to burnout and poor performance.
Workplace fitness and wellness programs give employees the tools and the opportunity to improve their health and well-being. And because these programs are company-driven, employees are less likely to feel like they’re missing work to participate.
Types of Fitness and Wellness Programs
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness and wellness programs. Instead, they encompass any company-driven initiative that helps employees improve their health and behavior.
Corporate Fitness Programs
Examples of fitness programs include:
- Yoga classes
- Pilates classes
- Zumba classes
- Boot camps
- Bike-to-work days
- Hiking or running clubs
Employee Wellness Programs
But being healthy doesn’t just mean exercising. Many other health initiatives have benefits for employees, too. Examples of on-site wellness programs include:
- Meditation sessions
- Doctor, dental and vision check-ups
- Nutrition seminars
- Smoking cessation courses
Want to learn more about fitness and wellness programs? Move on to: Fitness in a Box Part Two: The Benefits of Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs
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