Fitness in a Box: Part Three


Challenges of Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs


Along with all the benefits of fitness and wellness programs come implementation challenges for HR teams. Some roadblocks to success include:


Tedious Manual Processes

Without an automated program in place to manage fitness and wellness programs, HR teams are responsible for every step of the process. They need to:

  • Design and create programs
  • Select and vet vendors
  • Schedule classes or sessions
  • Promote programs
  • Encourage employee participation
  • Gather and analyze feedback
  • Pay vendors
  • Collect employee payment (when applicable)


Running fitness and wellness programs this way adds a massive administrative burden to departments that are already overworked.



Fragmented System Management Causes Disconnected Data

To manage the above steps for implementing fitness and wellness programs, HR and benefits teams often stitch together a flow using a number of different platforms, like Google sheets, shared calendars, flyers (tabletop tents and banners), promotions and e-surveys.


Without a consistent, streamlined method for creating, promoting and measuring the effect of fitness and wellness programs, it’s difficult to know whether the programs are working. And without that concrete data, benefit teams can’t prove to management that the programs are worth continuing or expanding.


Inability to Offer Equivalent Programming to Remote Employees

In today’s workplace culture, companies are rarely completely contained in a single office or on one campus. Remote employees and satellite offices are the new norm. To avoid making those employees feel siloed or isolated, companies need to offer the same benefits and opportunities to everyone.


But fitness and wellness programs are often scheduled on site, making it impossible to extend the same experience to remote and satellite employees. And scaling those programs to include vendors, classes and seminars in different locations increases HR’s administrative burden.


For workplace fitness and wellness programs to be effective, they need to be managed in a simple way that also offers an exceptional user experience to both HR teams and employees.


Keep reading, there’s more. Move on to our final piece: Fitness in a Box Part Four: There’s a Better Way
Return to Fitness in a Box Part Two: The Benefits of Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs


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