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Working Out at Work: Our Thoughts on Corporate Wellness

Working Out at Work: Our Thoughts on Corporate Wellness

By Geoff Robison | In Fitness, News | on July 5, 2016

Working out at work has huge benefits for productivity, collaboration and mood. After all, Americans spend one third of their day at work. It’s the American culture, the American dream, the American lifestyle. Studies show that ages 18 through 65 spend 8.7 hours of the day working, 7.7 hours sleeping, and the rest of their time is allotted to caring for others, eating, drinking and other leisurely activities. Considering that Americans spend most of their time at work, it’s common to see that they are more susceptible to displaying both healthy and unhealthy behaviors in the workplace.

Chronic illnesses are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths for Americans every year. In 2009, 2.2 trillion dollars were spent on medical care costs for chronic illnesses. Are we shocked by these numbers and is it enough to motivate us to implement workplace wellness?

When we spend most of our time at work, we are giving up other parts of our lives- such as physical activity. Sitting at a desk all day affects your posture/ spine, flexibility, metabolism, and creates a sedentary lifestyle which becomes the norm over time. Those factors play a large role in the productivity, morale, and overall happiness in and out of work. If we spend 36% of our day at work, it would make the most sense to receive preventative care and treatment options from our companies.

This is where corporations and local community businesses join forces. Instead of businesses hiring in-house dietitians, personal trainers, and group fitness instructors, they can link up with local studios in the area to promote health promotion.

The benefit for employers:

  • Quality benefits that include fitness memberships at a discounted rate
  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Reduced medical and disability costs
  • Higher job satisfaction among employees
  • Increased positive interaction and teamwork

The benefit for employees to use a workplace wellness program:

  • Learn healthier behaviors to apply in and out of the workplace
  • Increased energy, productivity, morale, stamina
  • Decreased depression, anxiety, stress, injuries
  • Increased employee loyalty and decision making
  • Reduced back, neck, and shoulder pain from sitting at a desk

Fitness studios are constantly popping up in urban and rural cities all over the country. The concept of ‘something for everyone’ is becoming a mainstay trend. Personal training facilities with showers, lunchtime hours, and and on-site seminars are the trojan horse for working professionals. Training sessions are geared towards flexibility-seekers, desk-warriors, fitness-fanatics, health-recoveries, and so much more. Employers who team up with fitness studios know that they are creating a priceless bond for their workers. Employees are well-taken care of in small fitness studios that focus on the individual’s health, strength, and movement.

Workplace wellness program implementation statistics:

  • 27% reduction in sick absenteeism
  • 26% reduction in health costs
  • 32% reduction in workers’ compensation claims
  • $5.81 to $1 savings to cost ratio for using wellness

Healthy employees are happier employees? At Custom Kinetics we offer customized corporate wellness plans for companies of all sizes and needs? Interested in learning more? Contact Us!

 

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