Big or small, your company’s bottom line relies on the productivity of your employees. You may have the best of talent, but if your employees are sitting sedentary at their desks for eight hours straight with no motivation, those talented minds become inactive.
If you notice your employees are starting to lose motivation, productivity is down, morale is low, it may be a great time to incorporate some high energy activities into the workplace and fitness classes are a really effective way to do just that! A 2011 study, published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, showed that incorporating just 2.5 hours of exercise per week into the workday led to a noticeable reduction in absences. Perhaps most importantly, fit and healthy workers are less prone to exactly the kinds of preventable, debilitating illnesses, that take such a heavy toll on our families and our society.
There are many ways to incorporate fitness into the workplace. First, you will need to look at your budget for wellness programming to see if it is feasible to partner with a wellness vendor who offers onsite fitness classes. The next step would be performing an employee interest survey to gather what fitness classes are appealing to your employees and also finding out what time of day would best fit their schedules. Some of the most popular classes offered by Alyfe are Zumba, Yoga, and Strictly Strength.
You can also encourage fitness and an active lifestyle in the workplace by thinking outside of the box. Here are some ideas to help motivate active lifestyles in your workplace.
- Offer gym membership discounts
- Offer discounts or purchase fitness wearables for your employees
- Take part in fun, energetic team wellness challenges
- Standing desks/workstations
- Incorporate walking meetings
- Add signage by elevator and encourage stair use
- Walk to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question instead of sending an e-mail
- Set computer reminders to get up and move
There are many ways to incorporate fitness into your workplace. If you have the budget to build an onsite fitness facility or if you simply create a policy that all meetings will be walking meetings, you are showing your employees you care. It shows your employees that their health and wellbeing is important to the company they work for and the positive health benefits will be an added bonus.