These days, more and more companies are embracing the idea of ‘investing’ in the wellness and health of their employees. From a small startup software company all the way to large corporations, management for companies around the world are realizing that the smart, natural and effective way to boost employee productivity, increase sales, and maintain a healthy and positive work environment is through exercise. How can something as seemingly rudimental as physical exercise result in so many benefits in the workplace?
The answer to that question lies in multiple parts, and that’s what CSS Fitness is going to break down in today’s blog post. Our corporate fitness program is a great way for local companies and business travelers alike to get active during the often-stressful work week. Besides corporate fitness programs, CSS Fitness offers the Scottsdale area full-service gym membership packages, complete with the latest and greatest in gym technology. Let’s take a deeper look at the benefits of a corporate fitness program from CSS Fitness.
It’s Simple: Healthy Employees Take Fewer Sick Days
For employees to be present and productive, believe it or not, they have to attend work, which is a lot more pleasant and easier to do when they’re in good health. Sick or injured employees are a drain on the company to deal with, so it’s in the employee’s and the employer’s best interest to make health and well-being programs easily accessible to help everyone stay in peak health.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), employees who are overweight take more sick days than their slimmer colleagues. On average, overweight and obese employees miss anywhere from an additional two days to one week of workdays that are not typically missed by employees with a healthier weight. The CDC has even said the following about several direct benefits about promoting a corporate fitness program:
“Companies that support workplace health have a greater percentage of employees at work every day…Similarly, workplace health programs can reduce presenteeism – the measurable extent to which health symptoms, conditions, and diseases adversely affect the work productivity of individuals who choose to remain at work.”
Overall, a corporate well-being program that encourages and makes it easier to be healthy and make healthy eating choices at the office can have a profound impact on an employee’s overall health and may help cut down on the number of sick days and lost productivity.
Exercise Reduces Stress That Affects Productivity
Thousands if not millions of Americans commonly report experiencing stress based on work or other reasons, and this is hardly a secret. A 2015 survey by the American Psychological Association found that a significant number of adults report feeling stressed about multiple facets of life, broken down as follows:
- 64% are stressed about money and financial-related matters
- 60% experience work-related stress
- 47% have stress about family responsibilities
- 46% are (ironically) stressed about health concerns
Employers should pay attention to this kind of data because in addition to the time workers spend distracted at the workplace, stress itself is connected a range of health issues, which ultimately results in lost productivity. So besides health-related absenteeism, stress can be a direct cause for unnecessary missed work days and an overall drop in employee engagement and productivity. In fact, The Harvard Business Review reported that 550 million workdays are missed each year due to job-related stress. That’s a huge deal!
The effect of stress on productivity should be a major cause of concern for organizations, as should the diverse sources of stress. Stress is frustrating because it doesn’t seem to be something tangible and easy-to-fix, and yet it results in very real, very tangible consequences for our productivity and health. People are stressed out about many more things than their health, so a successful corporate wellness program from CSS Fitness will help an organization improve the overall quality of health and resulting stress from multiple facets of life.
Make Your Employees Feel Valued and Empowered
When an organization, corporation, or company doesn’t seem to value an employee or their work, people naturally aren’t going to want to return the favor or go the extra mile in their work by taking pride in what they do. After all, why would you want to put in extra effort at work when at the end of the day (or fiscal quarter, for that matter), you feel like you’re nothing more than a name on a piece of paper to your company? The Harvard Business review also chimes in about this matter:
“In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time.”
So what’s the bottom line about making employees feel valued and empowered? Simply put, companies that show that they care about their employees end up with more engaged and happily employed workers. Indeed, a corporate fitness program or wellness program not only helps employees achieve a happier and healthier life, it also proves that the company is willing to take steps to improve their employee’s quality and life and overall happiness both inside and outside of work. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the type of company that an employee wants to invest their time and efforts in.
Promote Health Education At The Office
Additional studies have shown that employees tend to focus on their daily responsibilities rather than long-term issues such as their health. As a result, this often causes employees to overlook how their bodies are influenced and impacted by their work environments over time. Utilizing the workplace as a platform to promote awareness of health and wellness helps employers encourage their employees to maintain their health outside of their specific wellness programs.
Social forms of communication such as posters, community building activities, and places for dialogue can encourage employees to actively learn about the factors that impact their health and to make choices that will benefit their bodies in the long run. This method of health education further benefits employers by showing their investment in employee wellness, without mandating participation in a program. This is also a way for companies to show employees the link between health and workplace productivity.
Get Involved With a Corporate Fitness Program at CSS Fitness
There’s no better time than now for your company to take its next steps to better health and increased productivity! At CSS Fitness, our Scottsdale gym and strength training center wants to see your health improve just as much as we want to see your business and employees succeed. We all deserve to feel and perform our very best, so why not get in touch with us today or learn more about our programs? We can’t wait to hear from you!