Fitness Benefits Are Essential For Remote Employees
Give Permission to Take Breaks
Over the years, some employers have architected
a decidedly pressured culture in which workers are
encouraged to work as many hours as possible,
making work-life balance an unlikely endeavor. Elon
Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, famously admitted
to often working 120 hours per week. The point is
this: you can set a culture built on thriving rather
than surviving. You want your employees to know
their well-being matters. Giving them permission to
prioritize workouts is one way to do just that. In fact,
12 pm is now the most popular time to work out, so
consider that data point when encouraging program
participation. Normalize away messages on Slack
that celebrate taking a walk or a midday workout
break. Let your team know it’s ok to step away from
their email inbox and get recharged for the rest of the
Pick Benefits That Are Flexible to Further
Providing well-designed fitness benefit programs
is proof of your commitment as a good employer.
These benefits can increase retention -- 88% of
professionals say they are more likely to recommend
a workplace that supports their well-being.
Though we don’t know exactly when it will happen,
the pandemic will eventually wane and our way
of living and working will evolve once more.
ClassPass survey data shows that the vast majority
of professionals (92%) hope to return to fitness
studios and gyms in 2021. Half of the respondents
are planning a hybrid mix of in-studio and at-home
workouts in 2021, while 40% plan to return
exclusively to in-studio workouts when they feel safe
to do so. Seek benefits that provide your team with
virtual options now, and both virtual and in-person
options when gyms and studios reopen.
No matter what 2021 has in store for us, you can empower
your team with fitness and wellness activities
that provide stress relief, energy and productivity
boosts, and increased connectedness and engagement
Nicole Wolfe is Head of Corporate Programs at ClassPass. Nicole works with businesses to design
the most cost-effective, customizable and employee-centric wellness program available in the market,
working to shift the corporate wellness landscape from calorie counting to comprehensive programs
that truly reward health behaviors such as workouts, meditation and self-care.
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