Can Workplace Workouts Work for You?

For many in the workforce, there are simply not enough hours in the day, especially to commute to a gym before or after work. With this in mind, any workplace wellness program – space permitting – could benefit from wellness initiatives with physical activity components.

Onsite Wellness Programs

The advantages of an onsite program would benefit those looking to get a quality workout in. This gives workers the opportunity to be active during their lunches or after their workday is complete. Employers could even incentivize their workers further to utilize the space by implementing a rewards program to help encourage more in the office to participate. There are also opportunities to help foster a sense of teamwork within the office by challenging them to work together to achieve team goals.

According to health.gov, adults gain health benefits, such as better fitness, healthier body size and composition, when they do the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week.

Bringing Awareness to your Employer

Employees looking to get this on the radar of their employer can talk to their human resources manager to help make their case for wellness initiatives with physical activity and the benefits associated with it.

If there is no space where physical activities can be incorporated, other initiatives such as walking meetings, taking the stairs, bike programs and company step challenges can also be implemented to give coworkers more diversity in encouraging physical activity.

Summary

The goal of any wellness initiative is to lower health costs, enhance employee engagement and reduce absenteeism and turnover. By incorporating some time for physical activity, or a space dedicated to it, employers can help influence and motivate behavioral changes, which affect daily help habits, stress and an adoption of a wellness plan of their own.

Corporate wellness starts with the employees and knowing them is essential to the success of any initiative. However, employees sharing their ideas and voicing their opinions to help get plans turned into action aids in providing their employers the knowledge they need to make the proper changes.

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How Social Connections Can Enhance Your Wellness Program

Most Americans spend a third of their day at work. With that, most of their daily human interactions come are with their coworkers. These work relationships or social connections are incredibly important to employee well-being and it’s important for employers to understand the importance of social connections in the workplace.

Social Connections in the Workplace

The importance of these relationships can directly affect an employee’s stress level or happiness at their office. These interactions can have a negative impact on the employees work performance and health, if these are negative experiences, as not many are able to work as diligently when faced with high levels of stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can have negative effects to your body, mood, and behavior. The effects range from headache and are as serious as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Strong Social Connections Can Lead to Healthier Workplace

Employers who help support social connections in the workplace build a stronger and more cohesive work environment, which leads to a more successful workforce. Employees with strong social connections are typically healthier, according to the Mayo Clinic. The benefits of these connections:

  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
  • Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
  • Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Workplace Collaboration, Communication & Social Connections

It’s rare that employees go into work seeking to make friends or establish relationships with their coworkers because it can be difficult to find ways to relate to a coworker on a personal level that endears you to them. That is why it’s important that the employer promotes a workplace culture that encourages collaboration, communication and social interaction between employees. This helps foster a work environment that supports trust, a sense of belonging, respect and camaraderie amongst employees.

Some ways employers can look to help promote this initiative are:

  • Team building exercises: These activities should be fun and a way for workers to relax. Activities such as office trivia, escape room or even field trips (they’re not just for kids) is a great way to help build connections.
  • Team wellness challenges: While staying healthy is an individual aspect, many struggle with it because of lack of motivation. Creating a team walking or step challenge is a great way to help encourage social interactions and create a since of belonging.
  • Team meals: The easiest way to establish connections is to break bread together. Employers can host weekly or monthly team meal to help social engagement.
  • Open office areas: Depending on the size of a company, it’s easy to for employees in different departments to have no knowledge of one another. An open office area, or taking time out to introduce teammates from different departments a chance at social interaction that they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Summary

Strong social connections improve happiness and physical health, which can translate into better work performance. Just as important as an employer’s wellness offerings are is their fostering of a culture that supports social well-being among employees.

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Retrofit Named to List of Best and Brightest in Wellness

Promoting Health in the Workplace

Illinois-based wellness company, Retrofit, was recognized for promoting health in the workplace and community by being named to the nation’s list of Best and Brightest Companies and overall and Best and Brightest Companies in Wellness® by the National Association for Business Resources.

Retrofit Transforming Lives

Retrofit is a personalized, holistic weight-management and disease-prevention solution that is geared towards transforming lives and workplaces by improving health, happiness and performance. They deliver personalized attention of coaches, combined with live interactive classes, self-monitoring technology to encourage healthy behaviors and social support from expert-led community groups.

The Best and Brightest in WellnessTM is an awards competition that provides companies the opportunity to gain recognition and showcase their offerings in wellness.

Conclusion

Employees at Retrofit benefit from health perks such as access to the company’s weight-management and disease-prevention programs. There is also time-off to volunteer, flexible work schedules the option to work from home, unlimited paid time off, walking meetings, treadmill desks and exercise breaks during all company meetings.

The company has also been named a Great Place to Work, one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care, one of Illinois Healthiest Employers and a Best Workplace for Women.