Being proactive about employee fitness is the latest development at many
workplaces – and for all the right reasons.
Employers are realizing the importance of incorporating this important aspect
of life into their organisations and one of the primary reasons for this
development is to improve productivity.
A fit and healthy employee can do more
tasks more efficiently than one who is not physically and mentally fit and not
suffer from the absenteeism often resulting from poor mental and physical
health with its resultant impact on productivity.
However, busy people pursuing their careers and balancing a family life
can make health and fitness goals a secondary priority due to time constraints.
The stats about work and fitness tell it all. Did you know that 61% of
employees are mentally and physically drained in their jobs?
Most of them suffer from this condition as a result of continuous work without
taking rests or any other form of physical or mental relief.
In a study it was found that the top five causes of missed workdays are fatigue,
sleeplessness, general body aches, anxiety and weight gain. Companies are
spending billions of money dealing with all these work-related health issues.
When asked about workplace fitness programs, 77% of employees said that they
would work out more if their employer introduced fitness equipment such as treadmills
in their workplace.
These types of statistics have motivated employers to introduce work and
wellness programs at their workplaces. Such programs are designed to meet
diverse needs of employees, keeping in mind that different people have
different health needs.
Let’s look at some of the health and fitness programs that are popular
Workplace fitness centres
Forget the commercial fitness centre in town. Companies are now
improvising on the little spare room they have to incorporate on-site fitness centres.
Although these centres may not be spacious, they have adequate space that can
accommodate a sizable number of
In addition to the standard workout equipment, such centres can also have
rock climbing walls and even swimming pools. To enhance their usage, companies
employ specialized fitness trainers to give their employees the much-needed
Smoking prevention programs
It’s clear that most companies still have employees who smoke
cigarettes. Although it may look like a non-essential issue, the results can be
quite damaging, especially to the company’s
productivity due to the health issues that are associated with smoking. The
smoking programs that many companies have introduced are aimed at sensitising
employees on economic and ethical issues related to smoking.
Yoga has numerous benefits both to the physical and mental state of the
person practicing it. A good percentage of employers have considered including
it in their workplace fitness programs. The best thing about yoga classes is
that any empty room at the workplace can be used for this program. The classes can
be conducted in unoccupied conference rooms, unused offices, and if the weather
allows, the rooftops can be perfect venues.
Yoga classes help employees to develop better postures, heal back pain,
get rid of stress, and recharge their bodies among others.
There are many workplace fitness programs and we have just highlighted
three of the most popular in this article, but many organisations, both big and
small are benefitting from a focus upon employee health and fitness. The good
news is that most of them report positive results on how the programs have
influenced their productivity and the general performance of their
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