Winter is settling in and now the colder months are here, how can we ensure that employees will continue to stay on top of their health and wellbeing.
We’ve already written blogs giving you the insight to how you can use technology to improve employee’s health and wellbeing and promoting a happier, healthier workforce. However, to accomplish this you need to figure out how you’re going to incorporate fitness into the workplace.
Improving employee’s fitness can have significant benefits for organisations, it’s no secret that being more active can result in increased productivity and a boost in wellbeing. Even the smallest amount of exercise can deliver some significant health improvements.
Having a good understanding of the workforce is key to maximising these benefits. There are plenty of different ways an employer can motivate employees to improve their fitness.
Offering employee benefits, schemes such as a cycle to work, gym scheme or even a subsidized gym membership can help to promote a more active workforce. Offering a cost effective solution to becoming a healthier employee is a highly desirable value employees will look for, something that in the long term could also improve rates of retention.
But, while all of these initiatives can motivate employees to improve fitness, they might not always have a broad reach and desire. The trouble with these types of fitness initiatives is they only engage with employees who are already doing something. They won’t reach the ones that would really benefit from improving their fitness.
Fitness for all
Offer something simple that every employee can take part in e.g. persuade employees to take part in a lunch time walk or encourage them to take the stairs rather than relying on the office lifts can help. Subsidizing gym classes or organising a class specifically for your employees such as spinning, yoga, pilates or swimming may urge the inexperienced gym goer to try something new.
Other examples could be something less physical but more health conscious, such as a collaborative weight-loss campaign. This could be supplemented with advice on healthy eating, lunch time alternatives, exercise or even wearable technology can all create a fitness buzz in the office.
A good idea would be to ask employees what they’d be more interested in before you begin.
Avoid words like ‘fitness’ because it can put off less active employees, think ‘activity’ instead. A programme that is habit forming such as a walking challenge or stair prompts helps engage employees and create physical relationships between co-workers and by including a fun and competitive edge to the campaign you’ll almost certainly see a higher rate of engagement and participation.