10 Reasons To Offer A Corporate Wellness Plan
By: Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor and member
At most health clubs, a corporate partnership is a discounted gym membership and not much else. At VIDA, we collaborate with you to create customized corporate wellness plans that include assessments, targeted solutions, and follow-ups. We’ll go above and beyond to create a healthy environment for your team. Here are 10 reasons you should work with VIDA to develop a corporate wellness plan.
It’ll encourage your employees to stick to those resolutions.
It’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions to lead healthier, fitter, and more active lives. Why not help your employees reach their goals? Providing a corporate wellness plan puts them on the right path for 2018 and beyond. As an added bonus, all VIDA members receive a complimentary VIDAFit consultation when they first join. This consultation gives members the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a VIDA personal trainer about their goals and objectives.
It can lead to more productivity.
Working out releases endorphins and boosts energy levels, which means employees are likely to be more focused and productive. Research shows that exercise can be just as effective as caffeine in fighting fatigue. Even short bursts of exercise can provide more long-term alertness and improved cognitive function. Best of all, VIDA offers group fitness classes throughout the day, so you can get to the gym when it’s most convenient for you.
It incentivizes employees to stay.
Corporate wellness plans provide employees with one more reason to stay at your organization. According to this Aflac report, workers who are offered wellness plans and take part in them are significantly more likely to be satisfied with their job. They’re also more likely to feel positively toward their employer, and consider their well-being better protected, compared to workers who aren’t offered wellness plans at all. Employees can take advantage of VIDA’s personal and small group training options to take their workouts to the next level.
It keeps you competitive in the marketplace.
With corporate wellness plans becoming more commonplace, workers have different expectations for what their benefits package should look like these days. After all, corporate wellness plans are a nearly $8 billion industry in the United States. Don’t get left behind! And since VIDA began right here in the District, you’ll be supporting a locally owned and operated company.
It’s a way to incorporate friendly competition.
When it comes to the future of corporate wellness plans, it’s all about data integration. Data-driven incentives are a great way to encourage some friendly competition among employees. The MYZONE Heart Rate Monitor does just that, enabling you to host company-wide challenges that will engage and motivate your team. The best part? VIDA members receive an exclusive discount on their MYZONE Heart Rate Monitor!
It can help lower health care costs.
According to a 2012 Gallup State of the American Workplace study, employees with “high overall well-being” have 41% lower health-related costs compared with employees who are “struggling” and 62% lower costs compared with employees who are “suffering.” Offering a corporate wellness plan is one way you can help ensure that workers feel that positive sense of well-being. And at VIDA, we truly offer something for everyone: state-of-the-art cardio equipment, free and machine weights, studio style classes, and personal training packages. People always find something they love at VIDA!
It’s the ultimate stress reliever.
Working out helps clear your head and alleviate stress after (or before) a long day. Employees who take advantage of a VIDA membership through your corporate wellness plan are likely to be less riddled with stress because they’ll be busy sweating it out! Plus, VIDA’s inner fitness classes like yoga, pilates mat, and barre provide members with an opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate in a low impact way.
It could lead to less sick leave usage.
Corporate wellness plans can translate into a more productive — and present — workforce. One 2012 review of 62 studies, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, found 25 percent lower sick leave usage among companies that had wellness plans. And here at VIDA, we know that wellness isn’t all about fitness. That’s why we offer nutritional counseling services with our team of registered, licensed dietitians.
It’s a healthy way to socialize.
While we appreciate a good post-work happy hour, bonding over booze isn’t always the best idea. With the right corporate wellness plan, employees can get to know each other at the gym, whether it’s attending a group fitness class or hitting the treadmill together. VIDA can also come to you! We can host special classes and programs in the comfort of your office or at your preferred VIDA location. We can even build a happy hour event (yes, with booze) around your team’s workout.
It fosters a sense of community.
As employees establish connections and build routines at the gym, they’ll also contribute to more camaraderie in the workplace. Trust us: If you’ve survived a set of burpees or a minute-long plank hold with someone, you’re going to be bonded in a pretty special way. From competing with a colleague in a MYZONE challenge to bringing a group to one of VIDA’s specialty classes (Karaoke Cycle, anyone?), we’ll help your team connect and grow together.