In recent years, we have seen a growing interest in implementing well-being programs and initiatives. Part of this efforts includes employee fitness programs, as they can have a positive impact on our staff members lives. Not only do these projects promote a healthy lifestyle, but also improve or employees’ productivity and motivation. Therefore, implementing a fitness program in the workplace should be a priority.
There are several aspects we need to consider before we start developing our own employee fitness program. First of all, we need to be fully aware of the benefits that come from such programs. Also, we need to keep in mind the facilities we have available. Offering attractive incentives and having a well-balanced program is important, too.
Know the Benefits of an Employee Fitness Program
The very first step to take before implementing an employee fitness program is learning about all the benefits these programs bring. This kind of programs not only benefit your employees, but they will benefit your company, too. As Recruiterbox mentions, these are some of the advantages of having an employee fitness program in the workplace:
- More productive employees
- Less office stress
- Fewer colds, flu and other illnesses
- Fewer office-related injuries
- Happier employees
Once we understand the importance of employee well-being initiatives, we can start planning and implementing our own employee fitness programs.
Keep Your Facilities in Mind
One of the most common challenges that business owners face when planning a fitness program is the facilities we have available. This will, to some extent, help us think of the activities our employees would be able to perform. If we have access to a green, open space, we might be able to include a wider variety of activities and sports. Also, we need to provide our employees with a place to change and shower if we want to promote vigorous exercise.
On the other hand, if we don’t have access to a large open space, we should try to find a place within the office where moderate exercise can be performed. Using a conference room for 30 min yoga or Pilates sessions tends to give great results. Regardless of the space that we have, we should always encourage our staff to remain active and healthy.
Offer Attractive Incentives
Offering attractive incentives to our employees is an essential part of successful fitness programs. We must always remember to motivate our staff to take part in our fitness efforts. This comes as part of building a healthy, well-being-centered culture within our company.
Offering incentives, try to offer some kind of reward for engaging in some kind of physical activity. Walking or biking to work, burning calories, exercising outside the office, and participating in workplace fitness programs should be rewarded. This will help them to get involved and eventually lead a healthy lifestyle.
Have a Well-Balanced Program
Coming up with the best, most effective employee fitness program might take a while. Finding the perfect balance between exercise and work may be harder than we originally thought. However, once we do, both our company and our employees will see the results.
When we are developing our fitness program, make sure to include a wide variety of activities and exercises. It is important to include fitness activities, general health exercises, and mental health and stress-release activities, too. Also, remember to include social activities, community service activities, and team building activities.