Today, the average American spends at least 13 hours a day sitting, and another 8 hours sleeping. Have you done that math yet? That’s a whopping 21 hours spent sedentary—TWENTY-ONE HOURS PEOPLE. Between commuting, working, meals, and lounging time, we’re well on our way to becoming the humans in Wall-e floating around in chairs with a screen in front of our face.
Corporate wellness programs have never been more important, and when the facts are laid out, it should be one of the easiest decisions your company makes.
In this article, we aim to educate you about corporate wellness programs and give you some ideas on how to convince your boss that starting a corporate wellness program will benefit the employees, and your productivity reports.
Wellness is a business decision
This is the easiest argument you could make for corporate wellness and Arianna Huffington couldn’t have said it better when she said, “big business is finally realizing that the health of their employees and the health of their bottom line are inseparable. In other words, big business has learned that wellness is good business.”
With “sitting disease” becoming an epidemic companies are turning to the holistic solution to workplace productivity and incorporating ways for their employees to be healthier, inside and outside the office.
Know your facts:
- Studies show that for every $1 invested in workplace wellness, companies can receive up to $4 in return through reduced employee absenteeism, reduced health insurance costs, higher productivity, and lower employee turnover
- Employees enrolled in a corporate wellness program have higher morale and are more loyal
- Companies with a strong culture of health have better financial outcomes and lower employee turnover
It’s truly is a one size fits all solution
Fact: There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t benefit from exercise.
Wellness isn’t just for the middle-management or the staff, this solution can benefit everyone on your team, from CEO to support staff. When people add more activity to their day they will perform better and feel less stressed, which in turn boosts company morale. It’s in your boss’s best interest to create resources in the workplace that support stress reduction, better nutrition, exercise and work-life balance. It doesn’t matter who you are, you were built to move more.
The government is on your side
In 2010 the government passed a provision to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that grants money to qualifying small businesses with fewer than 100 employees if they offer a “health-contingent wellness plan”. Employers can get 20-30% of their costs for group health insurance which requires employees to achieve certain wellness goals (such as not smoking). Find out more about ACA.
Talk to them about it
This seems like the most simple of steps, but sitting down and having a serious conversation with your boss about the benefits of a wellness program is the easiest way to get results. Bonus points for doing your homework beforehand and knowing the facts.
Try, try again
If your boss doesn’t immediately go for the idea, don’t let it get your spirits down. If you run into this situation, you can always try starting a small wellness initiative on your own to get started. Start an afternoon walking group and afterward ask them how the rest of their day at the office went. Were they more productive? Did they feel better?
Proof in the concept.
If your boss still says no, you can call in the reinforcements. TriFIT would love to set up a meeting to discuss a wellness initiative that can work for the company and its employees.