It’s a dream scenario for every employer: a program that encourages employees to work harder, increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, and perform better. Yet according to a recent survey of American workers at growing businesses with 10 to 1,000 workers, employers need to wake up to the power of offering employees a fitness center discount.
“Employees in the survey cite a fitness center discount as their top wellness benefit, which differs from the more passive online wellness information, educational tools and resources employers tend to offer,” said Jim Inman, owner, Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis. “Investing in the health and wellness of your employees is simply good business, and promoting wellness in the workplace is something every company, regardless of size and budget, can do.”
The nationally-certified health & fitness professionals at Elite Athletic Development work with area companies in a variety of ways to create a culture of wellness. Elite Athletic Development offers companies—large or small—discounts and incentives for employees to participate in the programs.
“We bring our award-winning group exercise classes to your work location, host work groups at our North Arlington Heights or Downtown Arlington Heights locations, develop hands-on workshops, and work with company leadership to structure incentive and reward programs to encourage sustainable participation,” said Inman.
Inman says the benefits of custom wellness programming for work groups is well worth the investment, a statement supported by Lee Dukes, president of Principal Wellness Company, a subsidiary of survey sponsor the Principal Financial Group.
“Employers who embrace a culture of wellness in their workplaces can benefit in return with not only costs-savings but healthier and more engaged employees,” said Dukes.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 52 percent of workers (up from 37 percent last year) said they have more energy to be more productive at work by participating in a wellness program
- Another 35 percent (up from 28 percent a year ago) said that they have missed fewer days of work by participating in a wellness program.
- 41 percent of the workers surveyed agree that having a wellness program encourages them to work harder and perform better at work.
- 45 percent of workers chose better overall physical health as the top benefit to participating in a wellness program.
The Elite Athletic Development training program is inspired by CrossFit and forged by work during more than 38,000 athlete visits since 2006. Steeped in a functional fitness philosophy, Elite Athletic Development programming helps the “every day” athlete achieve their health & fitness goals in a supportive community-based setting, and under the guidance of nationally certified performance coaches. For more information on Elite Athletic Development’s Workplace Wellness program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847.394.8110.