Here at CreteDoc, we believe workplace fitness should be a priority. According to a study by the International Labor Organization, 85.8% of men and 66.5% of women in the U.S. work more than 40 hours per week. Also, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 60% of employees do not get enough exercise. We strive to change those statistics.
1. Workplace Fitness Lowers Your Healthcare Costs
Healthy employees cost less than unhealthy employees… go figure! “Recent studies by the University of Michigan, for instance, show that employers who emphasize fitness can save an average of: $1,100 a year for every employee who stops smoking, $1,200 a year on employees who lower their cholesterol levels from 240 mg to 190 mg and $177 a year for each worker who sheds enough pounds to move from obesity (more than 30 pounds overweight) to a healthy weight” (corporatewellnessmagazine.com).
2. Less Absenteeism
What is absenteeism? Absenteeism is repetitively staying away from work without a reason. Active employees are at work more often than employees who do not make fitness a priority. According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, within six years after creating an employee health and well-being department, the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, reported that lost work days had declined by 80%.
3. Less Stress in the Workplace
“According to the February 2011 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch, exercise has the ability to both exhilarate and to relax and can serve to counter depression and to dissipate stress. Clinical results also have shown that workers sleep better after exercise and are able to lower both their cholesterol and blood pressure levels by following a regular exercise plan” (Corporate Wellness Magazine). At CreteDoc, we make it a priority to get our morning grind in at Lift STL! This ultimately reduces stress for our team.
4. Encourages Better Work Performance
An example is the Biltmore tourism organization, which reported a decrease in employee turnover rate from 19% in 2005 to 9% in 2009 after starting an employee wellness program. We strive to perform our best for our team itself and for our clients and customers who rely on us.
5. Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Ultimately, a team who works out together, stays together. Working out as a team increases your bond and overall sense of greater teamwork.
An employer who cares about the team’s mental and physical health is doing it right. We believe physical and mental health is crucial for our team to succeed. Supporting each other’s health increases productivity and overall wellness. This results in a healthy workplace and environment.
Source Material: https://www.corporatewellnessmagazine.com/article/five-benefits-workplace-fitness-culture