The benefits of exercise stretch much farther than the physical results we see and hear about. Losing weight, building muscle and toning up are great as results, but the not-so-visible benefits are just as valuable, if not more.
Active people are all-around happier, healthier and lead more enriched lives, and each of those qualities spill over into how impactful they are on your business. This isn’t just another article about giving your employees a fitness benefit to lower your healthcare costs, though let’s not dismiss that as being any less important. It’s about the many ways, measurable and immeasurable, that active employees can impact your business.
Let’s dive in.
What defines an “active” employee?
Every organization will define this differently, and it comes down to their own culture. At Peerfit, we define being “active” as physically moving for twenty minutes or more at one time. On average, active employees engage in physical activity two to three times per week. Of course, the type of activity varies and can include walking, taking group fitness classes, weight-training… the list goes on.
If you don’t have one already, consider adding fitness initiatives to your wellness programs that encourage activity inside the workplace as well as outside of it.
Impacting the business
First things first, it’s important to address the health-related benefits of having active employees. By encouraging their employees to be active, companies are proactive in keeping their employees healthy and well. This shift from reactive to proactive efforts means you’ll spend less money on health-care costs, claims utilizations and worker’s comp, to name a few.
Active people make present employees. They have an increased energy level which enables them to stay alert and maintain deeper focus. Not to mention, their productivity level drastically increases. They’re in better health and get sick less often than inactive people, leading to a decrease in absenteeism
People that are active experience higher endorphin levels than those that don’t engage in physical activity. This means they’re happier and take things in with a positive mentality. The more active your employees are, the more enjoyable they’ll find their work, which means you’ll have less turnover on your hands. Additionally, companies with happy employees are praised as being amongst the top places to work, further helping you attract top talent.
We’re still tapping into the full potential of workplace wellness and we need to embrace the fact that we might not always be able to see the results of our wellness programs. In the business world, we often get caught up with measuring value by tracking numbers. In most cases, this is an absolute. With wellbeing programs, it’s time we stop focusing on the return on investment and start focusing on the value of investment. It’s time we redefine wellness, together.