About 3 years ago, I enrolled myself in a practical philosophy class in the suburbs of northern California that taught me the power of meditation and calming the mind in an atmosphere where others share the same desire. With the ongoing stresses at the workplace, I left my corporate job to focus on supporting the mission of wellness.
1. What are some of the benefits of creating a wellness-focused workplace?
Creating a corporate wellness program has many benefits:
Improve the health of the employees
Reduce healthcare cost
Boost employee morale & culture
Workplace should be an environment of balance and happiness.
Motivate team collaboration & creativity
Attract & retain the best talent
Spark employee engagement
Drive productivity with a work-life balance approach
A philosophy we strive to live by!
2. What are some tips that virtually any business can adopt?
Take the simple approach to wellness and focus seasonally on topics
Here is an easy way to start-
January – May: Focus on finding & recognizing your internal champions who can support the program over their tenure
June – December: Address the interests of the employees to show value of the initial participation, then see the return
Incentives can be harmful. Being healthy is not a sales job.
We caution incentives as being the main driver for participation. When you are building a culture of wellness internally, the last thing you want is to be building the wrong behaviors early on.
Focus on social connections.
When there is transparency between colleagues, people are more willing to participate and engage in non-performance related employer sponsored programs. FitBliss has mastered this with their engagement strategy.
When success is shared, winning goes beyond a trophy or medal.
3. How can companies be sure to appeal to every generation? (Do generations have different concerns and expectations?)
Addressing every generation can be challenging, however when you start seeing executives walking around the offices with Fitbits and Jawbones on their wrists,
Being healthy appeals to any generation, and any role!
this means staying active and tracking your health is a focus not just for the youthful. Yes, generations have different concerns and expectations: Baby boomers are concerned about their cholesterol and blood pressure and expect to find a balance to manage their off hours with family, while the Gen Y is looking for ways to connect with their peers in mutual interests and be apart of a community (see CrossFit). Our approach is taking our egotistical tendencies and putting them in a direction that benefits sustainable health. We have taken Facebook, Fitbit, & Corporate Values and designed into one wellness platform.
4. How can companies ensure their wellness efforts translate into tangible benefits for the company?
To ensure tangible results can vary based upon your goals. This is where powerful corporate analytics and predictive healthcare come into play. We correlate quarterly metrics provided by the employer to the analytics dashboards of our wellness program. Statistics show that ROI takes between 1-3 years depending on the wellness program the employer decides to go with. We have built out of the box dashboards to address significant factors such as monthly participation, which city is most active, and building high risk and low risk based upon their physical activities.
5. Can you talk to the Affordable Care Act and how it can potentially support business’ wellness programs?
The Affordable Care Act gives small business owners and low-income employees the ability to participate in healthy-living programs. With health insurance premiums rising year-over-year, employers are seeking alternative healthcare plans for their employees to help support their employees health and minimize the cost and overhead. With the ACA, these employers now are implementing government financed wellness programs to drive wellness engagement & education to their employees.
In case you’re interested in learning more about our team and approach to sustainable wellness:
With social and economical changes over the past 3 years, our philosophy is cultivating a community of people who share the same interests in living an active healthy lifestyle. Our approach: FOMO, the fear of missing out. To build a sustainable wellness program, in this generation where the world is smaller and people are sharing their cars and apartment rooms to strangers, every employer should be looking at how to build their own ‘sharing’ network to drive employee productivity and drive down costs. Wellness has the benefit of both!
So what is FitBliss all about?
Our philosophy: We aim to lower stress at work through active lifestyles, and connect people through a social engagement platform to accomplish individual/team goals! Feel Good. Together.