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How to integrate fitness and mental health services in your organization

Have A Well-Rounded Fitness Program

Exercise has been proven to have numerous benefits ranging from improvements in physical health, but also mental health. With regard to physical health, a solid exercise routine can help combat health conditions and diseases, promote better sleep and improve posture. On the other hand, it strengthens mental health through energy boosts, better mood, improved brain and memory function, and reduces negative feelings of depression and anxiety. In terms of company culture, corporate wellness programs which offer group exercise classes can create a great social bonding experience for employees. Some of the best types of exercise classes to offer are fitness dance, yoga, meditation, strength and conditioning, and cardio-based routines.

By providing activities to promote your employee’s wellbeing, you’ll be able to alleviate stress, improve their mindset, and manage expectations at work. If they are able to have better brain function, energy, and mood, this can directly translate towards their productivity and motivation in the workplace. Additionally, as mentioned, providing an avenue for employees to bond will make them feel more comfortable and create deeper connections with other employees, and therefore your company. Overall, this type of employee engagement allows individuals to destress and decompress while making them feel their company cares and supports workplace wellbeing. Reports have shown that 70% of employees see having friends at work is a crucial element to a happy work life. Those who have a best friend at work also reported feeling a deeper and stronger connection to the organization/company. 

Provide Mental Health Support

The need for an on-hand mental health professional can elevate your workplace wellness as they can help facilitate activities and consult with specific employees who may be in need. There are various traits and behaviors under history, clinical, disposition, and environmental factors that employees can exhibit which may require the service of a mental health professional. Examples of these are as follows:

  • Lack of family support
  • Decline in hygiene or grooming
  • Behavioral, cognitive, or emotional deficits (i.e. depression, history of mental illness, social alienation, impulsivity, emotionally labile)
  • Recent major loss by death or separation
  • Major life changes

Not An Expense, But An Investment

Corporate wellness programs are not only beneficial for the employees, but also for employers. When developing employee engagement through company culture, studies have shown that highly engaged teams have a 21% increase in profitability. Furthermore, similar companies who scored in the top 20% of engagement showed a 41% reduction in absenteeism and 59% less turnover and attrition. Lowering attrition in particular can be paramount to maximizing a company’s productivity. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics employee replacement may cost between 20% to 213% of their annual salary due to the recruitment, onboarding, and training costs. In the 2021, the Sprouts Solution’s study reported that the Philippines’ voluntary attrition rate grew 73%. This rate of attrition can be greatly reduced through improving workplace wellness. A study conducted by LinkedIn noted that 47% of respondents valued companies that fostered a positive culture and 51% said they were proudest to work at a place that promoted flexibility and work-life balance. By integrating these types of employee benefits into your company and investing in corporate wellness, a company can maximize their workplace productivity. In particular, a study reported that 62% of employees with wellness programs felt an increase in productivity and morale and 56% reported taking less sick days. 

To integrate corporate wellness into your company, contact us at info@holifit.ph for more details. Our company provides a holistic program with services ranging from exercise classes, consultations, mental health services, and nutrition.

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