Ask any CEO or entrepreneur, the hardest part of running a business is the people. Finding the right people, keeping the right people, motivating the existing people. People are complicated.
And today, more than ever before, health and wellness are viewed as holistic, something to incorporate into every element of our day, life and routine. It’s why workplace wellness programs are the norm and no longer the exception.
In the US, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80% of companies with 50 or more employees offer some element of corporate wellness. Companies are realising that workplace wellbeing is essential and working employees to the point of exhaustion is not the way forward. Happy and healthy employees are also the most productive and innovative.
A world-renowned work and organisational psychologist based in Germany, Dr. Sabine Sonnentag has been researching stress and employee wellbeing for her entire career. Her most recent report shows that a corporate wellbeing program boosts productivity, reduces stress, and increases employee engagement and communication.
When employees feel heard and invested in, they too want to give back, work harder, engage more. Exercise during the workday has been linked to better concentration, stronger work relationships, and increased tolerance for stress, according to a study in the International Journal of Workplace Health.
So what does corporate wellness look like?
The team at Oona can design a wellness plan that matches the needs and goals of your business.
Not only can fitness sharpen the mind, but it also brings people together. Even in the digital space, seeing your colleagues over a computer screen in a pliée or a deep lunge never fails to produce a smile.
Research has shown that workouts don’t need to be long to be effective. Nor is it necessary to be at a gym bursting with dumbbells and treadmills. As little as 10 minutes of exercise a day is linked to higher levels of happiness. Short workouts give you a focused way to push and challenge your body.
And from home, you can really control your space and take charge. Light a candle, build the perfect playlist or buy a few new leafy plants to create the ultimate oasis.
Wellness is about far more than high-intensity workouts and muscle groups. It’s to this end that the team at Oona have created a membership experience that goes far beyond the average corporate gym partnership. Alongside fitness classes, the live and on-demand library at Oona Series includes educational videos, guided meditations, thought-provoking podcasts and in-depth blog articles. Video and podcast topics include, stress management, mental health tips, entrepreneurship, social skills, injury prevention, gut health, goal setting, women’s health, mindfulness and more.
We can all have the best intentions to eat better, workout more often, get to sleep earlier, but in practice, it is never that simple. But having a guide, a template put in place by your employer and an army of colleagues at your side to help keep you accountable is a surefire way to start.