Every Breath You Take, Every Step You Make: Wellness Benefits are More Than Just a Gym Membership

Exercise is a key tenet of preventative health, and that’s hardly news. What’s more remarkable is that employers have wised up and discovered when employees are healthy, the result is increased job morale, satisfaction, commitment and performance, and lower healthcare costs too!Screen shot 2015-06-01 at 9.58.04 PM

“Forward-thinking organizations are re-evaluating work practices and providing employees with resources that support well-being and performance,” says David Ballard of the American Psychological Association.

And employees want it: a HealthMiles survey found that about 87% of employees said they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer. This is especially true for Millennials. “This new generation of employees is particularly focused not just on a job, but really their overall well-being,” says Mike Thompson, a principal in PwC’s global human resources services business.

So, forward-thinking employers, here is your challenge: Is commuting part of your wellness program? It’s great to provide a gym membership – but imagine an employee is sitting in their car 90 minutes a day, then taking the elevator right up to their cubicle. Maybe then they will drive to the gym after work – if they have time.

Does this sound like your employees? Or like you? If you’re ready to break the cycle of sitting and more sitting with an intermission on a treadmill, consider that incorporating biking or walking into your commute – even just part of the way – makes the exercise “useful” and part of your daily routine. Not only that, but active commuters arrive at work and at home less stressed.

Imagine a 10-minute stroll through your neighborhood to start the day, or a cool breeze as you fly down a bike lane passing traffic. That’s all it takes to see significant health benefits. And, at the end of your commute you are clear-headed and focused. And that’s good for everyone involved – employers, employees, coworkers, and families.

Employers can encourage active commutes by purposefully linking commuting and wellness in employee benefits. The company will see an even greater return on what they are already investing – and employees will reap the rewards of a stress-free commute. Want to learn more? We can help!

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