Due to rising healthcare costs, many employers are offering incentives to employees to stay in shape. Forbes recently published an article about this rising trend and based on a report by Aon Hewitt, nearly 60 percent of major employers are using incentives to motivate their employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to that report, incentives can range from gift cards to additional paid days off from work. The companies offer the incentives to avoid increased health care costs from employees that are at high risk for health issues.
How Can Employees Take Advantage of These Incentives?
Most of the incentives offered from employers are no longer strictly gym memberships or a discount if an employee simply joins the gym, but they now want to see actual results. The incentives are increasingly being tied to significant improvements in health and not solely participation or enrollment in a program or gym. Whether it’s quitting smoking or a percentage of weight loss, the improvements in employee health are taken very seriously due to the direct impact on health care costs for the employer. Ask your human resource department for the specifics of your company’s incentives.
Options for Employees
A gym is no longer the only option for those trying to get into shape. While working for a Fortune 500 bank, I had a premium membership at a local gym, but rarely traveled to the gym because of my busy schedule and the distance from my house to the gym’s location. Many companies are encouraging employees to join online fitness centers due to the affordability, convenience, and the variety of workouts and sessions that are offered. I have had more personal success working out from home in short increments several times a week, instead of attempting to make a trip to the gym.
One of the top and fastest growing online options is w8-club.com. Not only do they have a wide variety of high quality trainers, the monthly cost is significantly lower than a gym membership and there is no cost to the employer. Employees have the option to work out together or on their own. Having group workouts using online training sessions is a great way to motivate employees while being able to monitor the actual effort that they are giving. W8-Club.com also has a corporate challenge designed to help employees specifically get into shape, even with a busy and stressful schedule.
Working in a corporate job can put a lot of stress and strain on you mentally and physically. I gained over twenty pounds working for a large bank due to the pressure I was under on a daily basis. The trend of offering incentives to employees who take the initiative to better themselves physically is a great one and should be taken advantage of. Check your human resources department to see what they may offer as far as incentives and if they have any fitness challenges or relationships with fitness centers such as W8-Club.com. Whatever way you decide to get in shape to take advantage of a program or incentive offered by your employer, make sure it fits what is comfortable for you.