Why are corporate wellness programs so popular with UK businesses? Well, there are a number of reasons, but one of the primary driving factors is that they help employees deal with work-related stress and depression. It’s a prevalent issue too, as the latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey for 2020/21 show that it affects 2,480 out of every 100,000 workers.
That’s not the only startling statistic on the subject either, as according to a study published on National Stress Awareness Day by project management software company Wrike, almost half of UK workers are considering looking for a new job because of workplace stress. As job satisfaction is key to employee retention and top performance, it’s a major issue.
What causes workplace stress?
There are a number of factors that can lead to workplace stress, whether talking about long hours, job insecurity, heavy workloads or even conflicts with co-workers. The symptoms shown by someone going through it include poor work performance, irritability, absenteeism and as we’ve mentioned, a desire to find another job to escape it.
The good news is that corporate wellness programs can help greatly, as they provide support in a couple of important ways; physical and mental.
How physical activity combats stress
With a well-planned corporate wellness program in place, employees get access to a range of different exercise classes. Whether talking about boxing, circuit training, HIIT or Zumba classes, this kind of exercise can do wonders for a person’s sense of wellbeing, as physical activity produces ‘feel-good’ endorphins that improve mood.
Not only that, but other avenues like bodyweight boot camps help to boost a person’s self-esteem and stamina, while also allowing them to enjoy all the associated benefits of achieving their ideal weight. Performed regularly, this serves as a powerful antidote to stress, making staff more resilient and happier in their work.
How stress-busting meditation helps to calm the mind
Meditation classes are also something that will typically be offered by any good corporate wellness company and they can be extremely effective at reducing workplace stress. Allowing attendees to reach a deep state of relaxation and achieve a tranquil mind, meditation equips people with the tools they need to eliminate their jumbled thoughts and de-stress.
Yoga is another activity that helps to clear the mind, which can complement and amplify the effects of regular exercise. Emotionally balanced staff are much more likely to reach their optimum performance levels and much less likely to get so overwhelmed by their work that they have designs on leaving.
Stress-busting wellness programs from BUA FIT
So, if you would like to support the physical and mental wellbeing of your team to ensure they feel happy in their work, a corporate wellness program is an effective way to do so. At BUA FIT, we offer the full range of corporate wellness classes delivered both online and in-person at some of London’s most iconic outdoor spaces.
If you want to get in touch, just fill your details into our contact form and we’ll reply to your enquiry as soon as we receive it.
Sadly, that’s all from us again. We trust that if you didn’t already know what a big issue workplace stress is – you do now. Corporate wellness can be a real game-changer when it comes to stress and staff turnover, so you ignore it at your peril!
As always, stay fit, happy, and healthy.
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