Looking Ahead: Workplace Wellness Trends in 2020 and 2021

Did you know that 76% of employees feel as though their workplace is directly responsible for their health and well-being? You heard us—76%!

In the past, workplace wellness was a luxury that some, but not all, employees received from their employers. People may have been offered a discount for going to the gym more than ‘x’ amount of times a month or had healthy snacks available to them at the office. Only in recent years have employers caught onto and contributed more time, energy, and resources to the ‘wellness program’ trend.

Looking into the future, workplace wellness programs and strategies will become increasingly important. Along with Ryan L. Turnbull of AssuredPartners California, we put together a list of a few trends we see unfolding in the workplace and corporate wellness sectors.

Workplace health and wellness will top the list of what the masses look for in a company.

Millennial and Gen Z employees will be seeking out employers that value their work-life balance, health and wellness, salary, career advancement, and great purpose. These generations are actively seeking out employment opportunities that give them the tools they need to be the healthiest and most successful individuals they can be. That means that if your company is not actively participating in a corporate wellness program, you could lose high-quality talent to other companies that already have a program in place.

Mental health is becoming a higher priority and a bigger topic of conversation for millions of people.

What used to be a rather taboo topic is now becoming a popular trend. It’s been proven that exercise, proper nutrition, and rest (just to name a few) are ways to improve mental health. If you are missing the mark on your ability to deliver these things to your employees, you could not only be seen as a part of the problem, but you may not be able to retain your employees over time. Eventually, your employees will start to realize that their mental health matters more than spending long hours at a job that doesn’t seem to truly care about their well-being.

Having a variety of in-person and virtual offerings is a must. 

It goes without saying that the past year has been one for the ages and it has challenged us all. Whether your employees are returning to the office in the near future or are continuing to work remotely, you have to adapt to the times. Your corporate wellness program has to reflect the current needs of your staff. For example: is your staff primarily working remotely and lacking some motivation? Consider offering them virtual cooking lessons, workout classes, or happy hours. If your workforce is in-person or a mix between the two, you should look for a program that will allow you to offer both in-person and virtual services to your employees.

Employees are looking for something new, fresh, and exciting.

Gone are the days of counting steps or points in order to potentially win a prize. Employees are seeking something more meaningful from their corporate wellness experience; they’re looking for something fun and exciting! Instead of offering them the same old thing month after month or quarter after quarter, why not lean on a group of professionals to deliver a wellness program that your employees will love and that will motivate them to be the healthiest version of themselves? Think outside the box. What workouts are fun and will keep employees engaged over time? What can we do that no other company is daring to do?

Companies are starting to realize that they can’t do this alone.

In the past, companies have tried to put together wellness programs that are satisfactory to the employees without spending too much time, money, or energy on the process. As we look ahead to the future and take all of the aforementioned factors into consideration, it is increasingly clear that companies cannot (and should not) do it alone. It’s in the company’s best interest to find a partner that will help design a program that your employees will love and actually use. 

Looking into the Future 

You may be asking yourself, so, how can I make sure that my company stays on top of the trends and doesn’t fall behind or lose talent due to our inability to adapt? Great question! Here are some next steps that we challenge you to take to ensure you are on the right track. 

1. Watch this incredible webinar hosted by Ryan L. Turnbull of AssuredPartners California and Heather Brenes of F45 Training. This goes in depth on the latest corporate wellness trends you need to be aware of as an employer.

2. Reflect on what your employees need and want. Do you need virtual services? In person? A blend? Get a feel for what your employees want and need in order to be the best version of themselves.

3. Seek out a partner that will be by your side the whole way. A great corporate wellness partner makes all the difference. F45 Training, for example, helps employers create a program that makes sense for each organization we work with, and will make sure that each of our partners is satisfied with the program from start to finish. Interested in learning more? Click here.

We hope that you will take the time to adapt to the latest trends in corporate wellness and show your employees just how much you value them.  



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