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Physical Health: Diet & Exercise

It’s 2019. We all know that a clean diet and regular exercise are critical components to living a long and healthy life. But what may not be common knowledge is that those same components also contribute to more efficient and productive employees at your workplace.

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, wrote an article for Fortune magazine citing a study in which “workers who spent 30 to 60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average performance boost of 15%. Sixty percent of employees said their time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines improved on the days they exercised. Workers in the study were [also] less likely to suffer from post-lunch energy dips after exercising and reported improvements in mood.” Similarly, “A 2011 study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine showed that incorporating just 2.5 hours of exercise per week into the workday led to a noticeable reduction in absences.”

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It’s hard to argue that a reduction in absences, double digit percentage improvement in overall performance, time-management and emotional well-being wouldn’t be desirable for any company, no matter the industry. That’s why more and more corporations are now investing in the physical health of their workforce by not only promoting healthier lifestyle choices (such as more fresh fruits and vegetables at office cafeterias) but they’re also beginning to contribute towards or match monthly gym memberships as a way to encouraging employees to take care of their bodies when they’re not at work.

At Jones, SPOT’s parent company for example, employees are reimbursed for the cost of gym membership in hopes that their employees understand and believe that we care about their performance in the office as well as their quality of life outside the office. There’s no clearer way to express our care and concern for our staff than by tangibly providing financial support for their physical wellness. The benefit is twofold: (1) Our employees feel empowered to take control of their health without worrying about the strain on their personal budget, and (2) it communicates that we care and want to invest in their success as a whole person, from the inside out.

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