It’s that time of year again – everyone is writing about New Year’s resolutions and new beginnings and getting fit in the New Year – so I won’t disappoint…
GroundFloor Media (GFM) works with a number of health care and wellness-related clients including The Children’s Hospital, the Colorado Health Foundation, LiveWell Colorado, St. Anthony Central Hospital and USA Cycling, and our team members maintain fairly active lifestyles for such very busy people.
According to LiveWell Colorado’s Worksite Wellness Blueprint, worksite wellness efforts can have numerous benefits, including a healthier workforce, increased morale, higher employee productivity, reduced absenteeism and a reduction in health care costs. I know from personal experience that regular workouts can be the first thing to fall off of the proverbial “to do” list when things get busy at work. However, I also know that when I make a conscious effort to get those workouts in, even when things are really busy, it makes a positive difference in my energy and stress levels.
It is with that spirit in mind that GFM is announcing a new “active lifestyle allowance” for our full-time employees in 2011. Each employee will be allotted a monthly stipend to use toward their own active lifestyle – it may be used to attend yoga classes, buy that monthly membership at the gym, go toward the purchase of a new bike or sign up for a 5K, 10K or even a half marathon. However it is utilized, we hope that it certainly does result in a healthier, happier GFM team.
Small steps like this can make a big difference with regard to workplace wellness. I hope you have an active, healthy 2011, too!