By Mandy Gragg

In today’s world, fitness is more than just a luxury: studies are showing that the longer we maintain a regular workout routine, the longer we live, and the more successful we are in our day-to-day lives. Since the beginning, ClassPass focused on making fitness more attainable and allowing people to find a workout groove that fits their schedule.

The next frontier? Corporate fitness programs. If you think that these fancy benefits are only for the likes of giant technology companies or large finance firms, think again: companies of all sizes and industries are starting to join in, and the results are eye-opening. If you’re an employer — or an employee — there are plenty of reasons to bring this subject to the conference room table!

The Employer: What You Need to Know

Hiring great people is only half the battle — keeping them is the other. One of the most common reasons people choose to change jobs is the environment. Culture is a popular buzzword these days. It’s more than the ethos of the company, and rather how employees are valued for their work. Investing in your workforce is paramount for building a team of top talent.

While it may be a hidden ROI at first, introducing a fitness stipend has a tremendous payoff when it comes to combating employee time off due to illnesses, injuries, etc. Employees that work out on a regular basis tend to miss fewer hours of work, and remain motivated to stick with the company for years to come. Less turnover helps protect your company’s bottom line as well, as hiring new staff regularly is extremely costly (recruiters, training, it all adds up).

The Employee: What You Need to Know

Being a productive member of your team starts with you. While it may be tempting to put that extra hour in, or take less time off, it can actually be detrimental to your long-term goals. If you’re not mitigating burnout by working more efficiently and taking proper time for self-care regularly, you may be heading for a major slump. Even if your current company doesn’t have these options just yet, it’s still smart to talk with your supervisor to come up with a daily routine that benefits both parties.

Negotiate a schedule that allows you to take a quick mental/physical break during the day, and work an extra few minutes before or on the back end. The less sick or tired you are, the better you’ll perform your daily tasks. Fitness has a major play in keeping these ailments at bay, and is definitely worth the conversation with your manager. Chances are, fitness benefits may already be in consideration, whether it be an in-house wellness program or even a corporate membership plan.

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspiration.

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