Make Workplace Wellbeing Your New Year’s Resolution

Make Workplace Wellbeing Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions are broken so often that they’ve become something of a punchline. But they don’t have to be, especially when it comes to staying healthy. In a 2019 survey conducted by NPR and Marist, 44 percent of American adults said they were likely to make a New Year’s resolution. Among them, 13 percent set out to exercise more, making it the most common resolution. Unsurprisingly, the most popular month for gym membership sign-ups is January, although actual gym usage slips throughout the year as our resolutions fade and reality takes over.

There’s a reason so many New Year’s wellness resolutions fail: We simply don’t have time. We spend a third of our life sleeping and another third of it at work, so cramming exercise, mindfulness, and healthy eating into that last third can be too overwhelming. This doesn’t have to be the case. In the old days, work was for work, and your personal time was for everything else. As a recent survey by UnitedHealthcare found, 70 percent of companies now offer on-site wellness programs for their employees—a figure that is continuing to climb steadily.

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing millions of Americans to work from home, many find it harder than ever to maintain healthy habits. You wake up in the morning, reach for your phone, and respond to your first email of the day. You pour that first cup of coffee while responding to your boss’s slack. You organize a Zoom conference while making breakfast for the family. You speak on the phone with a client while supervising the kids’ virtual learning. At what point does the work day actually begin? When does it end? Without clear boundaries between work and home life, it’s even harder to schedule personal wellness time.

It’s time to stop thinking about your work and your wellbeing as two separate entities. By engaging in a corporate wellness program, you’ll create good habits that don’t just improve your health, but radiate to your team and client relationships by fostering environments of inclusion and belonging.

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Personalize Your Wellness

Until recently, “corporate wellness” meant a discounted gym membership. Gee, thanks. This was great if you were a gym rat with an established fitness routine, but for those of us who weren’t comfortable in gyms or who simply didn’t have the time, there wasn’t another option. When it came to weight loss, smoking cessation, and other unique needs, you were on your own.

This is no longer the case. With a wellness program like Woliba, you begin by taking a personalized wellness assessment that pinpoints areas where you are doing great, and areas where there is room for improvement. From there you can tailor your own wellness journey, because your needs are different from Debby’s in accounting, whose needs are different from Sean in HR. Do you want to train for a half-marathon? Resources to begin a training program are just clicks away. Do you want to lose weight? Woliba has a treasure trove of content helping you pick the right diet for your lifestyle. You can even reach out to Woliba wellness professionals who can offer you even more personalized attention.


Technology Integration

Think for a second how much tech you strap on before you leave the house. Your Fitbit or Apple Watch. Your cell phone. Your Garmin GPS for cycling or hiking. We have countless devices measuring our step counts, calories burned, heart rate, and other metrics. Wouldn’t it be great if there was software that could sync with all your devices and consolidate your data into a single database?

That’s where a robust corporate wellness program like Woliba comes in. The software integrates with all popular fitness devices and apps including Garmin, Fitbit, Apple Watch, Strava, Google Fit, HealthKit, Run Keeper, and Withings. This means that Woliba automatically uploads your bike rides, hikes, swims, and other activities, making it easy to earn points and compete in company-wide events and challenges. Woliba also integrates with communication tools like Slack, as well as Google Calendar, iCalendar, Outlook, and Yahoo! Calendar. The free app is available on the Apple and Android app stores, so you can easily monitor your progress on the go.


Get Well—Together

Don’t like working out alone? No problem. It can get lonely embarking on a wellness journey by yourself, especially during a pandemic in which group classes are difficult to do safely. Yet without a workout buddy, it can be hard to stay motivated. 

With a wellness platform like Woliba, finding like-minded training buddies is simple, easy, and fun. With meetup groups and message boards, fellow users of all fitness levels are just clicks away—both in your organization or in the broader Woliba community. Whether it’s finding Zoom yoga or a socially distanced jogging group, we’ve got you covered.


Make it Fun

Let’s face it: Getting in shape isn’t exhilarating. Whether it’s doing the gym circuit or running laps at the track, keeping your workouts fun and motivating can be difficult. So why not make it a game?

Use your wellness platform to set up company-wide challenges. Pit the accounting department against sales. HR against marketing. Who can pack the most steps into their day? Cook the most healthy meals? Spend the most time meditating? Sleep the most hours at night? The possibilities are endless. The more you participate, the more points you earn and the better your team performs. And once you’ve vanquished the sales team in daily step count, you can challenge other organizations across the world.


Get Healthy. Get Rewarded.

Can software truly help you reach your health goals?

At Woliba, our most engaged users see health claims dropping by as much as 400 percent while achieving wellness goals from stress reduction to weight loss to improved cardiovascular health to improved diabetes management. And more than 90 percent of users say our platform has increased their awareness for personal health.

The key is engagement. Whether you join a company-wide challenge, embark on a wellness journey, or use Woliba as a centralized hub for your wearable fitness tech, you are cultivating good habits while earning points and unlocking rewards. Woliba offers one of the most comprehensive recognition programs in the industry, ensuring that your hard work does not go unnoticed—or unrewarded.

It’s been a tough 2020, and nearly everyone is ready to turn the page and begin anew. In the meantime, why not get a jumpstart on personal wellness? Don’t go it alone—the modern workplace is on your side. Decide what your goals are and see how your wellness program can put you on the fast-track to a healthy mind and body.

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