SRC Holdings Corp.
As a member of SRC’s wellness committee and as an administrative assistant in the logistics division, Carol Rummel knows how competitive her co-workers can be. Every 16 weeks, SRC hosts a company-wide fitness challenge that can range from dropping pounds to gaining control of blood pressure. When some 400 associates joined in a weight loss challenge, the group lost more than 3,000 pounds. “Our CEO Jack Stack is very big on focusing on employee health,” Rummel says. “We’re very fortunate.” The company even has in-house gyms at three locations and a personal trainer on call consultations. It also covers the cost of flu shots, encourages fitness challenges and brings in mobile healthcare to provide routine mammograms. And that corporate wellness committee Rummel is on, it even has subcommittees tasked with promoting smoking cessation, the importance of hydration and scheduling upcoming events and wellness seminars. The committee also rewards a Wellness Champion per division for participating in health challenges and healthy living throughout the year. If the company’s impressive weight loss was any indicator, the team at SRC is not only competitive—they’re motivated.
The Skinny on Workplace Fitness
Pamela Hernandez is the owner and fitness guru behind Thrive Personal Fitness. She’s provided wellness programs and coaching for employees of Hamra Enterprises and Ozark Electric, and has presented wellness seminars at area offices including at Arvest Bank and Central Bank. She’s here to share her tips on how to make a workplace wellness program stick.
1. Address your culture
A corporate wellness program is not as simple as build it and they will come. You have to make sure employees have dedicated time to work out and that a wellness and work balance is encouraged.
2. Talk with your employees
The first step is to figure out what your employees and figure out their needs and desires.
3. Invest in a health coach
You don’t need a fancy facility to start a wellness program. You’re better off investing in a health coach who can help associates change their habits first.
4. Carve out 10 minutes a day
It’s a misconception that you need a lot of time to focus on health and wellness. You can get in a good workout in just 10 minutes. If someone can dedicate 10 to 15 minutes to walking, stretching or a quick cardio routine, that physical routine will start to evolve. The key is consistency.
Fit & Flare
Whether you want to create a dedicated fitness center or turn a meeting room into a multipurpose space great for yoga and meditation, the team at Grooms Office Environments is here to help. And it’s easier than you think. You don’t need a ton of space or an extravagant budget to provide your employees with a wellness space. Follow these tips from Victoria Gorham with Grooms, and you’ll be on your way to establishing your own wellness program.
1. Purposely develop a wellness space
These areas could be anything from a meditation, quiet call or lactation room to a multipurpose space that can be used for yoga and fitness classes. Giving your employees areas to nurture their well being outside of their defined work roles will give them a better work/life balance.
2. Don’t let square footage stop you
If a company can dedicate space for a fitness or meditation room, that would be great! But many are limited (or think they are) by their given square footage. People believe they are maxed out on space, but many times a more efficient space plan can give your employees additional settings to support different activities throughout the day.
3. Simply don’t have the room? Change the office environment first.
Sit to Stand desks are ideal but not always feasible depending on role or cost. But standing more doesn’t just have to happen at your desk. Simply removing under-desk trash cans can get employees up and moving more often. Fun fact: When you are seated your metabolism drops by 90 percent, but you can burn 350 extra calories by sitting 2.5 hours less each day.
About Grooms Office Environments: For 40 years, Grooms Office Environments has provided commercial interior design services including space planning, project and move management, healthcare and systems furniture as a full-service Herman Miller dealership. Whether you need to furnish a single office, a new building or even a single workout space, Grooms’ expertise can work for you. Grooms clients include Jack Henry, Prime Trucking, Bass Pro Shops and CoxHealth Network.