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COVID-19's Impact on Corporate Wellness

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No one knows how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution to this challenge. Many organizations around the globe have reacted to the new normal by adjusting their corporate wellness programs to fit the current situation.

Coronavirus's Impact on Corporate Wellness Programs

Due to the pandemic, the integration of wellness programs in the workplace has become a bigger priority, especially as a way to make employees feel like they're still connected while working at home. Some of these corporate strategies include having social events and group workouts hosted on Zoom.

How Will Wellness Programs Look in the Future?

Firms that are investing in wellness and health-oriented programs will adapt more quickly to changing conditions because they have an existing framework. With that said, the main focus now and in the foreseeable future will be flexibility.

Virtual Workouts and Home Exercises

Most corporate wellness programs provide compensation for gym memberships. Because many people may not feel comfortable going to gyms until there are significantly fewer cases of COVID-19, businesses may need to offer alternatives to their staff. Providing access to online workout classes is a simple substitute for gym memberships. The financial impact of this crisis has affected how much money people can spend on wellness. Corporate wellness programs can help out by providing reimbursements for employees who buy yoga mats, resistance bands, and other basic workout equipment for at-home exercises.

Robust Programs Can Help Cut Healthcare Costs

Wellness programs that encourage high levels of participation have many benefits while people are working from home. One of these is their positive impact on overall employee health. By having more employees who meet the benchmarks for health BMI (body mass index), blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, organizations can negotiate better rates for health insurance. This saves money for both the business and its staff.

If you're interested in making an impact on the corporate wellness programs businesses use, you should consider enrolling in a program at a university. The Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Wellness that will help you shape how businesses promote wellbeing in the workplace. With flexible, hands-on courses, our programs are designed to help working adults go back to school and further their careers. Learn more about our health and wellness program today.

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