The Fitness Zone
Employers are investing more in their staff's health as the economic benefits of good health become apparent, reported Melissa Shedden of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The importance of good health today
Workplace stress costs the Australian economy $10 billion annually. In addition, healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy ones and unhealthy employees take nine times more sick leave.
Who's on board?
With those figures in mind, employers like Macquarie, Nokia and ANZ are sending their high-level executives to corporate health programs like Better Being. Better Being is run by academically qualified health professionals and founded by pro sports trainer, Greg Stark.
One of Stark's Clients, Erin Wakelin, is the head of banking practice at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills where she encourages health programs for her colleagues. Healthy people make for a healthy workplace culture, she explained.
Stark uses the same principles with executives that he uses on sportspeople. He does not burn out their bodies or minds, he said, but supports them with good nutrition and workout advice that fits their working lifestyle.
What can Personal Trainers do to help?
This is good news for those in the fitness industry as Personal Trainers are becoming increasingly important in society. There is a lot of opportunity to help those in the corporate world shift their weight and get moving.