ClassPass, the world’s largest business-to-consumer fitness and wellness network, has recently released a study on the impact of employee fitness and wellness on mental health. The study reveals that 50% of professionals are facing an increased workload leading to greater burnout and stress levels, with one in four professionals sharing that they have fewer resources such as less pay and smaller teams than before COVID. 

The study reports that one of the biggest challenges faced by employees is a lack of connection with a majority of employees (71%) feeling less connected to coworkers. Additional challenges reported include work/life balance difficulties, lack of motivation and greater burnout and stress.

Nicole Wolfe, Senior Director of Corporate Programs at ClassPass, who works closely with HR Directors and HR Leads for the health and wellbeing of employees in the UK and abroad says, “The pandemic has undoubtedly impacted the mental health of employees all across the globe. However, there are ways for companies to help their teams to combat burnout and stress levels – and in some cases, even boost productivity.”

“We have seen first-hand the positive effects a workout can have on employee mental health. 96% of professionals say that they feel more motivated and less stressed after exercising and 89% say they feel more productive during the work day after exercising.” 

“For companies that encourage employees to work out together, this can have even stronger benefits with 3 in 5 professional who participate in a team workout reporting feeling more connected afterwards.”

“With the ongoing lockdown and global pandemic, fitness and wellness have never been more important to employees. We urge employers to empower their teams by providing them with fitness and wellness benefits that can be accessed 24/7 and anywhere in the world.” 

The ClassPass Corporate Wellness Program gives employees access to over 30,000  fitness studios, gyms and wellness options and more than 50,000 weekly digital classes that can be accessed from anywhere. Employers save by only paying for employees who sign up and there are no annual contracts – employees can cancel any time.

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By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.