Workplace wellness is reaching a new phase, shifting to a “culture of wellness,” i.e., wellness will permeate the entire workspace, from healthy snacks to healthy air—and the results greatly affect not only those in the workforce (creating healthier, happier workers, lower healthcare costs, and higher productivity), but also you, aka, everyone who works in the spa and wellness industry.
Workplace wellness is truly a trend to watch—in fact, it was one of the top 10 trends in our just released Spafinder Wellness 365™’s 2016 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast—and this new environment of wellness is creating more options for workers and new opportunities for wellness practitioners, educators, and businesses that deliver wellness services.
Activities promoting wellness that once occurred in the domestic, out-of-office sphere (gym visits, yoga, meditation, spa treatments, etc.) are being integrated into the workplace environment. And while this type of integrated workplace wellness is more of a first-world, corporate phenomenon at present time, research from the Global Wellness Institute estimates that investment in workplace wellness, now $40 billion worldwide, will “explode in the next five to 10 years.”
Forward-looking employers have begun to take more seriously the notion of work-life balance. People everywhere want a healthy work environment; as well, they want aspects of their home life, including healthy eating options and the chance for exercise and relaxation, available in the workplace. This has encouraged the gradual, holistically based interlacing of wellness maintenance inside and outside the worksite.
And as companies seek to hire yoga and meditation instructors, nutrition and stress-reduction specialists, massage therapists, and more, it will create new opportunities for wellness practitioners and educators.
Workplace wellness: It certainly is a trend with staying power.
How can your wellness business be ready for this trend? Stay tuned next month when we’ll give you tips from experts in the field!