Employers and business owners will learn how to scale their employee wellness programs on a virtual level, to improve employee health and well-being. Employers will further learn what practical and liability issues to consider if they bring employee wellness programs into people’s homes, or at the office for hybrid workers.
Covid-19 has done a number on many people’s physical and mental health – including employees. With the growing shifts toward a remote workforce, how can employers maintain wellness and fitness programs tailored to overall employee well-being? What are some practical and legal considerations when organizing wellness programs virtually for employees?
Tune in this week, when my guest, Lisa Snow, and I will discuss these issues on Employment Law Today. Lisa is the Founder of On The Mend Customized Fitness And Massage!
About Lisa Snow:
3:13-18:54: Eric introduces his guest, President and founder of On The Mend Customized Fitness And Massage, Lisa Snow. Lisa is a public speaker, personal trainer, and employee wellness coordinator. Lisa advocates that On The Mend provides team building through personal wellness. Eric and Lisa introduce the topic for today’s episode which covers mental health and wellness in the era of virtual/remote employment. They discuss practical and legal considerations for employers when organizing wellness programs virtually for their employees. Lisa shares how she founded On The Mend and what ignited her passion to help people through wellness. Through her life, Lisa noticed her friends’ parents and her colleagues weren’t the healthiest or in shape. She figured their lack of fitness was due to their mental block on how to start. Developing a convenient way to virtually share wellness and fitness to accommodate the people who are too busy or conscious as COVID-19 cases rise. Before the break Eric and Lisa discuss the outcomes of stress and isolation that can be amplified during the transition of virtual working. They also talk about the overwhelming sense of burnout that can keep people away from going to the gym or having a personal trainer.
21:09- 33:20: Eric and Lisa talk about the troubles employers are having embracing a team building experience remotely. Pre-covid employers were able to offer health and wellness programs that could have included gym memberships or gift fitness products such as Fitbit, as a way to practice inclusivity and healthy lifestyles. Lisa makes a point that health and wellness isn’t just exercise and fitness it’s also important to balance social interactions and connections. Post-covid an employers’ goals aren’t just to get employees active; it’s also a way to get employees out of isolation and work together. Before the break, Eric and Lisa touch base on ways employers can include their employees and pick their brains on possible team building activities.
35:24-48:25: Eric asks Lisa about some challenges employers could consider if they are organizing remote fitness for their staff. Lisa noticed that employers would schedule wellness programs during unreasonable hours. She suggests planning around the availability of your employees and refrain from making it mandatory. Eric and Lisa also talk about ensuring that your company is added as an additional insured to the wellness provider’s liability coverage when providing outside wellness programs on premises. Lisa also makes a point to talk about understanding your employees comfort level or risk level is for Covid-19. Eric discusses the safety and liability of doing on-site in-person wellness programs. He tells us the possibilities of what can happen if a staff member or instructor were to get injured on the premises on and after hours. Eric suggests starting with low risk activities to prevent injuries from happening. Before the break, Lisa tells Eric the benefits of virtual fitness. Having the ability to focus on the instructor and not worry about the people around you can make a positive impact on someone’s performance when they work out.
50:32-1:00:27: In the last segment, Lisa tells Eric and the audience more about her company, On The Mend Customized Fitness and Massage. On The Mend is open to working with any size company to ensure employers are supplying team building tools that also push for fitness and wellness for their employees. On The Mend’s mission is to create the same experience as pre-covid where employees were able to have small talk in the office and have those personal connections in between tasks. Lisa talks about different activities like Stretch and Chat that creates a space for people to take time to be in the present and engage with the people around them even if it’s virtually. At the end of the segment, Lisa tells the audience how to find her through social media and her company’s website.
About Employment Law Today
Helping Business With Employment Law Issues.
For many business owners, it can be overwhelming to keep up and comply with the federal and state labor and employment laws that govern how they run their business. With the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new laws and regulations regarding hiring, firing, and workplace practices and protocols — all of which can increase business owners’ anxieties about regaining traction or thriving again. On my weekly show, we will be discussing the most common employment law related questions and challenges that business owners have been facing in these uncertain times.
The show will have three main goals: (1) to inform businesses about employment law updates, (2) to inspire businesses by giving them the tools to move forward, and (3) to demonstrate how some business owners have overcome their employment law problems, walked through the challenges imposed by this pandemic, and have taken steps to regain traction during the reopening phases of this pandemic.
Our guests will include professionals who advise businesses from an H.R., legal, and financial perspective, along with thriving business owners who will share their experiences and insights into running a successful company while complying with labor and employment law mandates during COVID-19.