For those of you that are given company benefits, have you actually taken the time to flip through the pages of the benefits that you are entitled to? You would be positively aglow at the recent trend of what benefits companies are providing to their employees.
One company that I used to work for would offer up to $250 to use on massages, 80% dental, 90% off prescription drugs; really, stuff that you expect to see in your typical compensation plan. However, one day I was feeling more curious than a 12 year old boy so I began flipping through the benefits package when I stumbled upon a total gem: fitness club reimbursement.
I was floored. This company would actually pay up to $100 of your gym membership. Every. Single. Month. I couldn’t believe what I was reading at the time. They were advertising that they would pay me to work out at gyms. I didn’t need any extra motivation to exercise after that.
Employee wellness programs
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just got a new job or have been in the same gig for the last 5 years, take a look at your benefits package. The trend of companies for the last few years, and especially in 2012, is towards more in-depth health incentive packages and corporate wellness programs. This can include stress management, disease management, work/life balance education, health coaching. The list goes on. Check it out.
Follow the baby boomers statistics
With the baby boomers getting older and becoming more cognizant of the important of their health, more of their dollars are going to preserving a healthy lifestyle. As they go, so does our economy. So, if you were considering starting a business in health and wellness, 2012 might be the time to finally get on that horse.