UNengaged – A Phrase No Employer Wants To Hear

UNengaged – A Phrase No Employer Wants To Hear

It is no surprise that when employees are highly engaged they are highly productive, and that’s a good thing for businesses.  On a more realistic note though, when we look at the numbers, according to latest Gallup report:

  • 51% of employees are disengaged
  • 13% of employees are actively disengaged 
    • they spread negativity about the organization to their colleagues
  • Only 36% of employees are engaged

Another interesting number is 21%!  Organizations with more highly engaged employees see profits increase by over 21% due to the commitment and productivity of their employees.

So how do we start to create more engagement?  More staff meetings?  More bonuses?

You may be surprised to hear that employee wellness programs play a large role in boosting employee engagement, particularly when delivered by an organization outside of your own.

Engaged employees can lead to increased profits of up to 21%. Employee wellness programs can help increase employee engagement.

By offering employees an outlet to relieve stress, whether through an onsite fitness centre or wellness program, or through a virtual offering such as LIV North’s Virtual Services, it can greatly impact engagement levels.  These programs help to lower stress levels, create non-work related connections with peers and develop a sense that the organization does care about the employees and their well being.  

By having a contracted organization deliver these services, it also allows the employees to feel as though they are stepping away from work and they feel more free to be more receptive and fully benefit from the activity.  Also, the contracted organization typically specializes in employee wellness, like LIV North, and knows exactly what needs to be programmed and how to engage the employees at a higher level.

LIV North Fitness Management works with many clients in the corporate sector, providing fitness services and working alongside their Human Resources and Wellness teams to deliver impactful, meaningful programming. All of these services are flexible and customizable to any organization. We work with our clients to determine their desired wellness outcomes, size and scale of their programing, marketing, and more.

We also provide reporting data to verify the effectiveness of a program and to aid in future planning. For more information on our planning and reporting, see our blog post Programming with a Purpose.

If you would like to learn more about employee engagement through wellness programming, contact us at virtual@livnorth.com and a LIV North consultant will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your organization and offer some solutions for you.

Wellness Programing for Millennial Employees

Wellness for Millennial Employees

Believe it or not, millennials now make up the majority of the workforce1.  Has your employee wellness plan adapted?

Millennials get a bad rap.  They are actually a hard working, problem solving generation as they have been forced to adapt to less than ideal conditions in a lot of areas of life.  Many also feel the pressure to prove the stereotype of millennials wrong. 

With that being said though,  millennials come with some different needs than the Baby Boomers and GenX that share the workforce with them.

Here are 3 key points that the LIV North Fitness Management division keeps in mind when planning an employee wellness program that includes Millennials:

Make it adaptable.

While millennials may be hard working at work and do as they are instructed, in their own personal lives they expect programming to fit their wants and needs.  This may include activities they can do on their time when they are ready and not scheduled activities.  It should also fit into the area of wellness they enjoy  – not just reading nutrition labels and the importance of sleep.

Make it available.

One stereotype of millennials that is true is that they live by their technology.   Any wellness offering needs to ensure it is utilizing technology (mobile, wearables, etc.) and be as accessible as possible.  Apps, gamification, and on demand services are very important.

Make it FUN!

In the past few years we have seen our traditional programming that involved checking the boxes in a scorecard transition to more grand, beautiful and engaging challenges to attract the millennials in.  Everything from the website, emails and apps have to be considered for the look and the flow.  Take the virtual Amazing Race challenge that LIV North ran in the Spring of 2021.  A team of LIV North staff created and ran a very immersive virtual challenge offered at 10 facilities across Canada – from Halifax to Vancouver – with 126 participants joining in.  It was fun, it connected individuals from across Canada and hit all aspects of wellness with options to fit the needs of the user.

This all sounds like a lot to consider and it is worth it!  A workforce that can be slightly more engaged can result in profit increases as high as 12% – and that is just slightly more engaged, not even highly2.

If you would like to learn more about creating challenges and programming for your millennial workforce and to see how LIV North is offering engaging on site and virtual programming to 75+ clients across Canada, we’d love to hear from you!  

You can reach us at virtual@livnorth.com or to discover more of LIV North’s services, visit livnorth.com or our virtual services site at virtual.livnorth.com.

1 – PEWResearch.com – Millennials are the largest generation in the labor force
2 – Achievers.com – 5 Ways Wellness Programs Can Enhance Employee Engagement

Who is LIV North Fitness Management

Who is LIV North Fitness Management

For over 45 years, LIV North Fitness Management has been providing consulting, management and programming solutions for fitness facilities across Canada! Whether your facility is a corporate site, tenant building, community centre or virtual, we have a solution for you!

Learn more about the services that we offer by watching the video below. If you would like to learn more about how LIV North Fitness Management can assist your facility, contact us at amenities@livnorth.com.

Programming with a Purpose – The Amazing Race

LIV North Fitness Management division prides itself in offering engaging and motivating programs to our managed facilities and their members.  However, there is always a greater purpose than having a lot of members participate.

When a challenge or program is planned, all aspects of wellness, as well as health indicators, such as sleep and stress management, are included.

Take for example the Amazing Race challenge that finished on May 3, 2021.  Over 4 weeks, 126 competitors from 9 LIV North managed facilities competed in a virtual race across Canada for prizes.  Sounds fun and motivating, right?

Having been involved in the wellness sector for over 45 years, LIV North staff know that small increases in daily activity have huge benefits at the organizational level.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased productivity – employees that move more in their day tend to be more focused, productive and sleep better at night
  • Reduced stress levels – being in nature has been shown to greatly decrease stress levels
  • More positive outlook – feeling supported, building connections and finding a sense of accomplishment go a long way in improving corporate culture, employee longevity and overall satisfaction at work.

Along the way, strategic activities were plotted out that focused specifically on the points above. Taking a mindful walk in nature to reduce stress and trying new activities such as theme based recipes were among those tasks.  Activity levels were slowly increased as the challenge progressed to ensure all abilities and fitness levels could succeed was key to creating a sense of accomplishment.

For a more detailed look at the outcome results of the Amazing Race challenge, take a look at the infographic below.  

Click here to find out more about the LIV North Amazing Race challenge.   If your organization could benefit from programming and results like this, be sure to contact us at virtual@livnorth.com

LIV North Fitness Management Reflects on One Full Year of Adjusting to COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, the fitness world was turned upside down.  Facilities were closed, staff were sent home, and LIV North adjusted to the challenge and dove head first into the virtual world!

As we celebrate 1 year of being in the virtual market, here is a quick reflection on how we adjusted and what was born from our efforts.

Prior to COVID

While the pandemic threw the world for a loop, LIV North was already actively making plans to offer more virtual programming and services.  There were already increasing levels of people working from home (growth of 10% 2015 to 18% of population by 2019) and there were fewer people going into the office on a regular basis.

Noticing this trend, we introduced our cloud based LIVx club management software in early 2018 and began offering on demand fitness classes to our club members that were accessible 24/7 through their member portal and app.  In late 2019, some of our projects had also begun to offer live streaming fitness classes to meet the changing needs of our clients.

Friday, March 13, 2020

This day stands out in all of our minds.  It was the day that Canada declared COVID-19 a pandemic and we all held our breath waiting to find out what it meant for the fitness industry.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

In response to the pandemic announcement and not wanting to waste anytime, we immediately pivoted and launched our first series of live streamed classes on Instagram live and Facebook live. Shortly thereafter, we transitioned to delivering most of our online services through our LIVx member portal.

As we continued through the early pandemic months, we developed a framework of planning that broke down into two primary phases:

Phase 1

Phase 1 focused heavily on virtual program expansion and enhancement.  This included:

  • Small group training and PT services
  • Expanded group exercise classes
  • Lunch n’ learn series
  • Family fitness & wellness activities
  • Corporate challenges
  • Nutrition & wellness information

Phase 2

As we entered into June and with our virtual offerings running well at our projects, our efforts shifted to reopening plans.  To preparing re-opening a post-COVID operating plans we worked very closely with our clients to prepare robust reopening plans that included:

  • Space reallocation
  • Member communication plans
  • Onsite signage
  • Health and safety protocols
  • Welcome back videos

We also continued to refine and define virtual programming during this time.

LIV North Virtual Services

Our virtual services were developed and designed to provide organizations, corporations and multi-tenant residential properties a comprehensive fitness and wellness virtual program.  These services are:

  • Branded to organizations or property
  • Follow a High Tech – High Touch approach
  • Include a full program plan created to support a person’s physical and mental well-being
  • Programs to help build community and social connection
  • Designed to incorporate the realities of the current agile work environment

LIV North’s quick response to the pandemic set us apart.  We were the first fitness management company in Canada to offer a virtual fitness solution to corporations.  In fact, we are happy to say that because of this action, 95% of our clients moved to our virtual program plan and are still with us today.  We continue to develop our virtual offerings based on client and member input.

Thus, Optimal – Your Corporate Gym Online – was created.  Today, Optimal delivers a very wide range of services to over 150 000 people across the country, including:

  • Live Streamed Classes
  • On Demand Classes
  • Employee Challenges
  • Personal Training
  • Small Group Personal Training
  • Corporate Meeting Stretch Breaks and more!

Exploring the Future Post-COVID

While we navigated the challenges and rose to the opportunities presented of the past year, we continued to keep our ear to the ground and to watch the trends emerging across the country.  For example, our  30% of Canadians will continue to work from home Post-Pandemic

Experience the LIV North Difference

If your organization has become more agile and traditional employee wellness programs will not work for you, let’s chat!  We are happy to offer any organization a 2 week trial of our Optimal platform and prepare a proposal as to how LIV North can compliment your organization’s vision and goals.  You can reach us at Virtual@livnorth.com and we will be in touch shortly.

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