Launch of corporate health club in Sydney, Australia to address the costly problem of workplace illness and loss of productivity.
The launch of the corporate health club, Elevate Corporate, in Sydney today, is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows at the big end of town - it might even literally raise them out of their well-padded seats. Upstart corporate health and wellbeing expert, Daniel Carlin, thinks they’d be better off that way - getting exercise rather than that extra potato for lunch at “The Establishment”, or having a health check rather than staying at the office another late night to work on the quarterly report.
In 2005, Medibank Private commissioned research which found that healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees, who tend to take nine times more sick leave than their healthy counterparts. In 2007, the research showed that the cost to the Australian economy from stress alone is $25.7 billion annually, with on average, six working days of productivity lost each year .
“Many people working in corporate environments don’t realize that they’ve been expecting their bodies to keep up a punishing schedule until after it stops working”, says Daniel. “They suddenly develop aches, pains and low energy, or worse, chronic conditions triggered by a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet - things like diabetes and heart disease - and they wonder why.”
Daniel is the founder and CEO of Elevate Performance and Health, a CBD Sydney health and well-being clinic. With the launch of Elevate Corporate, Daniel’s company combines in-house corporate health programs including health checks, assessments, seminars, workshops and classes with clinical treatments such as massage, osteopathy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, podiatry, counseling, coaching and naturopathy. Also, membership includes substantially-discounted health products and services for staff.
“Elevate’s interactive in-house programs motivate staff to change their behaviors.” Daniel explains, “We then provide the essential follow up and support through our clinics. Without this accessible individual support, most corporate wellness programs become nothing more than a token gesture. This unique combination ensures the desired results are met and a high return on investment is realized by the company.”
Jane Skinner, HR Director, Gadens Lawyers agrees. “Elevate’s wellness initiatives attracted a high attendance and were highly-valued by staff. Being able to provide individual follow-up through the Elevate centre sets them apart from other providers - and working with Elevate is a delight”.
Olga Klimenteva, HR, Nine MSN says, “It is so hard to organize a health seminar that staff are actually interested in, but the feedback after the Elevate program was phenomenal - the Elevate people were friendly and engaging and the broom-stretch exercise competitions are still alive at Nine MSN two months on!”
Elevate provides its services to organisations and individuals through a membership program that includes packages and discounted products, clinical services, workshops and seminars.
Elevate Corporate plans to roll out to other Australian capital cities in the next 24 months. For more information, or to arrange a program in your workplace, contact: Daniel Carlin at Elevate on
Tel: 02 9252 2225.