A new report explores the evolving workplace sentiments and health concerns of 2,185 professionals from 19 countries. The study was conducted in October 2020 by ClassPass, a membership that provides access to the world’s largest network of fitness and wellness experiences. In addition to building the largest business-to-consumer fitness network in the world, ClassPass partners with more than 2,000 corporate clients, equipping employers with flexible corporate wellness options for their teams. Research findings include:
Professionals reported that fitness benefits are the most valuable ancillary benefit that can be offered during the pandemic.
70% of professionals ranked fitness benefits as the most valuable benefit outside of healthcare.
Other top ancillary benefits ranked by professionals include mental health benefits, home office stipends, financial wellness benefits and childcare.
Fitness has been an important part of routines for many professionals:
96% say they feel more motivated and less stressed after exercising.
89% say they feel more productive during the work day after exercising.
3 in 5 professionals who have participated in a team workout reported feeling more connected to their team afterwards.
25% are exercising more since the start of COVID-19.
1 in 5 are using their previous commute time to exercise.
4 in 5 say fitness activities are crucial to establishing a new work-from-home routine.
92% of professionals hope to return to fitness studios and gyms in 2021
Half of professionals are planning a hybrid mix of in-studio and at-home workouts.
40% of professionals plan to return exclusively to in-studio workouts when they feel safe to do so.
There is an opportunity to equip employees with better tools to tackle stress and inspire engagement.
Three in four professionals currently work from home full-time, and one in four professionals have relocated temporarily or permanently since COVID.
Half of professionals (48%) say their employers did not have a remote working policy prior to COVID.
A majority of employees (71%) feel less connected to coworkers. Additional challenges include work/life balance difficulties, lack of motivation, more burnout and stress, having to share space with others, and a lack of home office setup or an inadequate home office setup.
Half of professionals say their workload has increased, with one in four professionals sharing that they have fewer resources than before COVID (less pay, smaller teams, etc.)