Onecom, the UK’s largest independent business telecoms provider, has teamed up with Fitbit to get Britain’s workers moving in a nationwide health and wellbeing initiative.
Through the partnership, Onecom will make Fitbit’s wearable fitness devices and dashboard software available to business customers at a discounted cost, which employers can choose to further subsidise for their staff.
Organisations which sign up will receive full support from Fitbit, including the use of its powerful dashboard software which enables employers to manage wellness programmes and set team-based and individual challenges.
Emma Ward, Head of Partner Marketing at Onecom, said: “Fitbit’s wearable devices and software platforms make it easy for organisations to bring their people together in challenges that are fun and engaging to use and can have a transformative effect on productivity, morale and team ethos.
“The large businesses that we work with tell us that they are always looking for new ways of engaging with their people and supporting their physical and mental wellbeing. This is especially important at this time when so many are working remotely or splitting their time between home and the office.
“As a business that invests heavily in the health and wellbeing of our own people, we understand the challenges that employers of all sizes face, and how corporate wellness initiatives can make a real difference to the lives of staff and to their productivity and morale. We want to get Britain’s workers moving – and we are very excited to be bringing the benefits of the Fitbit platform to the organisations we work with.”
The partnership follows a recent Virtual Round Table hosted by Onecom in which leaders of organisations with staff numbers from 50 up to several thousand discussed the impact of Covid-19, including its impact on health and wellbeing. Fitness challenges were highlighted as an effective way of supporting, engaging and motivating employees.
Onecom customers will be offered a custom Fitbit storefront and corporate wellness dashboard. Their employees can select the Fitbit they want and have it shipped directly to their homes. Organisations can choose to partly or fully fund the cost of the device to the employee.
Companies can set their own challenges or follow a full 12-month engagement plan provided by Fitbit. Staff are kept informed and motivated through Fitbit’s mobile app.
Fitbit’s wellbeing programme is designed to lower stress, reduce absenteeism, increase creativity and improve staff retention. Its research found that 60% of people felt more motivated when employers focused on physical and mental wellbeing, 31% reported an increase in productivity when employees felt happier, and 25% saw a reduction in absenteeism and health-related spending.
For more information about the Fitbit scheme see www.onecom.co.uk/fitbit