Employee wellbeing platform Gympass has added Headspace Health to its suite of wellbeing apps and services for employers, companies announced Wednesday.
Based in New York Gympass has a network of more than 50,000 gyms, classes, trainers and wellness apps that it offers to more than 10,000 companies. Headspace Healthbased in Santa Monica, CA is a digital mental health company founded in 2021 merger between Headspace and Ginger. The combined unit provides mindfulness tools under Headspace and virtual therapy and psychiatry under Ginger.
Headspace will now be available to employees of Gympass clients in the “Mind” category of the platform (Ginger’s services will not be provided to Gympass). Employees can receive more than 1,000 hours of mindfulness services from Headspace, including guided meditations, sleep and focus. Headspace is available on the Gympass starter plan — the cheapest option for employees — which costs $11.99 per month and gives access to 2,400 gyms and studios and 23 wellness apps. Other plan options cost between $34.99 per month and $279.99 per month.
The partnership comes on the heels of a recent Gympass report found that well-being is as important as salary to 83% of employees worldwide. However, 36% of workers do not think their employer “demonstrates a commitment to their well-being”. Employers need to act on this, said Cesar Carvalho, co-founder and CEO of Gympass.
“We are currently in a well-being crisis, with much of the workforce dealing with burnout, stress and disengagement… We believe employers have a responsibility to confront the well-being crisis head-on and offer solutions and resources to improve it,” he said in an email.
Katie DiPerna Cook, senior vice president of partnerships at Headspace Health, echoed Carvalho’s comments.
“Employees are the typical company’s biggest (and most important) expense, but we’re not focused enough on making sure they have what they need to maintain peak performance. Organizations need to ensure that employees give their best every day,” she said. “Mental health resources are a huge part of that.”
Companies that don’t provide welfare support will have a hard time retaining workers, Cook added.
“Employers and HR teams that understand the importance of prioritizing well-being in the workplace will have an inherent advantage over companies that do not. We’ve already seen trends like ‘The Great Resignation’ or ‘Quiet Leave’ take over the workforce,” she said. “This edge is what employers need to retain employees and win exceptional talent when competing with other companies in a tight job market.”
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