Newstalk FM – Down to Business featuring FitVision


On 7th of January 2017, FitVision’s Managing Director Mark O’Reilly was invited onto Newstalk FM’s “Down to Business Show” morning show hosted by Bobby Kerr and joined by Kieran Keenan and David Branagan to chat about Corporate Wellness Programmes in Ireland.

January is an ideal time for companies to think about incorporating a Corporate Wellness Programme into the workplace, as the buzz of Christmas holidays winds down so can staff morale.

Research from shows that 84% of companies do not have a wellness policy or wellness programme and urges companies to prioritise mental health and wellness in the workplace.

Employee burnout is a major issue in companies today and alarmingly, 80% of HR Directors in Ireland fear of losing top talent due to an employee burnout.

Implementing a Corporate Wellness Programme sends an important message to all staff and potential employees, telling them that the company values their health, well-being and helps retain top talent.

What is a Corporate Wellness Programme?

Corporate Wellness Programmes are designed to nurture wellness in workers, regardless of the work environment. The idea for these Corporate Wellness Programmes stemmed from companies wanting to reduce healthcare expenses they were compensating for employees, but many forward thinking companies wanted to make the work space a more inviting and relaxing environment for their employees as well.

An analysis looking at 42 companies with corporate wellness programmes, found a 25% reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, a 25% reduction in health costs, and a 32% reduction in workers compensation and disability costs.

The FitVision Philosophy

As discussed on Newstalk FM, FitVision further divides Corporate Wellness Programmes into five main pillars which are:



The Benefits

FitVision’s aim is to increase the optimum health of your organization's workforce. Reduce staff absenteeism, increase productivity and staff retention and ultimately increase revenue through a more productive, happier and healthy personnel.

  • Employees in poor health take 9 more days of sick leave over healthy employees.
  • Employees in good health are 3 times more productive than employees in poor health.
  • Employees that exercise on a daily basis are more alert during work hours and less likely to get tired during the workday.
  • Healthy employees are able to concentrate more on their jobs and make 60% fewer errors than employees in poor health.
  • If an employee will exercise at least once a week, they can reduce their average number of sick days from 10 to 5.

A Tailored Approach

We run weekly classes, one-off seminars as well as kick-start workshops to help the workforce maximise their health and fitness. We tailor our programs to the challenges of the work environment, the demographic of the staff and the health goals of the individuals taking part. No two workplaces are the same - we create customised plans, so participants can embrace healthier lifestyle choices and empower them to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. 

For example, The FitVision Wellness Lunch – having fun while getting fit and healthy, bringing employees together and advising on various health and wellness topics such as nutrition and exercise, this model has proved extremely successful in companies such as Primark Ireland.

Listen to the full interview here:


Thank you to Newstalk FM for the opportunity to talk about Health and Wellness in Ireland.

For details on our range of Corporate Wellness Programmes get in touch at



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