Employee Wellness

Dancing Boosts Office Morale


Dancing can be a unique team-building activity to boost employee wellness and improve morale at the office. Dance instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios can help your employees de-stress and decompress by learning some new dance moves.


The pandemic outbreak took a toll on the mental health of many Americans. One-third of Americans said their job performance last year was negatively impacted by their mental health, according to a survey of 2,000 people by Aflac, an insurance provider. An alarming number of workers also experience regular burnout and high stress on the job. Even when they have a passion for their job, 64% of workers still report they are frequently stressed.


In addition to offering remote work opportunities and hybrid schedules, employers are attempting to mitigate stress and improve physical health by implementing employee wellness programs. Evidence suggests employees who are healthy and happy are more productive on the job. For every dollar a company spends on wellness programs, they can save $3 in healthcare costs and reduce absenteeism, HR Digest reported.


Put Ballroom Dancing on the Company Calendar


Typical wellness programs include exercise challenges and community service activities. Fred Astaire Dance Studios recommends thinking outside the box by making ballroom dancing part of your employee wellness lineup. Whether it’s part of a team-building activity during your annual conference, a company-sponsored happy hour, or simply offering gift certificates as a reward, ballroom dancing can improve the mental health of your employees and provide a low-impact workout to help them raise their daily step count.


Here are just a few ways ballroom dancing can help ramp up job performance.


Dancing improves brain power. Learning intricate dance moves helps improve memory and bolsters cognitive skills. Dancing releases endorphins, which help reduce stress and improve mood.


Dancing promotes teamwork. Ballroom dances are partner dances. Mastering a ballroom dance is a collaborative effort. Learning to foxtrot, tango, or salsa can help improve workplace comradery.


Dancing fuels physical health. Many Americans devote a lot of their day to sedentary activities. Spending the workday in front of a computer, attending conference calls, and commuting is the norm. Ballroom dancing can help encourage people to get moving. It is a low-impact workout designed to improve cardiovascular health, burn calories, and increase muscle strength.


Dancing is fun. A successful employee wellness initiative needs to be fun to succeed. Learning ballroom dance is an engaging social activity and can even become a lifelong hobby people can enjoy for years to come. Check out some of these energetic employees who make work fun by dancing.


A construction worker in China spends his work breaks entertaining his fellow team members with his smooth dance moves. The man gained viral attention for his dance skills, and his videos garnered millions of views on TikTok.


Take a look at how the manager of a new Walmart Supercenter in Longmont, Colorado, uses dance to pump up his employees as they prepare for the store’s grand opening.


An airline employee lives his best life while getting his job done. A passenger captured the airline marshaller busting a move while he waited to direct the plane away from the gate. The heartwarming viral video even made the rounds of television morning shows.


Learn More About FADS


If stress is holding your employees back and your office needs an infusion of fun, contact your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios to learn about our lineup of group and private dance lessons to help your staff relax and improve workplace productivity.