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07 Jun 2024

Why physical health should be the keystone to wellbeing benefits

With employees demanding more physical wellbeing benefits, Zest lists its top providers

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Whether it’s in or out of the workplace, physical, financial and mental wellbeing should always take priority.

Forget the odd yoga class or mindfulness session, it is time employers stepped up their wellbeing game and prove to their employees that they really are the most prized asset for the company.

Good health and wellbeing can be a core enabler of employee engagement and performance. But with most businesses now considering wellbeing as a critical element of a benefits package, the challenge is how employers stand out from the crowd when attracting and retaining talent.

As the cost-of-living crisis fallout continues, employees are much more likely to experience difficulties that affect their health.

Wellbeing at an all-time low

According to Zest’s research, 59% of businesses say employee wellbeing has been in decline over the past 12 months, with 57% admitting it’s at an all-time low. 

Zest have also found that the larger the company is, the worst things seem to get.

More than four-fifths (83%) of employees are demanding more wellbeing benefits. Thankfully, businesses are taking note, 82% saying that they’ve introduced more wellbeing benefits in the last year.

In fact, wellbeing has become so intrinsic to the workplace that 71% have introduced a head of wellbeing.

As employees shift away from being primarily motivated by things such as salary, those who recognise and act on the growing desire from workers for an employer that recognises the importance of areas like wellbeing can elevate themselves from the competition in the race for talent.

Zest Marketplace empowers employers to take charge of their benefits strategy and craft a bespoke benefits scheme that perfectly aligns with company values.

Zest’s top physical wellbeing providers


Adora provides access to women’s health experts, engaging online menopause sessions and a digital companion app to ensure all women are supported through menopause.

From personalised health and wellbeing education to online events, Adora can provide confidential support that covers:

  • Personalised support and health reports
  • Direct access to online gynaecologists
  • Digital tracker and menopause toolkit
  • Wellness health hub offering lifestyle insights and tips
  • Women’s health live events


Nutrable supports 45 wellbeing issues including sleep, fatigue, menopause and mental health.

Employees who join the platform have access to nutrition talks, private consultations, podcasts and blood tests. Benefits include:

  • Improved sleep, energy and productivity
  • Reduced absences and sickness
  • Condition support (menopause, cancer)
  • A healthier and happier workforce


Yorktest is the market-leading provider of home health testing.

It lets employees take control of their nutrition, health and wellbeing. Users get 40% off the RRP of all food intolerance, allergy and health tests when rolled out via the Zest platform.

Yorktest’s Premium Food Intolerance Test tests against more than 200 food and drink ingredients, giving employees the information they need to make positive dietary changes to improve health and wellbeing.

Included in the programme is a 30-minute telephone consultation with a nutritional therapist.

LRG on Demand

Designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of people’s needs and requirements, LRG On Demand offers something for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

With only a WiFi connection required, get more of your workforce more active, more often, and give them the freedom and convenience to work out anywhere, anytime.


Employees and their family can get up to 40% off on 12-month memberships. Memberships are paid for in full by the company and reclaimed via salary deductions.

GymFlex offers savings on a 12-month gym membership at a choice of over 3,600 locations across the UK, with discounts of up to 40% off at thousands of gyms, leisure centres, health clubs, yoga or pilates studios and bootcamps.

Don’t forget

Physical wellbeing goes beyond exercising. Get in touch with our Marketplace team today to see how you can improve your employee offering.

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