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March 24, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

Difference Between On Site Health Clinic & Corporate Spa

Keeping employees healthy, fit, and stress-free is a top priority for most HR managers. One key way some companies are tackling that problem is by creating employee-only services on site such as spas or health clinics.

Both corporate spas and corporate health clinics offer unique employee health perks that can transform a company’s culture. In this article, we’ll cover what these services are, why companies are building them, and key differences between the two.

corporate health clinic and corporate wellness spa


 Employee Health Benefits: Spas vs. Clinics


Health benefits are a standard for companies who want to take care of their employees. But these benefits can come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the standard coverage of medical insurance care — and then there are companies that take it a few steps further. On-site corporate spas and health clinics provide exclusive treatment for employees in a convenient location.

While not every company is able to build out spaces for a health clinic or corporate spa, even smaller companies can offer in-office massage programs or regular health fairs.


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On-Site Company Health Clinics

Employee health clinics provide basic and comprehensive medical care to company employees in a convenient location. These can include primary care services, lab work, physical therapy, and medical massage.

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Why have an on site health clinic

Having a health clinic on site allows employees to get comprehensive care without having to take a day off of work to drive back and forth to doctor’s appointments. Your company will also save money in the long run.

Though there may be considerable up-front costs, regular on site health care keeps absenteeism low and reduces a company’s overall spending on employee health coverage.


Features of an on site company health clinic

Employee health clinics can offer all the services of a typical medical clinic, but they’re for the exclusive use of employees and their dependents. Services can include:

  • Wellness check-ups
  • Lab work and blood draws
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical massage
  • Prescriptions
  • Immunizations and flu shots
  • Urgent care services
  • Preventative care
  • On site pharmacy

Because health clinics adhere to strict HIPAA standards, medical records are kept confidential from employers’ eyes.

And since a health clinic’s services will be financially covered by the company, it’s more convenient than ever to get the quality health care they need in an easy-to-access location.

Related: How to Start an On Site Health Clinic: 5 Essential Steps



On-Site Company Spa for Employees Only

Corporate spas are less about medical care and more about relaxation and pampering. A company spa will provide convenient services that will increase employees’ stress reduction, and enhance their overall well being.

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Features of an on site corporate spa

An on site spa will be a secluded set of rooms on your company campus that houses a waiting area and treatment rooms. It can be as big or as small as you have room for. Employee spas feature typical spa services like facials, hair cuts and styling, manicures, pedicures, skin treatments, and massage therapy.

As I’ve written about before, these spas can be run by employees you hire, or by an outsourced company.

Employee spa benefits

Aside from being an awesome perk your employees can brag about to their friends, on site spas can offer great benefits that affect your company too.

  • Lowers employee stress
  • Saves employees money
  • Saves employees time
  • Boosts morale
  • Improves company culture
  • Can improve retention and recruitment

By keeping services your employees want and need just steps away from their desks, your staff is able to save time and money. That boosts morale, and keeps great workers happy.

When employees don’t have to skip out of work early in order to get a hair cut, their lives are much easier. And that makes a difference in their productivity.

Related: Why Don’t More Companies Have On-Site Corporate Spas?


Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)