With its new Healthy@Hubspot initiative, the New England tech company is setting a new standard for office wellness programs
HubSpot has over 1,000 employees globally, the majority of them located in its 188,000 square-foot home campus in Cambridge, MA (it has 5 offices around the world). The company’s been at its headquarters since 2010, with the newest expansion opening just two months ago in January 2016.
“Our whole goal at HubSpot is to create our own marketable experience from end to end,” says Katie Burke, HubSpot’s VP of Culture. “Part of this is helping employees make the best of themselves, and also to make a rapidly growing workplace keep a small, intimate feel.”
Office amenities help all employees live a healthier life
The Healthy@HubSpot initiative meets these two goals. Group classes, nutrition consults and yoga classes, for example, allow people across departments to connect over healthy programming. And of course, the opportunity to live a healthier life allows individuals to grow during their time at HubSpot, because the more relaxed and healthy an employee they are, the better a contributor they are to the company.
Healthy@HubSpot combines office amenities with traditional benefits and programming. The HubSpot team wanted to extend the same benefits to every office, so smaller outposts that may not have a need for an on-site gym, for example, get gym reimbursement as an equivalent benefit.
So where does Healthy@HubSpot show itself as you tour the Cambridge office space? The most obvious place to start is the gym, Foxboro, and the group exercise room named after Robert Kraft. Foxboro takes an office gym to the next level with some unique equipment like rock climbing grips and its own spin room.
The office also has showers and towel programs for gym-goers and employees who like to utilize the nearby Charles River for running or biking, or who play intramural soccer after work.
For those looking to wind down instead of work out, the company’s famous nap rooms can provide a natural midday energy boost. In the company’s Camping Room, which features Adirondack chairs and a quiet place to work or recharge, some employees have created a self-organized Zen spot where they do a weekly, guided meditation.
Food program focuses on healthy, accessible snacks
The facilities team at HubSpot puts a particular emphasis on the kitchens and food provided, strategically designing the office to encourage people to get up from their desks, walk around and visit the various amenities. There are several areas with a focus on healthy snacks only, such as yogurt, fresh veggies and fruit. In good weather, HubSpot welcomes a food truck program for additional variety. Their snack program, which includes several LeanBoxes, provides a happy medium between healthy options and treats, allowing employees to make their own choices.
“Part of the success of LeanBox is that we are in New England, where there’s a lot of inclement weather, and we’re a software company, where people like to make their own schedule and sometimes work non-traditional hours,” says Ken Papa, HubSpot’s director of facilities. “Having something in-house that’s accessible, economical and healthy is an awesome perk to have.”
Open and quiet spaces enhance employee comfort
Some of Healthy@HubSpot’s initiatives are subtler and focus on keeping employees feeling great, even when they’re not working out. Every desk at HubSpot can go from sitting to standing at the push of a button. Some areas are dimly lit while others are bright with lots of natural light. And, there is no shortage of open common areas as well as quiet space. The facilities team also prioritized an outdoor space—a patio with picnic tables—to give employees the chance to go outside during the workday.
“It’s about making people comfortable in their workspace,” says Papa. “We want to afford everyone the opportunity to work the way they choose to work.”