Having a corporate gym is a growing trend these days, with companies investing in space and fitness equipment for the sole use of their employees. According to a survey, employees’ “well-being is gaining recognition as an important measure that relates both to the quality of life of individuals as well as to financial measures that are important to business and government leaders.”
Arizona-based technology and manufacturing company Honeywell, for example, has an on-site wellness center at each of its two locations for employees and their spouses. Their wellness center includes cardio machines, weight equipment, studios for exercise classes, and locker rooms. According to a study,about 2,600 employees are members of the fitness facilities, and 92% of those are satisfied with the wellness perks of their employer. Here in the Philippines, there is a growing number of corporations that have comprehensive wellness programs and facilities for their workers.
So, why do companies invest in corporate gyms? Despite having a comprehensive corporate wellness program, an in-house gym offers plenty of benefits for employees and employers alike. And since employees spend most of their time at work, having an on-site wellness program is important for employer and employee success. Here are five reasons why:
- Lowers Absenteeism
Working in an office means people are sedentary for most of the day, which can lead to health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and coronary heart disease. Not only that, an absent workforce lowers productivity and directly affects your company’s operations. A corporate gym is an easy and accessible way to encourage your employees to regularly exercise and have a regular fitness regime that they can commit to. Healthier workers sleep better and have more energy and vigour, which allows them to fulfill their job responsibilities and reduce absenteeism at work.
- Convenient and Accessible
An in-house gym allows employees to exercise without having to drive or commute from the gym to the office. Workers can arrive earlier to use the gym or during their breaks to maximize their time.
- Improves Mental Health and Productivity
We all know that exercising releases endorphins and serotonin that improves moods and brain activity. Employees feel less job-related stress, which increases employee morale, mental health, and productivity. Their critical thinking also improves, a helpful trait during meetings and brainstorming sessions.
- Promotes a Positive Work Environment
Employees who interact with each other in a non-work related activity have better camaraderie than those who don’t. Having a corporate gym allows your employees to strengthen their bond with each other, and promotes positivity among the ranks. It also improves collaboration and teamwork between employees. Having gym buddies also makes it easier for workers to exercise and lose weight. According to this study, people are more motivated to exercise when offered support from friends.
- Increases Employee Retention
Employees who receive a better health package from their employers are less likely to leave the company. Corporate gyms are also an attractive incentive for future employees, saving you money in training new hires.
Even a small but efficient corporate gym with a Technogym’s Excite+ equipment offers a significant return on investment. Contact us if you’d like to know about how we can build a great corporate gym for your office. You can also visit our Facebook page to learn about our latest products and services.