Working Out at Work
Nowadays, we’re all encouraged to take better care of our health. The signs are everywhere; on TV programmes, in magazines and newspapers, even billboards have been erected with the aim of urging people to get more active.
This is easier said than done of course; with many of us leading super busy lifestyles, often trying to balance work with family life, there leaves little time to fit exercise into our schedules, too. Let’s face after spending 8-10 hours at the office, the last thing on anyone’s mind is having to drag themselves to the gym.
Employers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to keep their workforce motivated and productive, and subsequently, installing a gym at the office is becoming more common.
Here are just a few of the reasons why investing in a corporate gym at the workplace will benefit both your staff and your business.
Fact: people who exercise regularly have improved overall health benefits. Other than all the superficial and vanity-related perks like fitting into your old favourite pair of jeans and looking better on the beach, exercise also offers a wide range of other advantages including a better immune system. Ensuring your employees are getting their required weekly dose means that they’ll also feel better and be less prone to illness.
Working out also does wonders for the mind and soul as well as the body; it’s the perfect way to reduce stress levels and release mood-boosting endorphins that will enhance productivity among your team.
Better Company Culture
Companies that invest resources in their staff as well their customers are shown to have a more positive business culture; an attractive feature in today’s day and age, where most companies are regularly having to prove themselves to be better than their competitors in every aspect.
Moreover, an onsite fitness centre is also an attractive incentive when recruiting new staff.
Cheap and Cheerful
Many iGaming companies offer their employees a fixed yearly amount, above and beyond their pay check, which is to be used for fitness and wellbeing purposes. While this is certainly one of their more appealing perks, it is less cost-effective in the long run than a single investment in an onsite gym.
Additionally, having healthier employees means that your company’s health insurance premiums will plummet too.
Convenience is Key
Having a gym just metres away from your desk is a huge pro for most people as this means being able to make the most of the limited time available. With the traffic situation on our island being what it is, it can often take up to 2 hours to get anywhere in the rush hour traffic that kicks in after 5pm.
Some people may opt to work out during their lunch break, or straight after work for example and many will be more likely to stick to their exercise routine if they can cut down on travelling and put their time to better use.
Now that you’re convinced that a corporate gym is the next step for your business, you should also keep a few things in mind when setting it up.
Don’t be Cheap but Don’t Go Overboard Either
Sticking a treadmill and bench press next to the water dispenser is no one’s idea of a good time. If you’re serious about setting up an office gym, it’s worth your time to do it properly. That being said, there’s no need to get carried away and throw in some complicated piece of apparatus that isn’t likely to ever be used. Get advice from the experts and invest in a small range of equipment which will cater to all your employees’ fitness needs and you should be all set.
Naturally some people may be more inclined to make use of an office gym than others. Don’t just set it up and expect your staff to flock to it; organise some educational seminars on how to use the equipment, hire a trainer if need be, and above all, highlight the importance of physical wellbeing.
If your office premises are simply not large enough to accommodate an onsite gym, not to worry. Organising regular physical activities outside the office, such as 5-aside football games, rock-climbing events, even setting up a company running club, at no extra charge, are just a few simple ways to keep your staff feeling fit and healthy.