On the way to a healthier office
Life in the office and corporate setting is evolving from the days-of-old. A new era of dynamic workplaces with human interest and employee wellness has come to the forefront of employers’ incentives. An effective method of improving the mental and physical health of your employees is with an on-site company gym. An office gym may be exactly what your company needs to get your employees in shape and keep them productive, happy, and ready to work.
Healthier employees are more productive
It’s no secret that the key to optimizing performance is keeping your body healthy and your mind sharp. Access to a company gym makes this possible for your employees, creating healthier and happier workers. There are several benefits for your employees after implementing an on-site gym.
Reduced levels of stress
Many people begin an exercise program to relieve stress. And sadly, work-induced stress is one of the leading causes for absenteeism and unproductivity in the office. An on-site gym offers an outlet for employees to relieve stress and return to their tasks with a fresh mind.
Improved quality of sleep
Lack of quality sleep is another issue plaguing the American worker. When working in an office setting (usually sitting behind a desk), people aren’t getting the physical activity they need for proper sleep when it’s time to hit the sack. Lack of sleep leads to a higher risk of stress, getting sick, and inhibited cognitive functions. However, when daily exercise is introduced, sleep patterns begin to stabilize, offering deeper, more restful sleep.
Research has proven that healthier employees reduce the rate of turnover and are absent from work less, using fewer sick days. This means that companies who invest in the health of their employees are saving money and increasing work output by simply caring about their worker’s overall well-being.
Tips for implementing a company gym
- Find the space: One of the first steps in building your new company gym is finding where to put it. Every corporate and office space has different challenges when finding the best area to use, but it could entail anything from building an addition to renovating an unused space. Whichever route you decide, remember the location must be large enough for employees and gym equipment and be separate from the office spaces to avoid noise and distractions to those still at work.
- Choose the right equipment: Exercise equipment ranges in utility and cost. It’s best to keep in mind your budget and needs when deciding what equipment you want to use. A good idea is to get your employees involved in the decision. Take a poll to find out what equipment would benefit your team most.
- Generate employee interest and engagement: A new gym will be nothing more than an expensive accessory if you don’t get your employees actively involved and excited about the prospect of a gym. Relay information about the benefits of daily exercise and provide them with time away from their desk to exercise and clear their minds. It’s also important to ensure you have people on staff who can show employees how to use the gym equipment safely.
Invest in employee health, invest in yourself
People spend 1/3 of their lives at work, and as the world becomes more health-conscious, it’s time employers take strides in improving their employees’ well-being. They can do so by creating dynamic and progressive workplaces with employee health in mind.
At LiveWell 1440, we understand the role employee health and well-being plays in creating happy, motivated and productive employees. Whether it’s time management, diet, or exercise, we will integrate with your company and customize the perfect wellness plan for you. Contact us today and let us know how we can help improve your company’s well-being.