Employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to perform better at work, based on research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization. Additionally, absenteeism is 27 percent lower for workers who exercise regularly. It’s relatively easy to offer a reduced gym membership – all the major UK fitness chains and many local authority leisure centres offer corporate memberships which can then be offered free or subsidised as an employee benefit. However bear in mind that that not all staff will appreciate or use a gym, so consider corporate gym membership alternatives for your staff.
Discover what each individual likes and consider offering employees an annual amount that they can put towards their choice of physical activity. For example:
- Golf or tennis club membership
- Regular yoga classes
- 5 a side football
- Swimming lessons
- Money towards a new bike or running shoes
Choice creates employee empowerment
Employees will feel empowered that it’s their choice and making such an offer may help strengthen relationships with them. The allowance could allow them to afford a sports club membership or perhaps learn a valuable skill like swimming. In such cases, the employee is likely to feel closer to his employer for their contribution.
Simply ask staff to provide evidence that they have spent their allowance on some form of physical activity. It could be a National Trust membership or an annual pass to an area of local beauty to encourage walking and enjoying the great outdoors.
An overarching gym membership might be easier in the short term to set up, but corporate gym membership alternatives may be more beneficial in the longer term when it comes to morale and the overall health and wellbeing of staff.
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