As a company, you want to promote employee fitness so that your employees are working at their full potential. But what are most companies missing? Companies will spend hours and hours thinking about how they can improve their employees’ performance, but essentially, there are too many things preventing it. The average working person will experience a long working day, a high workload, a long commute, a lack of privacy, and often not enough bonding time with fellow employees.
Employees often find it hard to switch off and wind down. In the modern working world, work tends to carry on after working hours. This is why it is so essential to allow employees that time to wind down during their work time.
More and more people are seeing that fitness improves performance. We have provided you with the five top reasons why you should encourage employee fitness.
Five Reasons Why You Should Promote Employee Fitness
A fit employee is a productive employee
Being fit doesn’t just stop when you leave the gym. Studies have shown that exercising has a positive effect on a person’s brain power. Regular exercise also helps create a thing called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein created in the brain that helps with decision making and higher level thinking. Exercise also increases cells in the ‘hippocampus’, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for your memory and learning. As an employer, you want your employees to be focused and hard working, which can be achieved using the benefits of exercise. People who exercise on a daily basis easily outperform those that don’t, so give your employees time in the day to exercise and reap the benefits of it!
Remove the stress and focus on work
Stress is a huge factor in the working world. Whether we know it or not, most of us will be stressed to some extent. As an employer, removing as much stress as possible is essential. Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine which is a chemical that helps control the brain’s response to stress. It also releases endorphins, otherwise known as the happy feeling, helping to replace stress with happiness.
Give your team a chance to bond
In the workplace, if the team knows each other better, they feel more obliged to work hard for each other and can be more willing to help one another. Not only does this improve productivity, but it also encourages people to feel more comfortable around the people they work with. And since you will spend more time with your colleagues than you will with your friends and family, promoting good working relationships at work can never be a bad thing. Promoting fitness within the company creates a positive culture amongst employees and allows them to feel more in touch with other teams and managers. For the hour of exercise, the hierarchy is put aside allowing the team time to bond, which is a huge benefit socially and for the business.
Finding the time
Out of the office, finding time to exercise is a struggle in itself. With more and more employees travelling further distances to get to work, by the time they get home they are not able to make it to the gym. Providing onsite facilities and allowing time for your employees to train before, after, or during their work time will give your employees confidence that their well-being and health is important to you. The time in the gym is often a welcome break for employees and allows a good work-life balance. If they are struggling with a task, exercising will boost their energy levels and the time away will allow them to think about the task with a new mind set. As a boss or company, allowing this time shows understanding of circumstances and pressure an employee may be experiencing.
Bring fitness to them, and show you care
There is no clearer way to show you are invested in your employee’s health, than by providing an onsite fitness centre. By encouraging a fitness regime at work, you are ensuring that your team is happy and healthy and it is a clear sign of you showing commitment to their well-being. Many companies will subsidise gym memberships which will often be neglected or forgotten about. An onsite fitness centre is easily accessible and provides no inconvenience. By bringing fitness to the employees, you can be sure to promote health and well-being within your company.
If you are thinking of opening a fitness centre at your workplace you can download our guide here