Many companies address the need to keep their staff fit and healthy, some who do this trying to manage a fitness centre internally. For those who have the funds to employ a fitness professional and do it directly this is rarely a good idea.
There are a number of reasons which EFP have addressed below.
Starting at the beginning of your company’s fitness plans, buying the equipment. This is unlikely to be an area where your staff have industry knowledge and many questions that need to be answered won’t be adequately addressed, such as:
What type of equipment to buy?
Which manufacturers of equipment are reliable over the long term?
What is commercial standard equipment?
Are we eligible for a trade discount?
We can provide clear and concise answers to these questions allowing you to make the correct decision for your company. Plus, we will be able to apply a significant trade discount to the equipment order.
There isn’t usually someone internal to the company who can verify the knowledge and skills of the person they are employing.
Do they need to be REPS’ level 2 or level 3 qualified?
If they are running fitness classes, do they need extra qualifications?
Do they maintain their CPD?
Health and Safety and Risk Assessments
Here there are two options, rely on a fitness professional to carry out a risk assessment on a gym, something which they might be doing for the first time. Or, get someone internal to the company with no fitness knowledge to do it. Neither of these are ideal circumstances.
Energy Fitness have 18 years experience of carrying out risk assessments and have a head office team that specialise in this area. Healthy and safety is hugely important to companies and injuring your staff while performing an activity that was intended to improve their health is self-defeating.
While it may feel like a cost saving exercise to employee your instructor directly, many other expenses can mount up. Your company has insurance that extends to your daily business activities, but this may not cover an onsite fitness centre. Energy Fitness can absorb this cost into their management model as our costs are much lower due to the scale of the company.
Quality Control and Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
No matter how well set up and funded a corporate fitness programme is, no programme will survive and thrive without constant monitoring and an adaptive environment, capable of changing to new demands and correcting faults along the way. Energy Fitness have established a set of KPI’s that ensures the success of a corporate fitness centre. The KPI’s can monitor the impact of the fitness centre on the health of your staff, and the impact the centre can have on your business.