When you think about the benefits of exercise, you often focus more on the physical benefits. However, social scientists have gathered compelling evidence suggesting that there is another immediate value of regular workouts: its impact on the way we think. Encouraging employees to exercise while on the clock makes business sense for various reasons. In this article at Forbes, Alan Kohll explains why you must pay your employees to exercise at work.
Why Pay Employees to Exercise?
It isn’t surprising that working 9-to-5, five days a week, causes extreme stress. According to studies, one of the most common reasons employees go to the gym is to relieve stress, lose weight, and get fit. Exercise helps with weight management, acts as a mood booster, and improves brain functioning.
Retention and recruitment are undoubtedly expensive for any business. Therefore, many managers are now considering a gym as a retention tool. Business leaders believe that staff members consider the on-site gyms as one of the organization’s greatest ‘perks.’ A study conducted by the National Business Group revealed that organizations with highly effective wellness programs reported significantly lower voluntary turnover than those without effective programs.
Fitness experts believe that performing exercises during working hours keeps the team highly motivated to achieve their goals. A gym with the right gear is a platform for team members to interact during their free time and discuss projects during group exercise sessions. Organizations can adopt this approach to create groups, either within their existing teams or with the other departments to improve internal relationships.
Sleep is another critical factor for a productive work life. Studies have proven that deep sleep helps you fend off stress, depression, and illness. It is the exercise that helps in stabilizing sleep patterns.
Encourage your employees to take care of themselves during working hours, and they will take care of your company in return. To read the original article, click on https://www.forbes.com/sites/alankohll/2019/01/09/why-we-pay-our-employees-to-exercise-at-work/?sh=7586de4928d2.