Learn why LoadUp is investing in employee fitness and why it’s a good business move for any company.
LoadUp is excited to announce a new fitness center discount program as part of our benefits package for our team of regular, full-time employees.
In an effort to promote a healthy workforce, LoadUp now contributes $20 per pay period, or about $40 per month, toward a membership at the employee’s choice of gym.
Promoting Employee Health & Wellness
Many companies have gotten on board with promoting workplace wellness. Each year, more and more companies begin to offer wellness services including onsite clinics, free massages, biometric screenings, and discounted or free gym memberships.
LoadUp is following this health-conscious employer trend by offering their regular employees a monetary contribution toward a gym membership.
In order to be eligible for this benefit, all a LoadUp employee has to do is maintain a gym membership and submit proof of membership each month, as well as proof of the membership being held in their name.
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Why Workplace Wellness Matters
The number of people hitting the gym has greatly increased over the last few years. For many people, going to the gym is an essential part of their daily routine. Because of this popularity, more and more companies are starting to offer gym membership benefits.
Employees are able to have either a fully funded or discounted membership to a gym, fitness center, or health club when employers offer corporate gym memberships. This may seem like an unusual benefit to offer, but it is quickly becoming commonplace.
Besides the obvious physical benefits of regular exercise, staying active has also been shown to improve mental and cognitive health, leading to better performance at work. Even a 15-minute brisk walk or jog can significantly improve employee productivity and performance.
Regular exercise also helps to promote growth and repair of brain cells. slowing and reducing the process of cognitive decline and improving overall cognitive functions like memory, learning ability, and concentration.
Living an active lifestyle also serves to effectively prevent mental health problems later in life. Exercising produces the feel-good chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, promoting feelings of well-being and happiness.
Regular exercise also helps to naturally reduce stress levels in the workplace by lowering cortisol. What this means is, staying active can promote a longer, happier life for employees.
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Why Employers Should Offer Gym Membership Benefits
When employees take several days of sick leave, it can eventually cost businesses millions of dollars every year in reduced productivity and missed opportunities, which employers can’t afford.
Not only does exercise help the immune system fight off infections and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis, but when you exercise, antibodies are pushed through your system at a faster rate.
This can prevent major illnesses because these antibodies are able to detect and fight off illnesses earlier than they normally would.
Research has shown that stress-related illnesses at work have increased over the last year. Many employees leave the office feeling stressed and anxious every day, due to bigger workloads, longer hours, and tighter deadlines.
Unfortunately, some employees take these feelings home with them and the workplace stress manifests into long-term problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
When companies offer fitness center benefits, employees are able to release work-related stress at the gym. Because your body produces endorphins through aerobic activity, this makes exercise a natural stress-buster.
Research performed in recent years has shown that one of the major causes of stress and anxiety in the workplace is interpersonal relationships with co-workers.
Staff rarely have time to stop and socialize with each other during a busy workday, which can prevent employees from forming good relationships. Especially if employees are participating in a group exercise class together, going to the gym can be a great way for staff to bond.
This means that coworkers are more likely to respond to negative situations, such as helping others with their workload, in a much calmer and proactive manner. In fact, a study by the University of Bristol found that after exercise, coworkers became more tolerant and forgiving of each other.
If you’re an employee who wants to make a positive difference in your company’s culture and success, join LoadUp and a number of other companies in promoting employee wellness by suggesting gym membership benefits to your HR manager or employer.
Remember, what’s good for employee health is good for the company’s bottom line.
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