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Is a work gym the best way to tackle absenteeism


Q - Our CEO wants to put a gym in the building to improve staff health, is this the best way to tackle absenteeism?

A - It is a well known fact that physical health can have a direct link to performance at work.  It can also help to improve mental health, which again has a positive impact on performance at work.  So a gym at work may seem an obvious solution, however this is still a tricky question to answer.  It really depends on how your employees see the problem, so have you done your research?  You need to find the underlying reasons for absence, and whether people would use a work gym.  Otherwise you might spend a lot of time and money putting one in, but still have an empty gym and an absenteeism problem.