University Research with PTF
The Effectiveness of Corporate Gym Usage on Absenteeism and Mental Well-being
Recently, an investigation into whether corporate gym usage is effective in reducing absenteeism and mental well-being was conducted with seventy-five participants at a central London site.
Employees took part in a study as part of a University of Exeter, student dissertation. Employees were split into three groups: those who used the gym ≤ once a week, > once a week and non gym-users. Each group completed a questionnaire identifying their activity levels, general health and mental well-being. Gym visits were also measured through PTF fit-track records. Finally, absenteeism rates were obtained through company records.
Results revealed that those who met government physical activity guidelines (150 minutes per week) had significantly higher well-being scores than those who did not. Likewise, those who met government guidelines were more likely to be a gym member. Interestingly, absenteeism was not significantly different across groups, however this could have been due to the high levels of general health of the participants.
With previous literature suggesting mental ill health costs UK business more than £9-billion a year, it is clear that methods of increasing mental well-being are important. The results of this study clearly identify the benefits of introducing on-site gyms to the corporate environment. The next step for employers is to understand how they can reduce absenteeism. Future research should take a more holistic approach to examining the use of more permanent interventions such as nutritional programmes, counseling services and health benefits.