We all know how hard it can be to switch off after a long day at work, with emails to check, meetings to think about and a pile of work waiting on our desks for us in the morning. Soon enough, we feel stressed and tired, and this can affect our performance at work.

Exercise is an excellent way to combat work-related stress because it clears the mind, helps us sleep and releases mood-enhancing endorphins that just make us feel good. But finding the time and energy to do so after a long day at work is sometimes the biggest challenge of all.

Now, as companies rightly recognise the positive impact fitness has on employee wellbeing, many are opting to install on-site gyms, as a leading retailer recently did at its regional distribution centre, giving staff the opportunity to use one of three new Versaclimbers.

Wellbeing matters

Stress, anxiety and depression are serious concerns for any business and can result in high levels of absence among the workforce.

There is no shortage of reports about the difficulties of balancing our work and personal lives, and while technology is speeding up many day-to-day tasks, it’s also making it difficult to switch off. In a recent survey, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 40 per cent of HR professionals say they have seen a rise in stress-related absence in workplaces over the past year.

According to the report, the majority of employers want to improve health and wellbeing but policies remain ad hoc, dealing with the issues if and when they appear, rather than creating a strategy to prevent stress-related illness.

The power of an in-house gym

Giving employees a space to exercise helps them feel motivated and engaged. Instead of travelling to the gym, they can squeeze in a workout before or after their shift, or even during their lunch break.

It’s a great perk for staff, and makes the company more attractive to applicants. Taking an interest in employees’ health and wellbeing also helps them to feel valued and respected, which can help boost productivity.

Make it happen!

By introducing an in-house gym, busy staff members now have the chance to improve their fitness, without leaving the site. Versaclimbers in particular provide a fast calorie-burning yet zero-impact workout, making them ideal for workers who spend a lot of time on their feet and want to avoid the risk of injury.

The leading retailer’s gym caters to 420 members of staff, and is open 24 hours, seven days a week to fit around shift times of its workers. Providing a full-body cardio workout, even the most time-pressed employees are able to use the Versaclimbers to improve their fitness.

To find out how the Versaclimber can contribute to workplace fitness and wellbeing, click here.

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