“The gym is one of the few employee benefits that hasn’t been trimmed in recent years. About one in five employers provides an on-site fitness center, about the same as five years ago,” so says Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal.
“It’s hard to beat the company gym for the convenience of having workout space close to the workplace. Membership fees are usually discounted, and some companies arrange breaks on health-care premiums to employees who exercise,” the article continues. “But there’s another advantage: the chance to polish office relationships.”
Nonetheless, one chief executive said, “There’s a lot of grunting going on. It’s difficult to talk in between all the grunting.”
He stresses the importance of fitness. He sent out an email late last year encouraging employees to stay in top physical shape so they could do their best work, he says.
In view of the demands the corporations make on most working folks’ time, it is great to see them supporting personal fitness and weight maintenance.