According to a recent survey by The Principal Financial Group, spending more on employee fitness programs may lower turnover (離職率) and increase productivity (生産性) for small businesses. The Principal Financial Group surveyed 1,197 employees and 630 retirees of small and mid-sized businesses (中小企業) in 2006. Result show that more than half of employees said fitness programs offered by their employers encouraged (推奨する) harder work and better performance. Physical fitness leads to mental fitness, which in turn leads to productivity and better performance.
Also according to the survey, 55% said they are more likely to stay with employers offering fitness programs. U.S. employees have long been known to switch jobs frequently for higher salary and advanced positions, but today, many employers are making efforts (努力している) to retain experienced and skilled employees. The widespread of fitness facilities is one of the many ways in which U.S. employers are trying to win employee loyalty.
I realize that it may be unrealistic for small and mid-sized businesses in Japan to create fitness facilities in their building. But it is not difficult to offer discounts to sport clubs near the office and allow employees to take time off to work out.
Thinking about working in Japan? Preparing to move overseas almost becomes a full-time job in the final weeks of your departure. Many people quit their jobs weeks before so they can devote their time to preparation. But what about your health insurance? Short-term health insurance plans are a great solution. ↓
Below are links to Certified Social Insurance and Labor Consultants providing services in English. Also below are useful links related to working in Japan and links to women balancing career and personal happiness. WJA realizes and promotes women's increasing value in the labor market.