Why gym memberships are a workplace perk I gladly provide

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When Google announced its big Alphabet news recently, some pundits said talent retention was a big factor in Larry Page’s big shakeup. The war for talent among tech startups has been fierce in recent years as companies offer a raft of perks such as concierge service, company vacations or an on-site music studio.

We don’t offer outlandish perks at my company, Onehub, but there’s one benefit I’m happy to pony up for because it provides the biggest return — a CrossFit or traditional gym membership. CrossFit classes are freely available to every employee, and three times a week the office empties out as almost everyone walks across the street for an hour-long workout.

Encouraging our employees to step away from their desks to exercise isn’t a cost as much as it is an investment in our continued success. When our employees work out, Onehub benefits. In exchange for those hours, the company gets: Continue reading