RS: In 2008 we were very intensively involved in occupational health and initiated various company agreements and measures. One of these measures was intended as a positive incentive for employees to do something for their health. We were on the lookout for a very convincing offer. There were an incredible number of providers. The holistic nature and quality of the facility was very important to us. With Sports Up and INJOY we selected two particularly high-quality fitness centres here in the area. They did not just have extremely well-equipped fitness studios with a wide range of offers, but also a complete rehabilitation area.
LF: They also have top-quality staff. Nearly all of them are trained and qualified sports teachers or orthopaedists. They also employ medical staff and ecotrophologists for nutritional advice. A very important aspect is that the experts from Sports Up also visit us regularly at the company and arrange appointments with our employees. Back screenings or cardiac stress measurements are performed, for example, and consultations are offered. Or there are relaxation exercises at the workplace and the trainers show how to loosen your muscles. You don't get this in a normal fitness centre.
How's it looking in terms of employee participation in the programme? How many are using it?
RS: The participation rate for occupational health management measures like these is usually 5 to 10 percent. At the beginning, Sports Up said: We forecast a participation rate of around 30 percent of your employees. That was a very bold statement. Then we told ourselves: If we manage that, it will be a huge success. And now it turns out we had over 30 percent in the past, and even 34 percent last year. These are great figures
LF: There is also a big demand for appointments offered by Sports Up at the company during working hours. At the beginning the appointments were allocated immediately. And they still get quickly booked up. The participation rate is of course especially high to start with, as many people are very curious. But then you have to continuously work on it to maintain interest. Sports UP constantly offers new tools and the use of new measuring instruments, for example. And we are always thinking about how better to appeal to employees and what other possibilities we can offer them. In 2011, we also set up a mental health hotline, for example, as we are seeing an increasing number of mental health problems. Unfortunately, this a general trend, which has therefore also manifested itself at Gira.
Under the programme we provide, all Gira employees are members of the sports studios. Which means that Gira is also paying for the membership for those who don't go there. Doesn't that bother you?
RS: No, because we deliberately opted for this principle. This means that all employees always have the opportunity to go for a workout. If, for example, someone stops going for a while, he or she can then go back again without having to bother about getting membership again. In return, Gira pays approx. one third of the usual monthly charge for each employee. As around 30 percent of employees take advantage of the offer, this works out perfectly.