Posted on December 20, 2017 by Gordon Smith

The Christmas season is a period where the UK workforce slows down. It’s a time when businesses focus on employee motivation with Christmas drinks, parties, Secret Santas, and perhaps best of all, office closures.

Even if a business is still open over this period, it’s a very relaxed and easy-going time.

From a business perspective, this quiet time is a great opportunity to get around to doing those management and maintenance jobs that are hard to get done when the office is busy. One of these is gym maintenance.

In a busy corporate environment, it’s easy for jobs like this to slip down the priority list, but our tips will help you get your gym in employee-ready shape over the break.

Basic equipment audit

You probably already know about any major breakdowns in your equipment.

But this is a great time to check out all your equipment and give it a thorough testing and audit. Making sure everything is up to scratch will mean employees have fully-functioning equipment and are motivated to use it when they return to work in January.

Equipment problems tend to fall into two categories: mechanical and digital.

Mechanical equipment problems can manifest as unstable or wobbly equipment (check floor fixings), seats which are at risk of collapse, worn cables, pulleys and belts. Give everything a good visual and manual inspection. Check fitness mats are not torn or worn.

On the digital side, check if touchscreens are responsive all the way across, whether the earphone sockets work etc.

Other equipment, such as treadmills or Cross Trainers, will also need a run-through to check for any strange noises, jerkiness or general performance issues due to wear and tear.

Once your audit is complete, you can then make a more informed assessment as to what fixes you can do in-house and what equipment needs to be repaired or serviced by a professional.

Repair and service

Getting an experienced gym maintenance company to do a thorough equipment service gives your business the piece of mind that all equipment is up to scratch and adheres to the latest safety standards.

It also means you’re getting a professional who knows and understands gym equipment and can identify where there are issues or repairs required which someone who potentially lacks this experience could fail to notice.

A service involves more in-depth testing of equipment to ensure it is performing at its best. An engineer will look ‘under the bonnet’ to test internal cables and wiring, as well as the general mechanics of the machines to see if all is working as it should.

What is particularly important about a service is that it ensures all equipment lasts longer and runs consistently well. If you’ve made an investment in a corporate gym, then regular service and maintenance will ensure a better return.

Equipment clean-up

Gyms are sweaty places, so the Christmas period is a good time to give the space a deep clean. Not to make you feel too queasy, but gym weights can carry over 300 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, so it is really important to not only clean every day, but also carry out a deep antibacterial clean every few months.

Key areas to focus on are mats, seats, benches and touchpads; basically, any commonly used equipment or areas where germs can build up. With free weights, it’s also worth giving them a scrub with a brush to deep clean the knurling.

If there are mats or padding that are ripped, then this is also a good time to replace them to ensure the gym is as bacteria free as possible. After all, a gym is supposed to increase overall wellbeing and boost health.

Change things around

Ring in the new year with a new outlook, and give employees a fresh perspective by moving equipment or reconfiguring the gym space. If you’re noticing changing trends, such as more employees are focusing on weights, then you could move equipment around to suit that need.

Look at the way people are moving around the space – do they have to walk round any equipment that causes an obstruction? If so, consider repositioning. Read more about maximising space in your corporate gym.

Additionally, from a mindset perspective, moving equipment around may also mean employees are encouraged to try something different or less-used equipment.

Return on your investment

There is a perception that a corporate gym is costly to install and run, but this isn’t the case. It can cost as little as £11 per employee per month, which can be charged as either part of a salary sacrifice scheme or covered by the organisation itself. Read more about creating a corporate gym that pays for itself.

However, if equipment is left to breakdown, then this will incur additional cost and, overall, is not a great use of your spend. Regularly maintaining and servicing equipment will ensure you and your employees get a good return on your investment.

If you think your workplace gym needs an equipment audit or MOT over the Christmas period, then we’re here to help. By starting the New Year with a fully serviced gym will not only give you piece of mind, but will also help employees to boost their health and overall wellbeing.

If you’re already a gym maintenance customer you can report a fault here.