On-Site Health Clubs Deemed Modern-Day Corporate Responsibility According to Survey by Executive Jobs Web Site TheLadders
NEW YORK (November 28, 2005) - The days of the corpulent corporate fat cat are gone. In their place, a new emphasis on physical fitness has emerged among executives in the higher ranks of American business. According to a survey conducted by the largest $100k+ online job resource, TheLadders.com, the vast majority of executives say that physical fitness is critical to career success.
When asked to describe their perceptions of physical fitness in the workplace, 75% of the survey respondents said good physical fitness is "critical for career success at the executive level." Despite the clear majority opinion, 17% of the survey respondents would rather exercise their wallets, suggesting that staying in shape is "a nice goal, but secondary to fiscal fitness." Just 4% said that their physical condition was "irrelevant" to their careers, and 3% said it was "something for people who don't have busy careers" (see charts below).
Following suit at the other end of the spectrum, when asked about obesity, another 75% of executives said that being overweight is a "serious career impediment." Twenty-two percent said that weight had no bearing on career success. Just 3% have held onto the 19th Century notion that success can be measured in inches around the waist, claiming that a few extra pounds are a "symbol of maturity and career success."
Should companies get involved with the physical fitness of their employees? Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said yes, suggesting that employers should provide on-site health clubs or subsidize gym memberships. Another 12% suggested that companies should offer cash incentives to employees who exercise regularly. Nine percent said companies should not get involved at all and 6% suggested the sponsorship of company-wide weight-loss programs.
"Physical fitness is a critical issue for employers these days as rising healthcare costs and increased knowledge about the health risks associated with obesity-related conditions have companies thinking seriously about the long-term health of their employees," said TheLadders.com president and CEO, Marc Cenedella.
TheLadders.com's look at fitness in the workplace is based on a series of surveys of registered $100k+ executives conducted by TheLadders.com between August 22nd, 2005 and September 6th, 2005. The number of responses and margin of error for each survey is as follows: