WELLNESS
12/08/2014 05:44 pm ET Updated Dec 09, 2014

Why This Company Pays Employees To Work Out At The Office

As much as we might like to squeeze a workout into each day, demanding schedules often get the best of us -- even when we plan to wake up before the crack of dawn or reserve energy for a fitness class after work. That's why MaidPro CEO Mark Kushinsky brought the gym to his office, encouraging employees to take an hour in the middle of the day to blow off steam -- all while on the clock. He joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss how this decision has impacted MaidPro's culture.

"It gets loud and they play music and we've got personal trainers who come in every day and we've got group fitness and yoga -- it's great," said Kushinsky, who joins in boxing practice and classes alongside his staff members. "When you're running and jumping and everyone's sweating, you're sort of not thinking about who's the boss and who does what. "

While many companies question the impact of such programs on the bottom line, Kushinsky is far less focused on the profitability than he is on the noticeable change in the well-being of his employees.

"It helps with recruiting, it helps with retention, and clearly people are happier that use it," he said. "I think the hour they put in in the gym makes their other seven much more productive... I think it's important to do it, not even worrying about profits. It just feels good."

To hear more about MaidPro's at-work exercise program and why it's successful, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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