Case study: Schlumberger powers a healthier workforce

Oil and gas firm Schlumberger has reimbursed employees’ gym membership up to a maximum of £250 a year for many years. On 1 July 2010 it rolled out Gymflex, provided by Incorpore, making 2,500 health clubs across the UK and Ireland available to the 3,000 staff who are eligible for its eight-year-old flexible benefits scheme.

Barbara Collen, senior benefits analyst at Schlumberger, says: “We did a flex survey in 2009 and gym membership was one of the things that came up in employees’ comments.”

The firm prefaced the launch with 22 roadshows at each of its UK sites. The Gymflex team attended as many as they could, along with other providers, such as flex provider Edenred. It also communicated the scheme using email campaigns, information on the company intranet, and details posted to employees’ homes on the first day of the election period.

Schlumberger also offers other benefits to help staff stay healthy, such as a bikes-for-work scheme, health screening as a flexible benefit or voluntary benefit, and offerings such as physiotherapy through a health cash plan, provided by BHSF.

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