Helping Gymnation go from 0-100 in record time
When companies grow quickly, their HR teams face the challenge of managing the ever growing teams and ensuring their workforce is engaged. In these situations, the importance of having the right digital systems cannot be underestimated. We spoke to William Rasmussen-Dean, UAE Country Director at Gymnation, to find out how the Bayzat platform has helped Gymnation enhance its HR operation in the UAE during a period of rapid growth.
In just five years, Gymnation has become the largest health and fitness provider in the UAE, with more than 40,000 members across its seven open locations in the region. It already has multiple new locations lined up and plans to expand into Saudi Arabia in 2023. Its workforce also expanded massively during this period – growing from less than 10 people to 115. With no formal HR department in place, Gymnation turned to Bayzat for an HR infrastructure that could support the company’s growth ambitions.
After evaluating several US-based providers, Gymnation selected Bayzat’s HR management platform for the backbone of its HR operation. Starting from the ground up, Bayzat streamlined Gymnation’s HR workflows by automating key processes such as employee onboarding and centralizing all the different components under HR’s remit. The platform automatically synced all HR records with Payroll to ensure total accuracy, while providing one location for staff to request and approve leave, manage employee records, and gain insights into performance.
As well as cutting down admin time, Bayzat provided much-needed visibility across the workforce. Previously, HR had limited visibility into employee attendance and how much leave staff had taken, resulting in a lack of accuracy which actually cost the business money in terms of paying employees for time off that they had already taken. Centralizing everything through one platform gave HR the full picture, which wasn’t previously possible to achieve through manual processes.
“Bayzat lets us accurately track people’s holidays, maternity leave and sick days – which we could never really do before other than through Excel.
“Saudi will be a very big market for us. We’re looking to have 30+ clubs in Saudi Arabia, so it will be bigger than our UAE operation. Having Bayzat on board will be key for that expansion. We will literally roll Bayzat out as our HR platform in the region, knowing we have the perfect infrastructure in place to make our expansion goals a reality,” said William.
In fact, Gymnation is so impressed with how easy it was to implement Bayzat’s work life platform, they are looking to unlock the performance.