Last week I worked at a facility where two of the therapists exercised during their lunch time. Exercising at work isn't unusual. I've worked at clinics where staff could use the equipment before and after hours. One place I worked at actually sold gym memberships to use the equipment. So while exercising at lunch might be somewhat different, it isn't out of the question.
There was just one problem. They locked the door to the gym while they worked out. I was told they didn't want anyone to see them. It was OK if I needed to go in there for something but I couldn't treat any patients. That created a problem since the facility expected me to be working during that period. Working as in either writing notes or treating patients and I'd already written my notes while trays were being delivered.
I've never run into anything like this before. I understand their wanting to exercise without staying late. For all I know, the facility might not want them to use the equipment after hours. On the other hand, the expectation was that I would be working, which was difficult to do since the door to the gym was locked until they finished. I had time requirements for these patients. To leave on time, I had to keep working. The facility might not have noticed I wasn't working but I knew I would get caught in some serious traffic if I left late.
This is a minor thing on the big scale of things. Considering the last few weeks, it barely even registered. I ended up treating someone in his room, which wasn't ideal but solved the problem. I never considered exercising at lunch before. I write notes at lunch. I treat patients. I don't sit around idly. To me it was a foreign concept.