A Healthy Workplace is a Happy Workplace
With all that sitting, working in an office is not the healthiest job on the planet. So how can you make 2013 the year you get active?
We’re constantly being told to eat less and move more. And yet for those of us that work in an office, we seem to be moving a lot less than we should be. We sit down during the commute, sit down at a desk, sit down with our lunch, sit down when we get home, and then do it all again the next day. The only thing that gets a workout is our tapping fingers.
After a long day at work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is go to the gym or nip out for a run, especially on dark cold nights. So how can you break the cycle of sitting, sitting, sitting?
One solution is to do your exercise at work. Whether it means joining a local gym or going out for a walk at lunch, it’s a great way to make the most of your lunch hour and means you’re not tempted to work through your break. It’s also much easier to incorporate exercise into your day rather than trying to squeeze it in before or after work.
Even better is the option to use gym and shower facilities within the office complex. And employers, take note: An office-based fitness centre is not just a ‘nice to have’ – it’s a great perk for employees which goes a long way towards boosting motivation and productivity levels.
One company that’s reaping the benefits of having a staff gym is Midlands-based IT company Postcode Anywhere. Following a recent office relocation, the company launched a subsidised gym membership programme for employees. One month later, over a third of employees have signed up to the service and are using the facilities regularly.
“It’s all about putting the focus on employees,” says Managing Director Guy Mucklow, speaking to Business Matters. “Healthy, happy workers are proven to be far more productive… Those who do exercise come back to their desk feeling rejuvenated and ready to crack on with their work.”
Research from the US Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology shows that people who are physically active tend to be more enthusiastic about their jobs. And Postcode Anywhere is reporting the same results. Following a session in the gym, employees report that they feel recharged and rejuvenated with greater concentration levels.
Mucklow says that encouraging employees to use the fitness facilities is a great way to help boost staff retention and reduce absence. “The average absenteeism rate is eight days per employee, per year – ours is just one and a half,” he added.
Providing gym facilities is one of the best ways to provide a healthier and happier team. Does your business provide fitness facilities at the office? What other perks would you like to introduce at work?
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