Ask any HR professional whether they would like to know about a way to increase productivity without overburdening employees; chances are that they would jump at the opportunity to find out more.
A key question to answer is:
Why is this a key question you ask:
The Stockholm University research found that, at worst, employees who exercised for 2.5 hours each working week (30 minutes per day) got as much done with their time as the people who did not work out did in their regular hours. Add to that a reduction in absenteeism and an increase in self-assessed productivity and there is a clear net benefit for an employer.
It is one of the reasons that so many best companies have embraced this research. At Google, for example, employees can get massages, treatments, relaxation sessions, do yoga or exercise all while “at work.” Many other companies have similar programmes because they believe that it is essential to have happy employees in order to get the most out of them. Not only that, but by providing perks in the workplace, Google gives employees a reason to stay on site longer. This in turn leads to productive work-related conversations between people who are off the clock, but still in the office to use the exercise equipment, or walk, jog or attend a class.
This does not mean that every business should or even could immediately copy what Google is doing, but companies must realize that it is in their interest that employees exercise.
Apart from the productivity benefit of having healthier and happier employees, there are other advantages of putting a smile on the face of workers. Allowing them to step away from their desk for a workout, relaxation session, massage or walk, will certainly increase their job satisfaction. A regular exercise routine gives people more energy when compared to their sedentary counterparts, which in turn leads to a more productive and enjoyable work life balance too.
With all of these advantages, employers should not just allow employees to exercise (and in this we include brisk walking) but try to make sure that they actually move away from their work station and do so!
Exercise to boost employee performance I hear you say…..this raises a huge potential problem for businesses who will not have the resources to install a gym or still feel uneasy about allowing their limited staff time off during the day just to work out. Fortunately, new technologies in the fields of personal fitness and exercise equipment & monitoring now allow most businesses to enjoy the benefits of an effective on-site workout programme that is both cost and time efficient.
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We offer HIIT training, workplace walking programmes, fitness monitoring devices for staff, step challenges and workplace exercise sessions to name but a few. We will come in and share with you realistic, cost effective and performance enhancing ideas from the Tonic Toolbox based on your needs and budget.
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