Why Promoting Exercise In The Workplace Is Beneficial
The nine to five workday is no more as employees are now dealing with increased workloads and ongoing pressure to meet deadlines. On top of that, never truly switching off has become the new norm, whether it’s reading a presentation over the evening meal or checking emails before bedtime. We all know the importance of regular exercise for our physicality, but a regular fitness regime is now key for employees to successfully do their roles. In a recent study by One4all Rewards, 39% of employees said they would like to see their workplace do more to encourage them to stay fit.
Here are five reasons why fitness should be encouraged in the workplace:
1. Reduce Absenteeism
Regular exercise keeps people healthy and they become less vulnerable to the ‘bug going around the office’. An employee health and fitness system results in reduced absenteeism and saves huge amounts of costs on healthcare expenditure.
2. Job Satisfaction
When employees engage in regular exercise, they are less stressful and are more interested in going above and beyond in their roles. In One4all’s research, 23% of employees said they would stay long-term in a company that offered health and fitness initiatives.
3. Reduce Stress
Stress is one of the leading causes of absenteeism at work, especially in high-pressure environments. Regular exercise is a great way of releasing the tensions that are causing stress levels to spike. Working out produces hormones like norepinephrine in the body that helps in proper brain functioning and also enhances mood.
4. Better Sleep
Research has shown that getting a good night’s sleep is key to fending off stress, depression, and sickness. And there is a direct link between regular exercise and sleep. Several studies have demonstrated that exercise is helpful in stabilising sleep patterns.
5. Increased Motivation
Regular exercise keeps employees more energetic, motivated and happy. And employees with more energy are more motivated in their role which leads to increased productivity in the workplace.