We’ll dive into how running can help your workforce become more productive and successful at work, and how to go about organizing a race for them.
More and more companies today are turning towards running races to boost activity levels in the office. Companies are recognizing the benefits that running offers in terms of de-cluttering, de-stressing and helping to strategize employees work routine.
Running is a great equalizer. Whether you’re a senior manager or an office junior, when you are out running, you’re on a level playing field. Running clubs, run commutes and evening training runs are all great ways to improve your relationship with your colleagues.
There is even research to prove that distance trail running provides increased job-stress relief and has a positive impact on work-related productivity in a number of ways. For example, a German study found elevated levels of endorphins in the brains of its test subjects after a two-hour run. Also called “runner’s high”, these endorphins lift runners’ mood in such a way that it gives rise to the positive feelings and mental states. Wondering how and why you should bring this feeling to your workplace? Read on to know.
How does organizing a run or walkathon benefit your company?
Everyone can participate
Running or walking is something everyone can do. Also, you really don’t need to train as much for a walkathon, just a pair of running shoes will do. This increases acceptance rates and ensures your event is a grand success.
Encourages a healthy lifestyle
Healthcare initiatives at work should focus not only on sickness, but ways to get healthy. Leaders and managers can serve as role models for healthy behaviors by signing up for races. Taking up running is not only a good reason for weight-loss, it also helps employees improve their overall wellbeing.
Diversity & inclusion
Friendly runs for differently abled employees where men and women of all ages can participate – they go a long way to help you further your company’s D&I agenda. Also, running groups in the company allow employees to practice team inclusion by allowing colleagues to join the group. If anybody in the office wants a spot on the group, it’s theirs for the taking.
A community-building tool
Employee running groups eventually lead to trust-based communities – a hallmark of loyalty. They remain loyal to each other through their participation in the group. Sharing a goal in common with can work wonders for team camaraderie and collaboration. It can also help employee’s foster meaningfully deeper bonds of connectivity and long-term relationships through shared experiences and camaraderie.
CSR as a morale booster
Adding CSR into the mix will motivate employees to unite around common causes and build a sense of pride and belonging amongst them. This eventually works as a morale booster. It also shows employees and the immediate community that the company’s CSR strategy is part of a genuine effort to create positive change.
How do you go about organising?
Getting the word out to your employees
The roadblocks ahead
Handling the race
Who to talk to?
The Fuller Life started Runners for Life 13 years ago, when running was far from being the new golf. We are now India’s oldest running community with races that range from 5K runs for beginners to 24 hour runs for the ultramarathoners. Our runs include the Kaveri Trail Marathon, Urban Stampede and Bangalore Ultra. We have also organized runs for several companies like Accenture, HP, Microsoft, Shell, Xiaomi and others…
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