How a lunchtime walk equals engaged employees
This is Maru/Syngro’s New Year resolution – once a week we bring in our trainers, wrap up warm and head out for a walk during lunchtime. We want to make we keep moving through the day, clear our minds and socialise with our colleagues. This weeks walk was particularly fresh in the recent snow we’ve had☃️
Given the amount of time spent at work, it makes sense to think about the opportunities for increasing physical activity in and around the workplace. A more active workforce brings lots of benefits to both staff and your business. We are advocates of employee motivation and engagement to increase and improve the overall Customer Experience. Here’s how walking helps:
Benefits for employees
A lunchtime walk helps people to return to work feeling refreshed and energised
Walking can be included as part of the journey to and from work and is easy to fit into lunch breaks. As it is a gentle activity there is no need to get changed or shower!
Workplace walking can be a sociable activity and has the added value of providing an opportunity to network
Benefits for employers
- Increases employee commitment to work, staff performance and productivity
- Reduces staff turnover or intention to leave
- Reduces sickness costs and absence
Facts and figures
- Physically active employees take 27% less sick days than non-active employees
- Studies have shown that individual work performance can be improved by between 4% and 15% when people engage in regular physical activity
- An on-site fitness programme can reduce staff turnover by between 8% and 13%
With all of these benefits, there’s no excuse. So, grab your shoes, round em up and start making the right steps to a healthier, more motivated, you!