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obstacle courses to park runs. Find
out what's going on in your local
area and put together a work team.
Raising money and training together
is a great team-building opportunity
that will enhance staff wellbeing too.
WALKING AND TALKING
If your business is desk-based, think
beyond exclusive boardroom meetings.
In fact, unless your meeting requires
a PowerPoint presentation or specific
technology, there's no reason you and
your colleagues can't walk and talk.
You may even find it more productive!
As a small business, it's important
to give your employees the freedom
and flexibility to exercise during
their working day. A study presented
to the American College of Sports
Medicine found that workers who
spent 30 to 60 minutes at lunch
exercising reported an average
performance boost of 15%. Do your
best to negotiate discounts with nearby
gyms or health clubs to incentivise
your staff to enjoy a regular workout.
There are also external agencies
who will help you by running the
administration needed for such a
scheme. To find out more visit gov.uk.
MIND OVER MATTER
Helping your staff start the day
with the right mindset will have a
marked impact on their performance.
Before everyone starts checking
emails, ensure they complete some
stretches, mindfulness exercises or
yoga moves - you may well even
have an expert in your midst who
can share their knowledge with
the team. All you need is a few
yoga mats and some floor space.
CYCLE TO WORK
Employees who cycle to work take 2.1
fewer sick days on average than those
who don't. It's worth checking out the
Cycle To Work Scheme - a government
initiative to promote healthier work
journeys and reduce pollution. It
allows employers to loan up to £1,000
worth of bike and equipment to their
employees as a tax-free benefit. In
essence, you buy the bike and your
employee then rents it from the
company. It applies to companies
of all sizes across all sectors.
Introduce the midday mile at work,
where staff get up from their desks
and "move" a mile - they can
choose to run, walk or cycle. It will
provide your staff with a chance
to refresh and refocus, as well as
catch up with their colleagues.
What's more, a study from Stanford
University shows that walking
improves creative thinking, allowing us
to generate and execute more ideas -
which should lead to more productive
afternoons. What are you waiting for?
Consider the cost of offering staff
private medical insurance. Many
companies, such as Bupa, offer health
insurance targeted for small businesses
with between two and 249 employees.
It isn't just physical health they deal
with. Bupa also offers a counselling
service with a 24-hour helpline,
so your team's mental wellbeing
is being well looked after too.
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