Employees are actively participating in changing their health.
Though I believe in the benefits of all the different corporate wellness services, sometimes sitting in on seminars just doesn’t have the same effect for a person as actually getting out there and performing a behavior. In this case, employees are able to get outside and actually run each week for 9 weeks.
Skills and confidence built during running translate to the office.
I think a lot of parallels can be drawn from some of the nonprofit programs that use running as a means of skill building. For example, Back on My Feet works with homeless shelters, and participants run as a means of building confidence to prepare them for getting back in the workforce. A prison-based running program in Oregon helps inmates blow off steam and put issues behind them.
Your company is certainly a bit different than these two scenarios, but the skills built – improved confidence, figuring out healthy ways of relieving stress, and working towards a common goal – are the same. Learning these through running can help employees implement them in the work setting too.
For example, many employees who started with only being able to run a minute are able to run a full 5K by the end of the program. Seeing that goal accomplished can translate to motivation in accomplishing work-based goals, and not giving up just because of a few setbacks along the way.
Corporate running programs build interdepartmental connections.
In a lot of workplace settings, employees may only interact with the coworkers in their department on a regular basis. Corporate running programs allow friendships and teamwork to develop across different departments. An employee from accounting may find that they have the same pace as an employee from sales, and start to run together for company and conversation during the program. These connections enhance the comradery among your entire organization.
Your company ends up with healthier employees.
And of course, those healthier employees mean many things immediately for your company: improved morale, increased productivity, and enhanced corporate culture. Over time, those healthier employees can lead to reduced absenteeism and disability, and possibly lower health care claims.
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