Running is booming across the planet and is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. What does this mean for the workday commute and your employee mobility?
Many time-starved professionals struggle to juggle everything. Between family, work and exercise it can be hard to keep everything going.
“Organisation’s are seeing an ever-increasing number of professionals getting their daily run in on the way to and from work.”
It can be a great way for employees to get in some much-needed training if they are preparing for a long-distance race or they are just looking for a daily dose of endorphins.
How can you make running to work the new norm for your office?
All forms of active commutes require effective facilities for employees to feel and look presentable in the workplace. Do you have the changing rooms to allow people to shower and refresh after their morning commute? Do you have lockers or private storage space so staff don’t have to carry around changes of clothes in and out to work every day?
Fitness is a barrier when it comes to running. For staff members who are out of shape, running to work may never seem like a possibility, even if their proximity to the workplace allows it.
“Creating regular office workouts for staff is a great way to help them get into and stay in shape.”
More importantly, it can get employees enjoying their exercise again, putting them on the pathway towards a more active commute such as running.
Pounding the pavements is great for the mind and body in many ways. However, running can take a toll on the body if not done under the right instruction. Nothing is going to put a stop to your employee running to work quicker than a repetitive strain injury which is allowed to fester over a number of weeks. Have a look at how your company can support employees to work with physiotherapists to overcome any issues, either through subsidy, health insurance or in-house physio schemes.
One of the biggest barriers around running to work is actually a prevalent workplace culture, the habit of being online late in the evening. Many companies have a culture where you come to work, do your day’s work, head home, and then login to do another couple of hours of work when you get home.
This workplace culture is not conducive to runners for one simple reason. It’s a nightmare to run with a laptop bag strapped to your back!
If your organisation has taken all the steps to make it as easy as possible to run in and out of work and still you find the take up to be slow, it’s time to start a discussion on your office culture.