Staying Fit Tips When Working from Home
Apparently, 43% of adults spend less than ten minutes a day walking. That’s nearly half of the UK who have a 60% higher risk of premature death compared with those who exercise regularly. The recommended amount of steps we should walk per day is 10,000. Most adults walk somewhere between 3000 and 4000
One of the beauties of home working is that your employees can build an exercise routine into their day and it is time for line managers of remote workers to encourage them. After all, it pays to foster a healthier, energised workforce because that in turn leads to less sickness, higher productivity and ultimately better customer service.
Here are a few tips:
1. Host a 20 minute daily morning call where employees are encouraged to ‘walk and talk’ team meeting. What ever the weather – it may be just be a walk around their garden or a chance to walk the dog while catching up on business. This can be a practical and sociable solution to a lack of exercise in the office.
2. Build Gym membership into your employee benefits package. It will cost less if employees are able to visit a gym during the day.
3. Buy homeworking staff a fit bit and encourage challenges between team members.
4. Hook up with a Fitness Guru who can do an initial face to face meeting and then provide online fitness packages for all types of fitness levels. This can also work for those with reduced mobility provided the fitness regime is bespoke to their needs. For example, even with my mobility issue I manage to dance along with Colleen Nolan 3 times a week in an effort to try to maintain a certain level of fitness.
- In 2 weeks you’ll feel the difference in your team
- In 3 weeks you’ll see the difference in your team
- In 4 weeks you’ll hear the difference in your team
The effort that you put into encouraging your staff to stay healthy will also have a knock on effect on your staff engagement scores.
Healthy and happy homeworkers produce better results.