first_imgIndian millennials have the longest working hours in the world. According to reports, in India people spend majority of their time in offices i.e. working an average of 52 hours per week.And if you have a desk job then it is more dangerous for your life.  Speaking about workplace workout, Anish Basu Roy, Co-founder and CEO, of Shotang who has included a lot of office fitness programmes and activities says he remember looking forward to the sports and physical education sessions, as school kids, every day.We all were told about the benefits of exercise, fitness and health. It was so much a part of our everyday life at our then workplace – school. Wonder why it is not a part of our workplace routine as working adults?Fitness at the workplace should be promoted by all employers.Here’s how a focus on fitness can transform organisations: 1.    Health and life insurance:   Employers should always aim to create a workplace where employees feel genuinely cared for. Companies should invest in the health of their team members; so that not just the team members but even their families feel that the organisation cares for its people. Workplace wellness initiatives create a long term impact on the lifestyle of people working in an organization. Workplace wellness programs have the potential to be so infectious that sometimes employees spread the focus on fitness to people outside their organisation as well.2.    Professional career span demanding long distance marathon The standard 40 hour work week is slowly dying a slow death. As technology permeates our work culture, the boundaries between our professional and personal lives are blurring. Increasingly, our career span is beginning to resemble a demanding, long distance marathon and only the healthy ones are likely to last till the end. Particularly in startups, the rapid growth of the company often induces stress and pressure as an outcome of the long working hours. The only way to help your team cope with this is to help them stay healthy and avoid burnout.advertisement3.    Teams that workout together, work much better together There are very few activities which foster teamwork better than working outtogether. Working out together helps people to get to know each other in a non-work environment, where they can drop their professional guard.Often this is the best place to get to know people from other functionsand teams. I have also noticed that this also the best way of flattening hierarchies in the organisation.4.    Brilliant hiring hook and an even better retention mechanism Let’s face it.  Very few people wouldn’t want to work with a super fit team. It is one of those offers which you would find difficult to refuse. Companies should encourage pre-joining interactions over a workout session sometimes. People like to work in organisations which have fitness as a part of their culture.5.    The underutilisation of sick leaves in your company will surprise you Imagine the impact it can have on your organisation’s productivity levels! The energy levels of such an organization will be so much higher than others. All of this has a logical explanation as well. Leading psychotherapists often state that exercise helps with the production of endorphins and serotonin – our pain relief and happy hormones. Both of these hormones assist in the regulation of metabolism, sleep, concentration and motivation.  A brief about Shotang:”At Shotang, we have kept it simple. We have hired an in-house trainer. We have invested in providing lockers and shower rooms. We also include a variety of activities like yoga day, health check-ups, volleyball, cricket tournaments, running, cycling, golf, badminton as well as strength and conditioning,” said Anish Basu Roy, Co -founder and CEO, of Shotang. Hopefully, more and more companies will embrace workplace wellness initiatives and make it a part of their DNA. After all, fit and healthy employees equal happy employees.Authored article by Anish Basu Roy, Co -founder and CEO, of Shotang Read: 10 interesting jobs for zero workplace blueslast_img

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