The Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine shared the results of a study that all employers may find interesting and beneficial to their business profitability and employee productivity.
The study involved an employer in Sweden who established a mandatory exercise program for employees to be carried out during regular work hours: 2 ½ hours per week.
Another group of employees received the same reduction in work hours, but no exercise program.
A third group of employees worked regular hours with no exercise program.
The report summary available stated: “Employees assigned to the exercise program also significant increases in self-rated measures of productivity: they felt more productive while on the job and had a reduction rate of work absences due to illness.”
The study’s results suggest that reducing work hours for exercise may lead to increased productivity. This could mean higher work output and fewer missed work days.
Yes, this is a study in another country, but they are employers just like those in the USA, so employers may want to pay attention to this study. Let’s face it, bodies respond positively to regular exercise and physicians and other health professionals propose regular exercise as well. So, why not promote this activity to help a valuable asset, employees, and have the organization also take advantage of the benefits as well?
The challenge to employers is justifying company time to these activities vs. time devoted to growing the organization…all employees have limited time at work and everyone needs to be highly productive to help employers survive the economic challenges.
What will employers do? Will they take advantage of this knowledge and experience to help them reach their goals and objectives?
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