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Many of us gave up on playing sports a long time ago; I’m sure you’d agree running for the bus is enough of a challenge most mornings! But there are several advantages to consider before writing off the idea of playing sports again, especially when the opportunity to join or set up a team within your organisation shows itself.
Why not be the creator?
Whether you are new to a job or have been there for some time, creating an office sports team can be a great way of getting to know your colleagues, as well as showing a sense of initiative. A recent study suggested that experience of playing team sports may correlate with professional success in some fields. Given physical, mental and social values of playing team sports, this link is hardly surprising. Here’s a list of some of the additional benefits:
An exercise routine is great for the body: For those trying to lose a little weight or improve their fitness, joining an office sports team is the perfect chance to partake in regular cardiovascular exercise – we are pretty sure you won’t be the only person in your organisation to have these aims.
Improve your concentration levels: You have to remain sharp when playing any sport, especially team sports, as you don’t want to let your team down. There’s an easy parallel to be made with the workplace here and research suggests exercise can improve your concentration, memory and general performance at work.
Make new friends: In a new place of work, some can find it difficult to break the ice with those who they may not directly deal with. By creating a sports team, you have the perfect excuse to find out more about those people in a fun and conversational environment. Creating a mixed team is an especially good idea, you never know; you just might impress the colleague you’ve had your eye on since you began working there!
Raise morale within the team: Winning is always a great feeling, just imagine the sensation after scoring the winning goal for the team in a company football match. Those positive vibes transfer directly into the office and morale will be peaking within the team after last night’s success.
Show your bosses you can take control: By being the team’s founder, you’re not only being brave but also showing initiative and leadership skills, which are key traits that bosses look for.
Do something different: We all see our colleagues in the same situation most days, be it across the desk or in the meeting room. Mixing up the environment in which you interact with your team can spark new life in to both professional and personal relationships with your colleagues.
We hope you’ve now got the motivation you need to at least consider setting up a sports team. It may be a good idea to discuss your thoughts with colleagues and gauge their interest before making any decisions. So, next time you run for that bus, have a think about the positive influence setting up a sports team in your current or next place of work could have. We’d love to hear of any success stories, so please do get in touch with any experiences you’ve had!
Jobsite are launching a series of articles on the theme of health and wellbeing at work. We’ll be exploring different aspects of this theme. Take a look at Insider for the employer perspective and advice, and keep an eye on Worklife for further posts in this series for employees. In the coming weeks we’ll be launching new series focused on other key themes.