If you don’t think you have enough time in your work day to exercise, think again. It has been shown that employees who use work time for exercise can maintain or increase work productivity. This study showed employees who are physically active for 2.5hours a week were more satisfied with their quality and quantity of work and took less sick leave than those not involved in exercise. Exercise fuels your brain and you’ll return to the office energized, focused and more productive overall. Employees who are more physically active also demonstrated that job burnout was less likely to develop into depression.
It is with this in mind that the SMEAEP (Stress Management Exercise Association Endorsed Programme) was developed. Under this initiative, health and wellbeing programmes provided by exercise professionals (ie, Mybod – YAH!!) that meet certain criteria can offer these programmes to businesses for a fee that is Fringe Benefit Tax exempt from the IRD.
This is a huge incentive for businesses to provide something that demonstrates how much they value their employees as well as offering a number of other benefits such as:
- Boosting team morale and workplace culture;
- Reducing workplace stress and making staff better able to manage stress;
- Reducing the number of sick days taken by staff – Exercise NZ estimates up to 40% of sick days are due to work related mental stress;
- Raising the self-confidence, positivity and happiness of staff;
- Increasing work productivity – as shown above!
If your workplace wants to implement a workplace programme, talk to me about what could work for you at firstname.lastname@example.org! We can put something together for a specific timeframe or audience, aim for an event, provide education or seminars or just do something fun and active to make everyone feel better.
 Employee Self-rated Productivity and Objective Organizational Production Levels: Effects of Worksite Health Interventions Involving Reduced Work Hours and Physical Exercise von Thiele Schwarz, Ulrica PhD; Hasson, Henna PhD;Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:August 2011 – Volume 53 – Issue 8, 838–844
 Job burnout and depression: Unraveling their temporal relationship and considering the role of physical activity Toker, Sharon; Biron, Michal Journal of Applied Psychology: May 2012 – Volume 97(3), 699-710