Take a look around your office. Could morale be a bit higher? How’s the company’s productivity tracking?

Ever thought that if you could put a bit of spark back into your workforce, there’s a good chance that your business could benefit?

We’re not suggesting you light a rocket under each staff member, but there is an option for getting your team to work together better and to give the office morale a boost — all without it costing you an arm and leg.

The 2016 City of Onkaparinga Active Community Cup is a terrific way to encourage team bonding and for them to get a bit healthier along the way.

It doesn’t matter if your workforce is young or old, male or female, or if they’re fit or not, the 2016 City of Onkaparinga Active Community Cup is for everyone.

How you benefit as an employer

Someone once said, “A healthier workforce means a healthier business.” We have no idea who, but it seems to make sense.

No one wants staff whose only form of exercise is dashing for (and usually missing) the bus in the mornings and evening, or racing out and scoffing down a massive burrito and a cup of dodgy coffee during their lunch break.

Encouraging your employees to be healthy by being a part of the ACC ultimately has benefits for both you as an employer and for your staff.

From your perspective, you get

  • Healthier employees
  • Increased productivity
  • A boost in company morale
  • Representation at a recognised corporate event
  • Promotional and social media opportunities
  • Reduced absenteeism (and sick leave)
  • Decreased frequency and cost of workers’ compensation
  • Improved corporate image and attraction/retention of employees
  • Increased return on training and development investment
  • Improved management/employee relationships

On the flip side, your employees will find

  • It’s beneficial for their health
  • Their productivity improves
  • Morale improves
  • It’s an incentive to compete — not only between staff but also with industry colleagues
  • It’s fun, social and gets them out of the office

“Tell me more.”

Okay, we’ve nearly convinced you it’s worth looking at. But before we finish, there’s the elephant in the room that needs addressing — who pays?

Firstly, let’s look at the outlay.

For a team of 5 to participate the cost is $130. Not a lot of money, really.

Now, there are a couple of ways you as an employer can look at this.

  1. You can try and convince your employees of the benefits to their own health by participating and ask them to pay. Good luck with that one!
  2. You can try and convince your employees of the benefits to their own health and to the company by participating and ask them to pay a little bit while subsidising the rest. Not a bad solution.
  3. Or you can pay for your employees and tell them how everyone benefits from participating and that you’re cool with stumping up the cash for entering a team. You might even want to take part yourself. Hero boss kudos coming your way.

Look at it as a ludicrously cheap investment in your company’s bottom line (and just quietly, the bottom lines of your employees; just don’t tell them we said that).

And finally, here’s some more food for thought.

According to an October 2013 study1 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), workplace health promotion programs that improve employee health can lead to significant increases in productivity and associated cost savings. In fact, it could be as much as an additional 10 hours per year and upwards of $350 in overall cost savings per participating employee.

Now what?

Well, maybe send this to your boss or to your friend to send to their boss.  Or maybe it’ll remind you enter again!  Here’s that link.

1Mitchell, Rebecca J, 2013. Improving Employee Productivity Through Improved Health. JOEM Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, [Online]. Volume 55 Issue 10, p 1142–1148. Available at: http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2013/10000/Improving_Employee_Productivity_Through_Improved.3.aspx [Accessed 31 May 2016].