Want your staff to be optimistic, productive and creative? Make sure you and your staff are “play saturated”. Short 10-minute breaks during the day are all it takes. It will boost creativity by 60%. Exercise makes leaders better.
There’s no question that some exercise is good for everyone. It’s especially good for busy professionals. It alleviates the dreaded post-lunch fatigue dip and leaves you more satisfied at the end of your day. But how can anything more be squeezed into your workday?
Exercise done in short intervals or using your lunch break have similar effects on your attitude and health. Companies report their absenteeism noticeably improves. Results of studies done by Harvard University, Stanford University and UCLA along with institutes abroad confirm what we’ve suspected all along. Exercise makes leaders better.
It seems contradictory, but you must use energy to get energy. Use these tips to give everyone a recess and make your workplace a place where employees want to be. Play together, stay together.
Exercise makes leaders better.
Hold walking meetings. Work schedules of leaders are usually filled with meetings not leaving time for even a short break. Multi-task. Take your meeting on the “road” and walk. You’ll be amazed at what it will accomplish.
Manage by walking around. You can’t manage isolated in your office all the time. Let go of your email and phone. Take breaks and have real conversations as you walk around. These conversations don’t have to be about work; it’s important to connect with others on a personal level.
Utilize empty space. A conference room that’s free for a while can hold a yoga glass or turn into a ping pong match. Gather fun play items and use a corner of a room or lunch area to play nerf basketball or hula hoop. Play catch outside.
Encourage recess – Join in. No matter what you do for activity, encourage recess. Get up and out of your office to get the “ball” rolling. Then, join in the fun as you manage by walking around. Those who play together, stay together.
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