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In a changing society, where companies are always competing for the best talent, it’s crucial to come up with innovative ways to attract and keep great employees. Companies and human resources departments are always looking for ideas on how to attract and retain talent, build office morale as well as develop a corporate wellness program. Some HR departments have overlooked the benefits of running a race as a corporate team.

Many companies feel that the only way to raise morale is to give their employees raises. However, giving everyone a raise can get expensive and money does not always buy happiness. Therefore, running a race as a team is a very cost-effective way to build office morale and productivity. Not only that, but also having active employees decreases the number of sick hours that a company has to pay out.

Having been a member of the Viking Air TC10k “Plane Crazy” Team for the past few years, I can definitely say that running a race with your coworkers is a great experience. I’ve also led a number of corporate run clinics and the feedback from the leadership team has been good.

Why is being part of a corporate running team a great experience?

You get to know your coworkers outside of work. The better you know your coworkers, the better you will be able to work with them to achieve the company’s vision and mission. When you know people you work with, you will be more comfortable in discussing out of the box ideas in order to improve your company’s processes.

Get exposure to people in other departments. In corporate run group, it doesn’t matter if you are a front line customer service worker or an executive vice president, you are all in this together. Running together gives you a chance to learn about other potential upcoming opportunities at your work that you may not be aware of.

Helps you overcome stress. Studies show that being active enables you to better deal with stress. It’s even better when you train and race with a group of colleagues who are supportive of your fitness goals. When you train as a team and participate in the race together, it’s harder for you to skip your workouts. Therefore, you are more likely to achieve your own goals and improve your overall fitness.

It’s a healthy thing to do. You’ll no longer be calling in sick as often because you feel good and healthy. In fact, you will want to come to work because you will feel inspired by the atmosphere that being part of a corporate running team has created.

You improve your productivity which often leads to great opportunities. Being healthy and happy allows you to be more productive at work. The more productive you are at work, the more likely you are to be promoted or get a raise. Since your productivity improves your company’s bottom line, your contributions will be valued and you will be rewarded for it.

With that in mind, gather some of your coworkers and create a team join the TC10k. It will be an unforgettable experience that you will want to live over and over for many years to come.

Submitted by: Yana Hempler. Yana is a local philanthropist and a cubicle dweller who loves to run. She is a published fitness writer whose work has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Canadian Running Magazine, CVV Magazine and Ageless Living Magazine. She is the director of Run4Dreams, which raises funds for Help Fill a Dream Foundation.

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