Why do people volunteer? There are many different reasons, I choose to volunteer to donate blood because they have some of the best cookies ever. But some places (sadly) don’t have cookies so there must be other benefits. I took it upon myself to research the various reasons why people volunteer if it wasn’t for the free food and here is what I found:

You can make friends!

You might not make friends with salad, but you will make them when you volunteer. Not only are you doing good for other people or the environment, but you’re also benefiting yourself. Hanging out with like-minded people, doing an activity that helps others is the best way to connect.

It helps your mental health!

Volunteering can help your mental health, making you feel more grateful for what you have in your own life. It also helps build your self-confidence as you feel a sense of pride in helping your community.

Your bank account can grow!

Yes, volunteering, giving up your time for FREE can expand your bank account. Volunteering can teach you valuable skills that can be applied in the workforce and give you a great platform to network with industry professionals. Gaining experience in different fields can help further your career as you add new skills to your resume (and the fact that you volunteer).

It makes you fitter!

Volunteers tend to be more active, specifically older volunteers who walk much more than they would have before volunteering. Most volunteer positions have you standing up and moving about.

You will be happier!

Volunteering will make you happier, if not for all the reasons just listed then because your brain releases happy endorphins when you give back to others. Scientists have shown the more you give, the happier you are.

 

 

98% of TDO riders said they felt engaged during the 2018 ride event, but exactly how does employee engagement lead to increased business success?

A review of the Gallup Studies regarding employee engagement and business performance found that employee turnover is reduced and productivity is increased when the employee feels that:

  • The employer cares about him/her

  • There is a strong mission/purpose

  • The organisation is a ‘friend’

  • The organisation is committed to quality

  • The organisation provides opportunities to learn and grow

What’s more, the Gallup Studies found a demonstrable relationship between employee engagement and business unit success. Business units at the 95th percentile of employee engagement improve their odds of success by 42% over the median business unit.

The Gallup data review allows us to extrapolate to attach dollar values to employee engagement by translating business unit success, customer satisfaction and employee turnover into hard costs.

Employee Engagement Translated into Dollars – For example – A 100 person business unit with $20 million in revenue:

 

It’s black and white! Employee engagement is great for everyone and your bottom line!

A good night’s sleep, some of us can only dream of such a thing. When was your last good sleep? A week ago, a month ago, 18 years ago (if you get my drift)? The idea of waking up and feeling well rested may seem like an impossible dream but getting a good night’s rest can make you feel better than a pay rise.

A survey led by Oxford Economics in Britain has uncovered that getting a good night’s sleep outweighs the benefits of a 50% pay rise. Most people who undertook the survey, rated their overall levels of happiness were higher at the idea of a good night’s rest than a 50% pay rise. Maybe this feeling of happiness could be summed up in the wise words of rapper Biggie Smalls: ‘more money, more problems’. Or maybe it’s due to the large amount of health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep!

Accomplishing the sleep of all sleeps can improve your memory, lower stress levels and assist in maintaining a healthy weight.

Now you have an excuse to get to bed early and to snooze the alarm in the morning.

If you’re a Forgetful Freddy or a Slow Sally then maybe you need to start exercising more! As you know there are many benefits to exercising ranging from physical to mental health. But did you know that exercising can make you smarter? Regular exercise has shown to increase productivity and creativity. This can help you respond to your emails more efficiently, follow up on those missed calls or create a social media platform, name it Facebook and make billions.

A study undertaken by the American College of Sports and Medicine found that exercising regularly can help improve your memory. Running was found to be the most effective method of exercise. So maybe before your next meeting with your boss, before your palms get sweaty or your knees are weak and your arms are heavy… go for a run!

A psychophysiology study showed women who exercised regularly were outperforming their peers on challenging cognitive tasks. This is all due to increased blood flow and the amount of protein that your brain creates after exercising. Taking at least 30 minutes out of your day can help you live a much longer, happier and healthier lifestyle. It may also make you a genius.

Now I’m definitely no scientist and can’t make a claim that you will be the next ‘Good Will Hunting’ but next time you go for a run, if you happen to walk by a chalkboard with a hard math problem, give it a go!

There is something called ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ and although it might not sound familiar the symptoms might ring a bell. A study conducted by the Liverpool John Moores University has shown office workers becoming ill with these symptoms since work environments have incorporated air-conditioning constantly in their offices. Air-conditioning is not the only cause as contaminated fresh air can create similar issues.

Fresh air can be affected by emissions being released from the building and exhausts from cars in the area also creating ‘Sick Building Syndrome’. These symptoms can include headaches, itchiness of the eyes, nose and throat, as well as dizziness. Though these are not lingering issues (usually resolved a few moments after leaving the workplace) they still create an inconvenience for at least eight hours a day. This creates inactivity in the workplace as people feel themselves declining even if they are keeping cool.

But this is where it all turns around. By incorporating plants into the work environment workers are able to fight back against these symptoms. Plants are able to combat the negative effects of air-conditioning and the pollution in the air. The air is purified through the process of photosynthesis, leaving us a healthier work environment. This process can also help to remove unpleasant odours (maybe the stench of your desk buddy who forgot to use his deodorant this morning).

This is not all plants are capable of though. A study also found a higher productivity rate of employees when plants were brought into the workplace. This growth in productivity can also be due to having natural surroundings, claiming it can have a ‘reset button’ quality to it.

The only negative to real plants is the upkeep of them but luckily many indoor plants do not require much attention. Consider plants that only have to be watered once a week or less like aloe vera, a zebra plant or a peace lily.

Happy planting riders!

Love is in the air. Valentine’s day – or as known by single people: February 14th – is already here and everyone is in the spirit of buying overpriced chocolates, stuffed bears and dying flowers. But the question to ask is, are we actually gifting the right person? Maybe there is someone else in our lives we are overlooking who is supplying us with a healthier and happier workplace.

Most people in the workplace have a work wife or husband, that person who they can rely on to make their workweek slightly more bearable. Work spouses are more than just our desk buddies, they are what pull us through those dragged out meetings, those ‘I just can’t do it’ days and those taxing weeks when everything has piled onto itself.

Maybe they just bring you a cup of coffee in the morning or maybe they are ready to help you become more active in the workplace. You share an intense connection with your work spouse that could combat your actual relationship. They’re the Sherlock to your Watson, the JD to your Turk, the Cristina to your Meredith.

But did you know that your work spouse can lead to higher productivity in the workplace (even if you may not feel like you’re actually working). This higher productivity is due to the trusting friendship you have built. A study by McBride, a professor at Creighton University, has proven to have that special someone in the workplace can assist in managing your stress and preventing burnouts so you have more time for what you want (possibly training for Tour de Office). The health benefits supplied by having a work spouse can lead from emotional support to physical with afternoon walks after work or Saturday morning yoga.

So this Valentine’s day, don’t forget to thank the one who is there for you eight hours a day, five days a week. Without them, we would not be working in the happier and healthier working environments we have.

 

A warm welcome to JasonL who is supporting Tour de Office in 2017!

JasonL is offering two stand up desks as prizes for the event! We think it is a great partnership, giving our participants a practical way to transform the way they work and quit the sit!

Stay tuned to learn how you can win!

Learn more about JasonL by visiting their website here.

 

We know it can be a huge challenge to get back into a healthy routine after the holiday period.  Did you know that if you continuously sit for 3 hours or more during the day, your life expectancy reduces by two years? Set yourself a new years resolution to get moving in the office. It’s simple.

Here are some tips to keep you moving at work!

  • Don’t wait for your food to rotate in the microwave… Do a few star jumps or squats.
  • No one will mind! Go for an adventure – take the long way back to your desk and stretch your arms as you go.
  • Lunge across the hall to a co-worker instead of emailing.
  • Sit on an exercise ball to engage your core and work those abs.
  • Park a block away from the office.
  • Catch up with a walking meeting.

We know it can be tough to pick up where you left off. However, with a few small changes, you will have a bigger bounce in your step