Physical activity, productivity and the bottom line

Productivity is an essential concept to grasp in business. If you can maintain the same quality of your product and keep costs the same, increasing productivity will generate more revenues for your business and ultimately improve your chance of success. In most cases, increasing productivity for a business should not focus solely on investing more into equipment and machinery, but it should rely on getting more out of its people.

There are many ways to motivate people to increase their productivity at work; however, few provide the short and long-term benefits both personally and for a business, than regular exercise does.

How does exercise benefit your business?

Let’s quickly talk about the science behind it…

When people engage in physical activity they stimulate their cells to produce more Mitochondria, which are our bodies “power plants” where energy (ATP) is produced. As more Mitochondria are produced over time, our bodies can increase the amount of energy available for our muscles and brain to use, thereby increasing our mental capacity.

Other benefits of exercise include releasing endorphins, which has been linked to improved memory and feelings of euphoria, as well as releasing the neurotransmitter serotonin, which improves mood and decreases depression symptoms.

What does this mean for your business?

When you can build a culture that embraces and promotes exercise, your employees are not the only ones that benefit, but your company does too. Staff not only realize the health benefits of exercise that can decrease the number of sick days they take every year, but they also could have improved moods at work, better mental capacity, better time management and even the ability to enhance their focus! These benefits will surely have an impact on your bottom line.

So before your company decides to make its next investment in automation or machinery to help spur productivity, think about your people first.

  • Does your company culture embrace exercise and health as core pillars to its success?
  • Are you as a leader making exercise as an important part of you daily routine?
  • What programs do you have in place that support and promote employees to become more active?

Investment in the health of your workforce through physical activity can sometimes be the investment that will deliver the greatest ROI for your company in the long-term.

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Guest Contributor: Mitchell Gudgeon

About Mitchell Gudgeon: Mitch holds an MBA from Queen’s School of Business and BSc Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. He was also a varsity basketball player at UVic from 2004-2009 and a Canadian Senior National Rugby 7’s and 15’s player between 2009-2011. Currently, Mitch is the Manager of Alumni Engagement for Queen’s School of Business, an entrepreneur and a consultant for Exercise is Medicine Canada.