With the holiday cheer fading away and the return to the office looming on January 2nd, the prospect of re-entering the regular workweek was a less-than-pleasant thought. Gone were the days of waking up whenever you pleased, indulging in chocolate for breakfast, and enjoying a cinematic marathon of Christmas classics like Die Hard and Home Alone (with a side of 6:30 AM wake-up calls courtesy of a playful 7-year-old demanding Mario playtime).
Recognising the need for a positive and enjoyable work environment, our team at People Group has explored various initiatives, one of which was inspired by my experience during a secondment at HB Reavis – the office running club. Under the leadership of Barry O'Connor, our weekly running sessions provided an opportunity for individuals of all fitness levels to come together, not only fostering camaraderie but also contributing to an overall sense of well-being. The positive impact of this experience led me to propose a weekly 5k run upon my return to the PG offices.
Starting with just two participants, I am delighted to share that our weekly running club has gained momentum, attracting more enthusiastic members each week. In a world where it's tempting to stay within the confines of the office and indulge in snacks, our running club encourages a break from the routine, promoting physical activity and healthier lifestyles. Beyond the physical benefits, the club enhances our working environment by creating a stronger sense of unity among colleagues.
However, my motivation for running extends beyond this. For me, the motivation to run extends beyond physical fitness – it's a vital component of maintaining my mental health. Running provides a dedicated time for reflection, offering a chance to unwind and process the day's events. This realisation was driven home by a friend named Aku Adjei, who incorporated walking into her coaching business meetings, emphasising how the rhythm of walking facilitated open and honest conversations. I wholeheartedly resonate with this sentiment.
In summary, it’s not just about the physical act of running; it's a holistic approach to well-being that encompasses both the physical and mental aspects, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more vibrant workplace.