Sweat and cheers
time to juggle work and their lifestyle.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found 51 per cent of professionals do not get enough daily exercise.
Recruitment marketing company Employment Office has found a quarter of Australian businesses already sweatwork, with workers cycling, running or doing gym sessions together while talking shop.
Managing director Tudor Marsden-Huggins says sweatworking provides workers with an outlet to balance their professional lives with their personal fitness needs.
‘‘ Instead of employees taking clients out to dinner and drinks for a whole afternoon, they are taking them for a 30-minute cycle, which is a healthier and more costeffective activity,’’ he says. ‘‘ Research shows that fit employees are also happier and more productive.’’
Sports and exercise are also a good way for workers to find common ground and can help to break through barriers with some clients, he says. ‘‘ It can be a bonding experience for coworkers in a relaxed setting.’’
Employment Office runs an annual sweatwork initiative, Tour de Office, which is also a charity fundraiser. Employees, clients and suppliers, such as Paula Maidens and Andrew Garnsworthy, ride stationary bikes together in its office.
‘‘ We also reached a lot of new clients that we otherwise wouldn’t have come into contact with through the traditional networking channels,’’ he says.
Other workplaces are invited to join the fundraiser in September.
WORK BOND: Andrew Garnsworthy and Paula Maidens ride stationary bikes as part of the Tour de Office ‘‘sweatworking’’ charity fundraiser.