Sweat and cheers

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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.

Pic­ture: Rus­sell Shake­speare

WORK BOND: An­drew Garnswor­thy and Paula Maid­ens ride sta­tion­ary bikes as part of the Tour de Of­fice ‘‘sweat­work­ing’’ char­ity fundraiser.

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