Do you and your team spend your working day sat inside a crowded and dark office? Do you sit at your desks, staring at your computers, working quietly? This can seem like the best way to get things done, and it’s how most of us work. Even those of us that have brighter offices, filled with natural light and open space, spend most of our working day indoors. We might take regular coffee breaks and spend time chatting with our workmates. You might even think that your office has a relaxed and positive atmosphere, but you probably still never get outdoors unless it’s essential to your business.
We don’t have time. Most of us are working under pressure to get things done. We work to tight schedules and try to cram as much as possible into our working days. We expect our team members to do the same and certainly wouldn’t want to do anything to slow things down. But, whether you choose to take your staff outdoors for special events or to try new outdoor activities together that mean that you need to look at local lessons, you take breaks outdoors, or you actually work outside when you can, getting your team outdoors more has many benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them.
We’re Not Meant to Sit Down All Day
Our bodies are clever. We evolved to be exactly as we needed to be. We got rid of things that we didn’t need and strengthened and developed those that we did. Our bodies weren’t designed to sit down behind a desk all day long. We’re meant to stand, and to move. To the point that sitting behind a desk all day, every day can lead to a massive range of physical and mental health problems. Working outdoors, or practicing outdoor hobbies as a team, can help to keep you fit and healthy and prevent aches and pains.
It’ll Improve Moods
Sitting in an office all day is boring. Looking at the same screen and the same surroundings all day can lead to a lack of creativity and productivity. Taking some time off to get outside, or working in an outdoor space can make everyone happier. It can boost their mood, their energy levels, and their creativity. You might find that by taking some time off to get outside, you get much more done.
To Reduce Obesity
Obesity is one of the most significant health problems facing our society. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, varicose veins, depression, and many more conditions. Diet is a huge factor, but being sat down all day also increases your chances of becoming obese and suffering from related diseases. A team of overweight staff will over an extended period take more time off sick. Getting outdoors and moving more as a team can reduce the risks massively.
To Improve Relationships
A team that connects works together better. They know each other, they understand each other’s needs and moods, and they work together seamlessly. This is great for business. But, it’s hard to bond sat in an office. Getting outdoors as much as possible, changes the atmosphere and helps you and your team to develop meaningful working relationships.