Bloomberg Square Mile Relay
By: James Hassett
Businesses all over the world have become increasingly fast-paced, competitive and innovative. With large demand for corporates and workfare in businesses, which has seen a boost in the last few years, teamwork has become one of the most important aspects of the day to day activities in any workplace. All businesses, whether big or small, rely on successful teamwork to reach company goals and objectives.
At the same time, today, fitness and exercise has become an integral part of a person’s lifestyle and overall well-being. People have become increasingly conscious of their physical and mental well-being and more so than ever, people are intentionally investing in their personal health and fitness. Over the years, corporates have also become increasingly active in spreading the awareness about fitness and motivating employees with offices equipped with gyms, arranging yoga classes, mindfulness programs and many other activities to improve physical and mental well-being. It is clear from the research that employees who exercise are less likely to get sick, taking time off work, and more likely to contribute an increase to the overall productivity of the business. Fit employees are also less likely to take an extended leave of absence, require surgery or quit their job because of health reasons. Moreover, an overall sense of well-being contributes to a better and more positive attitude. When people are healthy and exercise, the chemical changes in their body create a better mood. People who are in a good mood make excellent employees because they are more balanced mentally, more engaged in their work and more effective and fulfilling their potential.
Thus, teamwork and exercise play some of the most vital roles in the smooth running of operations in a business and contributes to their annual overall growth. But, given the hectic schedule and work pressure, it is often seen that these two elements go missing. A person is so burdened with work that there is no time to exercise, engage in group discussions and the scope of teamwork is generally restricted to one’s immediate two-three colleagues.
Accordingly, there is, I believe, a need to educate and encourage more participation in employee fitness, team building and well-being events, workshops and activities. One such example is the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, a pioneering project created in London, England back in 2007 and returning to Dubai for the fourth time next month on 13th February. It is a fully immersive team building experience with fitness, well-being and team bonding central to its purpose. Companies enter teams of 10 employees who all run a race in a unique relay format together, as well as enjoy food, drink and music to celebrate together after. With hundreds of companies regularly participating and competing against each other across 12 cities in 10 different countries in the global race series, the event gets the corporate world moving, educated on the importance of physical activity and implementing team-building through exercise.
Fitness and Teamwork has always been the key for increasing productivity and, I believe, a productive team has individuals that share common goals, a common vision and have some level of interdependence that requires both verbal and physical interaction. Teams come into existence through shared attitudes about a particular subject. They may come together for a number of different reasons, but their goals are the same – to achieve peak performance, fulfill their potential and experience success. The final outcomes may differ but the means by which one gets there is the same – teamwork. Every member of the team is accountable when it comes to teamwork so you are only as strong as your weakest link.
In conclusion, teamwork and fitness is important in an organization because it provides employees with an opportunity to bond with one another, which improves relations among them. Workers who constitute a team working on a project often feel valued upon the successful completion of such tasks as they work together and lead a healthy life. I believe events like the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay offer the perfect platform for businesses across Dubai to take advantage of these benefits.
About the Author
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SQUARE MILE SPORT
James has been driving the global expansion of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay over the last six years from a London-only event into a 12-race global series including, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Sydney, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Sao Paulo Mumbai and Paris. An immersive team-building and participation series engaging over 10,000 runners from over 600 of the world’s largest financial organisations each year, James has grown a London-based team to oversee and manage the global race series’ exponential growth.
James previously spent four years working for Sodexo on Rugby World Cup 2007 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as Marketing & Brand Manager, as well as 2.5 years’ as Marketing & Talent Manager at Benchmark Sport, six months in sport PR at Shine Communications and a year in Reebok’s European Sports Marketing Team.
James’ core competencies and experience include Marketing, Branding, Talent Management, Team Leadership, Event Management, International Operations and Client Services.
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