No one can dispute that physical exercise is good for your health; however, there are other exercises that can prove to be a huge benefit for your business.
Motivational exercises are free ways an employer can encourage, inspire and drive their employees to be more productive and efficient.
Workers need to be motivated to perform at their best on an individual level, but also must be taught effective ways to work together as a team.
There are various companies that charge to put on corporate motivational events, but employers on a budget can learn to do this themselves.
This exercise, recommended by Livestrong, requires a larger space or an outside area, depending on the size of the group.
If you have a team of over 10 people, make multiple circles of five to 10 participants.
Instruct your staff to stand in a tight circle and entwine their arms around each other, holding hands.
Give the team two minutes to form this circle, which should look light a “tangled thread.”
Then, have the people attempt to untangle themselves without letting go of each other’s hands.
This is a fun activity that will get the colleagues to work together for a common goal in close proximity to each other. It will teach them to problem solve and work as a unit.
The memory challenge involves splitting your teams into groups of two or more, consisting of five to 10 people each.
Choose one team at a time to stand in front of the other groups, and give the others one minute to look them over.
Choose a team to play first, and have them turn around so they don’t see the first team.
Ask them questions about the other team, such as what color sweater John was wearing, what colour eyes Kate has, or what color tie Harry has on.
Have the teams compete for points on how well they remember details about other teams.
This is another lively activity that will not only energise your employees to think on their feet, but will promote communication and collaboration amongst your staff.
Refresh Leadership recommends an activity involving short plays to promote creativity and fun in the office.
Divide your employees into groups of up to eight people, and prepare bags with certain objects in them (you choose the objects). Assign each team a topic, and give them ten minutes to come up with the funniest play.
Have the teams rate each other to pick the winner.
This is a great activity to reduce stress and have your employees use humour and wit in a productive way.
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.