Huddle Up! How sports can help foster positive workspaces

10 May 2021 01:46 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Office spaces can be rife with stress and anxiety. Customer Service departments may be packed to the brim with complaints. End-of-month deadlines may agitate already stressed-out employees to focus on their problems and ignore team issues. Some employees are more reserved than others. Any of these issues can cause workspace friction and weaken productivity and output. Not only that, but toxic working environments can also contribute to anxiety and may trigger employees to experience symptoms of mental illness.

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As team leaders and managers struggle to find solutions, research suggests that sports may be an effective tool to create close-knit teams and increase efficiency. The following are a few ways sports can help foster a positive workspace in your organization.

Stress Relief

A breakfast rush can cause overwhelming stress at a local cafe that lasts until mid-morning, only to pick up again for the lunch rush. In an office, pressure can come from angry customers or disruptive coworkers. Some employees take their stress home with them while others find other ways to cope. Not all stress is created equal, and some stress affects employees more than others.

Getting your team involved with sports after a stressful workday can let your employees relax and commiserate together while exercising their stress away. The physical benefits of exercise are well-known, and they work wonders by releasing endorphins into the body. Playing a game of basketball or volleyball with your colleagues can help alleviate each others’ stress and foster more camaraderie.

Team Building

It’s one thing to work collaboratively with a team for nebulous goals like monthly targets and quarterly returns. It’s another experience entirely when your teammate relies on you in the heat of a game of basketball or soccer and is counting on you to help win the game. Playing sports can help team members become more cohesive and collaborative.

Players on the field must engage with their teammates with little to no words and must read each other’s body language and stay aware of their actions. This interaction may help develop interpersonal communication skills. Different departments who don’t usually interact also can get to know themselves and further strengthen new bonds.

Another advantage of playing sports is letting employees be themselves without the rules of conduct of an office or work setting. Allowing employees to unwind and be comfortable can help bring colleagues together and translate into better efficiency at work. Colleagues feel more comfortable asking for help or lending a hand when they begin trusting each other and relying on each other’s capabilities.

Contribution and Belonging

In basketball, football, soccer, rugby, or volleyball, every player has their role. They also have their strengths and weaknesses, and identifying them can lead to success. Workplace teams are no different. Certain employees have sets of skills and obstacles that can either interfere or accelerate quarterly goals.

Sports can help build a sense of belonging to a team as players can explore their skill sets openly. Team leaders can learn how each player can best use their skills to win the game. The same theory translates to the workplace, assigning team members to functions or accounts best suited for their strengths. This attention to each individual’s skills and contribution to the whole can decrease employee turnover and build overall cohesiveness and stronger teams.

Final Thoughts

Implementing sports and office teams can build stronger, more cohesive teams. Employees get to unwind and relieve stress and have the chance to show their skills and work together with their colleagues.

Note that while sports and physical activity can improve many health and mental aspects, you should consult with a mental health professional if you’re experiencing severe mental illness symptoms.