Want more productive employees? One answer could be collecting dust in your garage.
A post on the website TriplePundit makes the case for biking to work:
Cycling will reduce health care costs: Cyclists, on average, live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15 percent fewer days off work due to illness.
Statistics show that non-cyclists take two more sick days per year.
Studies show a 4-15 percent increase in productivity, and 27 percent fewer task errors for physically fit employees.
Staff members who cycle are more punctual. Absenteeism can be reduced by up to 80 percent by encouraging cycling to work.
Surveys asking people why they don’t exercise have found that the top excuse is that people say they don’t have time. The second reason is that they don’t like gyms, and the third reason is that they can’t afford gyms.
Cycling to work addresses all of these concerns. A significant part of the time spent biking to work would have been used to drive to work, especially when you factor in the time it takes to find a parking spot and walk into the building. In most cases, bicycles can be parked quite close to the entrance. As for gyms, they are not needed, at least when the weather is good, and the cost of a bicycle, when amortized over several years, is quite modest, not to mention the gas money saved.
We previously compared business process improvement to the riding a bike here on The Methodology Blog, but we haven’t had much to say about bike-to-work programs.
Broadly speaking, though, HR initiatives that are designed to improve employee health and happiness are worthy of consideration. This is especially true if individual workers are empowered to decide what is best for them.
But if you’re able, you don’t need anyone’s permission to bike to work. Try it and see if it improves your productivity!