So What’s This I Hear About Corporate Recess?
Corporate Recess is a hot topic in the Corporate Wellness space right now. Corporate Recess is designated time for employees to take a breather from their to-do lists and get in a little physical activity. They'll return to work refreshed and ready to take on the next task. It is designed to bring the best of elementary school to the workplace.
"As a community we need to make strides to move more each day. Corporate Recess is a fun way to elevate the heart rate and break up a sedentary day," says Randy Rossignol, MD, Internal Medicine physician at Touro Infirmary. "According to the American Heart Association, 150 minutes of exercise each week is the goal. But breaking that up into 10 or 15 minutes at a time makes it more achievable for many."
In New Orleans, 31% of adults are overweight or obese. The majority of the day is spent at work, with an average of 11 hours that Americans sit per day. In the past month, 28% of adults in the New Orleans area have reported no physical activity. These are startling statistics that are matched by sedentary lifestyles.
Because so many adults spend the majority of their day in the workplace, wellness needs to become a norm in the business space. Corporate Recess is a 10-minute break in the workday, when employees are lead through a series of fun routines to reinvigorate the mind and elevate the heart. In turn, this helps boost productivity, presenteeism and alertness, which results in better attitudes at the office. Corporate Recess is a tool to get employees thinking about wellness and incorporating it in to their daily activities.
Often, wellness opportunities fall to the bottom of the list, as tasks and meetings pop up throughout the day. Treat Corporate Recess as a priority, just like a meeting. Set a date and time. Corporate Recess can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. Whatever works best in your workspace. Then send calendar invites to staff and employees so they know to block off that time.
Ideas for Corporate Recess activities include hopscotch, hula hoops, Velcro catch games, skip balls, jump ropes, egg racing game, playground ball, soccer, limbo and chair races. All of these activities require minimal expenses for supplies and can take place in the office building, lobby or parking lot.
Reasons my company should participate in Corporate Recess:
- Corporate Recess is a great way to have a conversation with employees about the importance of physical activity. Leadership participation can boost morale and highlight the importance of an active workplace wellness program.
- Research shows that the act of "playing" has a huge effect on creativity. Engaging your employees in a playful activity can lead to more creative problem solving.
- After participating in Corporate Recess, employees are generally more productive, because they approach tasks with more energy and focus.
- Corporate Recess, as an element of a worksite wellness program, is important for employers because people spend the majority of their day at the workplace. Many wellness programs focus on out-of-office gym time or activities, this helps blend in-office activity with out-of-office exercise.
- Employees are what make companies great, and their health is a key part of overall company success. Making healthy habits the easy choice, in a workplace environment, is investing in your employees and your company.
But the real number one reason to participate in Corporate Recess is that 80% of heart disease, the number one killer in New Orleans, is preventable. With healthy habits such as exercise, healthy eating and knowing key health numbers, significant changes can be made to prevent heart disease.
Corporate Recess benefits employees by joining them together with their colleagues and working towards a healthful lifestyle. Once a few people engage in healthy activities and others see the results, more start to join in. A culture of health may even develop where it’s the norm to make choices that positivity affects health and well-being. That is where real change begins, because new habits are forming.