break exercise app empowers employees
Break Exercise Improves productivity
Studies show that physical activity like break exercising improves stress tolerance and learning ability, as well as boosts memory and thinking skills. Exercising also activates the brain network that maintains alertness. MRI images show that the brains of physically active people work more efficiently than those of passive people. Employees who feel healthy at work, are more productive and have more energy as well as better organization and task management skills than those who are not feeling well. According to a study* published by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health the users of Cuckoo Workout were able to increase their productivity by 1,50€ per hour. In the group of very active Cuckoo users this increase indicated a financial benefit up to 100 000 euros per year.
Prevent sickness absences
Studies show that employees who feel well are less likely to become ill or have work-related accidents. Compared to sedentary people, physically active people are less likely to take sick leaves, thus causing fewer expenses for the organization. At the moment, musculoskeletal diseases are the leading cause for disability pensions. This indicates that the amount of physical activity has decreased as a result of sedentary, seated work. A research* conducted on Cuckoo users showed a significant decrease within neck and shoulder area troubles and upper body pain. It was also found that in a three month trial period sick leaves were reduced by half a day per person. This means two sick days less in a year. When one sick leave day can cost over 500 € to the company, company can save over 100 000 euros a year depending on the size of the company by using Cuckoo Workout.
Improve corporate culture
Exercise provides social interaction and a feeling of belonging, which are important elements for the development of self-image and identity. Exercising gives a sense of relaxation and empowerment and helps to deal with disappointment and negative feelings. A joint break exercise session is a social event and part of corporate culture that improves the working atmosphere and increases a sense of community! Feedback has shown that break exercise knits teams together, reduces hierarchy within the organisation and relieves tension. Increased social capital in the working community strengthens mutual communication and makes the working environment more supportive. Cuckoo Workout is proven to* increase the sense of community amongst active users.
Improve employer image
Possibility to exercise during working hours and to interact with colleagues helps create a positive employer image. Using a fun break exercise app projects an image of an open, fun and closely-knit company. It also shows that the company takes good care of its employees and wants to retain them as part of the work community for as long as possible. A work community with a more light-hearted atmosphere, helped along by empowering breaks and a fun app, is a desirable place to work!
* Punakallio, A., Halonen, J., Pehkonen, I., Turpeinen, M., Turunen, J., Remes, J., Lusa, S. & Miranda, H. 2018. Workplace well-being of office workers – less sitting and more sense of community by taking micro-breaks? Helsinki: The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.