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Staff sports vital in business success

Published: Friday, 13 July 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Companies that actively encourage participation in team sports are more likely to be successful in their overall operations, a new study has found.

The research by Standard Chartered Bank, in the run up to its Great City Race, found that people who participate in team sports are five times more likely to work for a firm that has experienced growth of 50 per cent or more in the last year.

The research also identified a direct link between getting involved in sport with work colleagues and better overall levels of job satisfaction and in-house communication.

Interestingly, just ten per cent of staff overall gave themselves ten-out-of-ten when asked to score job satisfaction - but this figure hit 33 per cent among those respondents who took part in some team sports.

Kate Harvey, a lecturer for the Centre for Workplace Health, said: "With individuals spending an estimated 60 per cent of their time in the workplace, and less than 40 per cent of people achieving the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity at least five times a week, initiatives such as The Standard Chartered Great City Race are great for improving health, reducing absenteeism and increasing team communications."

Taking place on July 19th, the Great City Race will see 6,000 staff run a 5km course around London.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18210917-ADNFCR

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