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What is your opinion regarding the initiative of companies to hire a personal trainer whose mission is to demonstrate physical exercises to be performed by people who work online

These activities are carried out at the beginning of each working day

Nothing like: "Healthy mind in healthy body"

What will be the impact of these types of initiatives on projects?
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When I was a supervisor for a team, I invited them to join me daily every afternoon for Fit15. This was 15 minutes of simple flexibility stretches. The crazy thing about this is that we measured our individual flexibility on our first day and measured it again the first workday of each month. The increase in our flexibility was shocking! We measured our flexibility by sitting on the floor, legs straight out in front of us and we reached our hands forward as far as we could. Next we measured how far we could turn our neck each direction by having a numbered spot on the wall. The very simple stretching exercises we did could be easily done by anyone in work clothes. There was nothing fancy, and it was only 15 minutes a day. Each month we gave out a stretch band to the person who had gained the most flexibility. We wore it like a beauty pageant ribbon for the day. We did this for a year, and the gains were great - including an increase in our team spirit. I think taking time to nurture our health is always a great thing to do!
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 18, 2020 12:33 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Lori
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "I think taking time to nurture our health is always a great thing to do!"

More interesting is that these activities were organized by Lori as a team supervisor.

I was curious to know:
- Did everyone on your team join your initiative?
After one year, did everyone continue to participate in these activities?
Perhaps once the pandemic dies down and WFH becomes the exception rather than the rule, more companies will bring in physical exercise programs to help their staff who have been "stress-eating/binging" at home and being unable to do proper workouts lose their extra pounds :-)
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2 replies by Andrew Craig and Luis Branco
Mar 18, 2020 11:13 AM
Andrew Craig
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I actually eat much less while at home. And with more time (no commute) can get out for runs more regularly.

It’s all the free meals and snacks in the office that get me into trouble :)
Mar 18, 2020 1:08 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for this comment that you shared with us

Nothing will be as before

I am convinced that in these quarantine days:
- Online work tools and platforms will take a quantitative and qualitative leap
- People will adjust the way they work remotely
- Many courses and seminars will be made available online (Coursera is already doing this)

After this isolation many more people will start to work online

What will happen to the remunerations?
Mar 18, 2020 11:07 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Perhaps once the pandemic dies down and WFH becomes the exception rather than the rule, more companies will bring in physical exercise programs to help their staff who have been "stress-eating/binging" at home and being unable to do proper workouts lose their extra pounds :-)
I actually eat much less while at home. And with more time (no commute) can get out for runs more regularly.

It’s all the free meals and snacks in the office that get me into trouble :)
Mar 18, 2020 8:32 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Luis, thank you, for your response.

What are some of the valuable or impactful differences that would be realized by a company organized activity versus an existing option sponsored or reimbursed by the company?
Dear Andrew
Thank you for your question
One of the advantages is to create and / or consolidate the body spirit (of the company) - We are reflecting on the organizational culture

Do you see any more advantages?
Mar 18, 2020 9:06 AM
Replying to Peter Rapin
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The concept gives me a vision of some authoritarian states having staff line up and perform mandatory exercises at specific times of day.Yes, exercise is good however forced orchestrated activity is unhealthy. When does a good idea become a bad idea?
Encourage but do not mandate. Watch for the slippery slope!
Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Very interesting what he wrote: "Yes, exercise is good however forced orchestrated activity is unhealthy. When does a good idea become a bad idea?"

All the ideas we can generate have their pros and cons

To what extent is it possible to make a good idea into a bad idea, leaving everyone to do physical exercise while being locked up at home?

To what extent, leaving the choice of the individual to the consideration of the time, can transform a good idea into a bad idea?

To what extent can leaving each one (individually or as a team) the possibility of defining the quantity and quality of the work to be carried out can help transform a good idea into a bad idea?

As you know, more questions can be asked :-)
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1 reply by Peter Rapin
Mar 18, 2020 12:52 PM
Peter Rapin
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Take 'social distancing' for example. Most will agree it is a reasonable mitigating measure for the prevention of a communicable disease (corona virus). However many would complain if 'social distancing' was used to control political discourse. Others may consider political discourse more contagious and dangerous than a virus. What happens if the world, or some states, continue with social distancing once its no longer justified on health grounds? Would this become transitioning a good idea into a bad idea?
Some would say that individualism is good for motivation and happiness. Whereas others might see individualism as a threat the to the state.
Interesting, in this post we are discussing team exercise initiatives with possible corporate support. In a different post we are looking at the effectiveness of on-line participation. Here we see the advantage of team building and common activities, in the other we consider the advantages of the lone-wolf (at-home office) participation.Obviously there is room for both. In a project setting we have to look at the risks and benefits of the management models as it applies to our specific projects and mitigate as may be appropriate.
Of course one could combine 'work-at-home' with internet accessible fitness programs. Peliton anyone?
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 18, 2020 1:21 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Very interesting what you wrote "In a project setting we have to look at the risks and benefits of the management models as it applies to our specific projects and mitigate as may be appropriate"

I am convinced that we have a lot to learn in the field of project management with people and teams online :-)
Mar 18, 2020 9:31 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Peter,

Only a provocative question, what is the border between encourage and mandate. Because, for example with the crisis of covid-19 some governments enforces people stay at home by a matter of public health, making exercise in the middle of work could be a matter of public health with so many professional desises in nowadays capturing public hospital resources.

Sure this is just a theoretically question to obtain your opinion, but the fact is that some countries are already almost in a martial state due to this crisis.

Alexandre
Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Can we compare the governance of a company or non-governmental organization to the governments of countries?
Mar 18, 2020 10:13 AM
Replying to Peter Rapin
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One of the key differences here is that enforcing 'social distancing' is for the protection of others as well as the individual. Exercise is primarily for the protection of oneself. I do take your point on the impact on the health system (hospitals) and sometimes I feel that individuals should take more responsibility for their chosen lifestyle.
As a side note, yearly world total deaths due to traffic accidents is 1.5 million much of those self imposed. Should we, as a government or employers, be more involved in prevention (driver training)?
Dear Peter
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

To what extent can people's enclosure (forced or voluntary) become a social problem?

Many states and / or governments are taking steps to prevent road accidents.
Some of these more pedagogical measures (campaigns like: circular is to live) and others more restrictive and punitive
Mar 18, 2020 10:54 AM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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When I was a supervisor for a team, I invited them to join me daily every afternoon for Fit15. This was 15 minutes of simple flexibility stretches. The crazy thing about this is that we measured our individual flexibility on our first day and measured it again the first workday of each month. The increase in our flexibility was shocking! We measured our flexibility by sitting on the floor, legs straight out in front of us and we reached our hands forward as far as we could. Next we measured how far we could turn our neck each direction by having a numbered spot on the wall. The very simple stretching exercises we did could be easily done by anyone in work clothes. There was nothing fancy, and it was only 15 minutes a day. Each month we gave out a stretch band to the person who had gained the most flexibility. We wore it like a beauty pageant ribbon for the day. We did this for a year, and the gains were great - including an increase in our team spirit. I think taking time to nurture our health is always a great thing to do!
Dear Lori
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "I think taking time to nurture our health is always a great thing to do!"

More interesting is that these activities were organized by Lori as a team supervisor.

I was curious to know:
- Did everyone on your team join your initiative?
After one year, did everyone continue to participate in these activities?
Mar 18, 2020 12:18 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Very interesting what he wrote: "Yes, exercise is good however forced orchestrated activity is unhealthy. When does a good idea become a bad idea?"

All the ideas we can generate have their pros and cons

To what extent is it possible to make a good idea into a bad idea, leaving everyone to do physical exercise while being locked up at home?

To what extent, leaving the choice of the individual to the consideration of the time, can transform a good idea into a bad idea?

To what extent can leaving each one (individually or as a team) the possibility of defining the quantity and quality of the work to be carried out can help transform a good idea into a bad idea?

As you know, more questions can be asked :-)
Take 'social distancing' for example. Most will agree it is a reasonable mitigating measure for the prevention of a communicable disease (corona virus). However many would complain if 'social distancing' was used to control political discourse. Others may consider political discourse more contagious and dangerous than a virus. What happens if the world, or some states, continue with social distancing once its no longer justified on health grounds? Would this become transitioning a good idea into a bad idea?
Some would say that individualism is good for motivation and happiness. Whereas others might see individualism as a threat the to the state.
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