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Triathlons Made Me a Better Employee

My legs are on fire; they feel so heavy. My mouth is chalk-dry, I’m extremely thirsty. People around me are cheering but the noise is so intense that I can’t distinguish the voices. A bell rings continuously, as if someone is trying to gain my attention. My body leans dangerously forward. I raise my head to catch my balance. The side of my face is so hot; the sweat is burning my skin! To my right, I see children cheering and wanting a high-five. Far ahead, I see a woman holding up a sign, “How did you get those great legs?” Next to her is a man with a sign that reads, “You can do this!” I sport a huge smile, despite the pain. After 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21 km of running, I cross the finish line of my first half IRONMAN (70.3) triathlon race.

Why? Why not!

I began training for triathlons a few years ago and I quickly found that it’s not just a sport, but a way of life. As a triathlete, I’ve become more aware of who I am and I’ve developed skills and personality traits that have transcended into my career and personal life.

Humility

I began training for triathlons as a novice athlete. I felt exasperated during my first few outings especially during the first swim challenge. As I got over this hurdle, the experience taught me a lot. I learned to be humble, to challenge myself and to work better within a team.

These skills have helped in my work environment too! I’ve became more empathetic towards new employees, I’ve learned to overcome work obstacles and to work effectively with my team.

Goal Oriented

Triathlons teach us to set goals, to go faster, and to go further. There are individuals that have lost their passion, given up, or have stopped setting life goals. They may continue to dream, but they’ve quit working towards their goals or specific timelines. They tell themselves “when I have the time, I’d like to…”, but they never seem to make the time.

The triathlon motivates individuals into setting goals and becoming achievers.  To finish what they start, and persevere until they reach their goal.  Triathletes don’t put off till tomorrow, what they can do today.

Self-honesty and Self Motivation

Triathletes learn quickly to know themselves and face the truth.  For instance, you’ve finished a race and the time on your watch is below your expectations, you realize you have to motivate yourself to try harder the next time. You can’t be someone that ends your spinning training 5-10 minutes early by convincing yourself you will do it next session. It’s about being honest with yourself.  It’s about seizing the moment.  It’s about learning to be self-motivated and not only setting your goals, but seeing them through.

The skills gained will allow you to be forthright and motivated to get the job done.

Energy and Productivity

Employees who are involved in sports have more energy and are less likely to become ill. According to a study by Goodwill, “a sedentary individual who starts practicing a sport at work will increase his or her productivity by 6% – 9%.[1]. Employers see “a 1% – 14% increase in net productivity.”[2] Thus, it pays to be athletic! Need I say more?

IRONMAN quote:

“There are two types of people, those who say I CAN’T and those who say I CAN!”

Which one are you?

Why Participate in Win4Youth

The Adecco’s Win4Youth program allows employees and clients to log their km when they take part in sports events during their free time. The km are then turned into donations supporting disadvantaged youngsters, children and their families around the globe. In eight years, this initiative has raised €2 million for various charity organizations.

Win4Youth provides employees with the opportunity to get healthy and share quality time with their peers and family members. By encouraging one another to exercise, we work together towards a common goal. It is not just about the organizations profitability but about helping the less fortunate and creating a wonderful team experience.

So, are you convinced? I hope so! See you next time at the track, in the pool or on the bike path!

Happy training,

Pierre-Luc

Pierre-Luc Pérusse is the Branch Manager for Adecco’s Quebec City branch. He helps organizations attract the best talent and leads a team of innovative recruiters. With over 5 years of experience in the staffing industry, Pierre-Luc believes a recruiter’s greatest asset is his personality and his ability to build relationships. Heading into his thirties, he likes to juggle challenges: young family, career, IRONMAN – he is always ready for the next one. A graduate of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières’s Human Resources program, Pierre-Luc enjoys sharing his passion for the field on social media.

 

[1] http://www.travail-prevention-sante.fr/mediatheque/8/2/1/000001128.pdf

[2] http://www.travail-prevention-sante.fr/mediatheque/8/2/1/000001128.pdf

 

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How to Motivate Employees Every Day

We’ve talked a lot about how money isn’t the primary motivator for most employees, how ensuring your employees have a healthy work-life balance and opportunities for professional growth increase morale and retention, and how compensation is about much more than the net yield at the bottom of a paystub.  All of these factors are important to consider when creating an effective, overarching policy for motivating employees in the long-term. But what about during the daily grind of the workplace? Does telling someone of their professional development options lift their spirits if they’re having a bad day? Does reminding them of summer hours transport them to a happy place when they’re burning the midnight oil in the dead of February? Although such benefits definitely do influence employees’ attitudes, especially when they’re deciding to join or stay at your organization, the following are ideas on how to motivate employees each and every day in more immediate ways. Read more

New Manager Tips for Enhanced Leadership Skills

You’ve done it. You’ve mastered your original job and have had bestowed upon you the illustrious title of Manager. Congratulations. You now have reports whose very careers rest in your more-than-capable hands. And if they fail to do your bidding, all you need is to clench those hands, reminding them who’s boss. After all, what else should they expect from the soon-to-be President, CEO, and Galactic Emperor? But before you charge into you own Little Bighorn, you should probably take a little bit of time to brush up on your leadership skills…just to be safe, my liege. After all, history is filled with lesser leaders, many of whom would have traded their kingdom for a horse in the end. Below are a few new manager tips to avoid their fate…Not that you need them, of course. Read more

Wearing Corporate Culture on their Sleeves: An Interview with Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

Boasting more than 100 employees – and growing – after just two years in business, Montreal-based menswear company, Frank & Oak, has made amazing headway in changing how men shop for their clothes. Every month, the company website features new, on trend clothing and accessories, which Frank & Oak itself designs and manufactures. This stunning startup success all began with co-founders Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song, who sat down with Adecco to discuss how they first acquired the employees they needed to flourish, how their workforce needs continue to evolve, and what they do to adapt to those changes. Read more

Selling a Bill of Goods: How Brand Misrepresentation can Lead to Legal Liability for Employers

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

By Patrizia Piccolo, BA, LLB, Partner, Rubin Thomlinson LLP

“Employer branding is the perception of qualities that make a company a desirable place to work. Understanding the importance of internal and external employer branding is pivotal in recruiting and retaining top talent”.1

When Misrepresentations about Employer Brand Occur

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting some individuals who were once very energetic, enthusiastic, creative, driven, and successful. They were pleased with the positions they were in and on an upward trajectory in their careers. As part of that upward trajectory, they had been identified as excellent candidates for “better”, “more financially rewarding,” and “more fulfilling” positions. In fact, they had accepted positions with what they thought were the crème de la crème of organizations. Read more

The Hunger for Professional Development

Last summer, we discussed psychological safety in the workplace, addressing head on how workplace bullying can affect the mental health of employees, the responsibilities employers have in protecting their employees from such harassment, and the steps they can take to ensure their workplaces are psychologically safe for all. This blog has also discussed the concept of total compensation, which involves customizing a compensation package based on an organization’s corporate culture, and which typically includes a mix of cash, benefits, retirement plans, as well as other programs, such as onsite daycare to show family support and foster employee loyalty and discounted gym memberships to ensure employee health and productivity.

The common thread between all of these ideas is that employees require more than cold, hard cash to drive an organization to success; they need to feel appreciated and cared for by their employer. However, meeting those needs involves more than providing compensation, recognition, and rewards. Employees need to feel, not that their employers are doing them favours or simply abiding by the law, but that they see them as integral parts of the whole. That’s why true employee morale – and all the benefits that come with it for individual workers and the organization – stems from the very basic human desire to feel like they belong. Professional development, because it conveys gratitude and empowers employees to be their best, helps foster that sense of belonging. And although this blog has talked about the components of effective professional development efforts before, it’s time now to consider the time, energy, money, and decision-making that come with those efforts. Read more