With roads becoming increasingly crowded and healthy living becoming ever-more important in the eyes of the general population, cycling to work has seen something of a resurgence. There are many benefits to a workforce which engages in such physical activity rather than cooping themselves up in  a car as they travel to and from the office, and as such cycling is an activity which employers should be looking to encourage. One of the best ways to encourage such behaviour is of course to offer your employees some safe and secure to store their bicycle without having to cart it into the office itself by hand.

One immediate benefit of encouraging your workforce to cycle to work is the boost in happiness it brings. This is largely due to the way in which increased exposure to sunlight will help the body generate the hormone serotonin, which in turn generates positive emotions.

The aforementioned exposure to sunlight will also help promote a better night’s sleep, and as we’ve discussed many times before, better sleep and increased happiness will lead to a noticeable upturn in productivity.

Cycling also brings some rather more obvious benefits in terms of overall health. Research carried out by Dr Lynn Cherkas of King’s College London compared over 2,400 identical twins split into two groups, half cycling the equivalent of three 45-minute journeys per week while the other half remained largely inactive. Those who engaged in cycling were found to be approximately 9-years ‘biologically younger’ than their inactive counterparts, even after influencing factors such as BMI and smoking were discounted. This means that absenteeism will be less of an issue as well.

In summary, taking steps to actively encourage more of your workforce to take up cycling to work could lead to a much happier, healthier, and greener way of working, which in turn will provide a noticeable boost to productivity, staff retention, and health and fitness. Try to encourage such activity by displaying commonly used cycling routes in the office, and by providing adequate shelter for employees to securely store their bikes while working. If your budget stretches far enough it may also be worth investing in shower facilities, so as to allow employees to cycle to work without worrying about stinking up the morning meeting.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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