Chiswick Park helps staff get active

Chiswick Park hosts wellbeing programmes throughout the year to encourage activity among 8,000 employees that work across various organisations in the park, which include Paramount Pictures, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Tullow Oil and Walt Disney Company.

Between June and September 2015, the business park hosted wellbeing events as part of its Enjoy Work programme, including crazy golf, tennis, a zip wire, and volleyball. The activities were designed to boost employees’ wellbeing, motivation and productivity.

Throughout the year, Chiswick Park also offers employees sporting events and clubs, including a running club, basketball club, and football and netball leagues.

Gareth Bain, head of brand at Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, says: “These sports activities are not only motivating for those who compete, but also boost the morale and camaraderie of their colleagues.

“In today’s fast-paced work environment, it is difficult to attract and retain good employees. Employees’ physical wellbeing is just as important as their mental wellbeing, and fun sporting activities play a big part in this.”

Off the back of this year’s Olympics, the organisation has created an international events theme to run alongside its regular events, including a big screen for employees to take time out of their day to support Team GB.

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In previous years, Chiswick Park has hosted guest-speaker events with cyclist Victoria Pendleton and the paralympian cyclist Jody Cundy, to show how the sporting and business worlds are aligned. Joe Wicks, who is a fitness and nutrition author and blogger, is Chiswick Park’s first guest speaker for 2016.

Bain says: “There is a direct correlation between sports and the enjoyment of work, which leads to increased levels of productivity. We believe that if employees enjoy work, they are more productive and if they are more productive it is better for their employer.”