In the modern workplace, wellbeing and work-life balance are central to many employees and employers’ agendas. Factors ranging from our daily commute to the hours we work and where we work affect our experience in the office, so many of us are making adjustments to our lifestyles in order to feel happier and more productive at work.
One of these changes is commuting – the pressures of which can often cause stress and anxiety before employees even reach the office. As workers take a more active role in their workplace experience and with concerns about climate change growing, more people are leaving their car keys at home and trying other options, such as public transport, walking and cycling.
Cycle to Work Day takes place on Thursday 8th August. The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event, Cycle to Work Day is all about encouraging people to swap their usual modes of transport for the saddle and give cycling a go – even if it’s just for one day.
With benefits including improving fitness, saving money and reducing fuel consumption, it seems like a no-brainer. It even lowers your risk of an early death. A study by the University of Glasgow tracked the health of more than 250,000 people over five years and recorded 37 deaths among regular cyclists. In comparison, the researchers found that 63 people would have died if they had all commuted by car or public transport.
At Thrive, we value and support our tenants, giving them the environment and facilities they need to thrive in the workplace. At Atlas House in Wigan, Miller House in Bolton and Foundry House in Widnes, we provide bike racks, showers and changing rooms to help promote a healthier lifestyle. We spoke to Chris Armstrong, Director at Lowry Recruitment, a recruitment agency that works with many of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. Chris is based at Atlas House and cycles to work three days a week.
Why did you take up cycling to work?
“I cycle mostly for my personal health and fitness, but also to cut down on fuel consumption on my car. At age 44 I’m conscious that I’m not getting any younger! Atlas House is just 2 miles away from my home, so I mostly follow designated cycle paths on my route to work.”
You’ve been operating out of Atlas House for over two years. What do you like most about it?
“The facilities on offer are fantastic – the breakout areas and kitchen, the boardroom, the showers and toilets and bike parking area. Plus, it’s in the perfect location – close to my home and the M6 for when I need to visit clients. It’s also great that we have access to other Thrive sites; I occasionally use Station House in Warrington for client meetings.”
Cycle to Work Day is about encouraging everyone to give cycling a go, regardless of ability. What would you say to someone who would like to try it but is nervous about cycling to work?
“Give it a go, maybe do it with a friend or colleague, and don’t worry about the cost of buying a bike. To start you could always borrow one from a friend or family member or buy a cheap second-hand one from a charity shop.”
Chris’ advice is spot on – all you need to take part is a bike (old or new) and the desire to ride. So, why not give it a go on Thursday 8th August and join thousands of people across the UK in celebrating everyday cycling?
Our offices are more than just a place to work. To find out more about our ethos and what we offer, visit www.thriveofficespace.co.uk/why-usCategory - Blog
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