• Vesna Ilic

    2nd September 2016

Boxing Our Way to Great Company Culture

Create the write work environment

Earlier this week Great Places to Work published their annual Best Places to Work in Australia’ list and it got me thinking about how the start-up culture has brought with it a transformation of traditional workplaces. Long gone are the days of simply doing your hours and clocking out faster than you can say crackers. Offices around the world are now becoming social, engaging and interactive hubs where employees do more than just work (wait, what?)

Why? Simple – the happier your employees are, the more productive they will be at work. Here at Redback, our objective has always been to build a business where our employees find it to be a great place to work so that our customers will find it to be a great place to do business with.

In the past few months one of our BDMs Chris has been running free one hour MMA and boxing classes for anyone willing to join. Once a week we swap our keyboards for boxing gloves and our desks for Wynyard Park, ready to release the Holly Holms and Mark Hunts hidden inside. Here are the three ways boxing is helping us to boost our company culture!

Stress relief and exercise

Nothing says stress relief like repeatedly punching one of your colleagues after a hard week of work. That was a joke – the Redback family loves each other and we are all advocates of non-violent dispute management.

Having said that, it’s no secret that exercise and sunshine help to relieve stress, boost endorphins and increase productivity. And there is the added bonus of burning a few calories before Friday afternoon drinks – score!

Breaks up the week

While we all love our jobs, it is always nice to break up your week and do something non-work related with your colleagues. It is the perfect excuse to share a bit of banter and create stronger relationships.

Learning a new skill

As our lives get busier, it is easy to become complacent and stop stepping out of our comfort zone. Learning a new skill not only boosts your mental and physical health, but also helps you to engage with new people and discover that you are capable of doing things you didn’t think you could.

In my first class I was too scared to even throw a punch and now I can’t wait to get out there smash out loads of different combinations.

Initiatives like this help us to build stronger relationships with our colleagues, boost our fitness, and most importantly feel happier and therefore more productive and engaged at work.

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Until next time,


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