While completing a marathon is an outstanding achievement, there’s no denying the impact it can have on the body, and the potential damage that stands to be done; injuries, exhaustion, and days off sick to recover.As a business owner, you want the most from your staff, and you want to be sure that when they’re coming to work, they are focused on the job at hand; so what happens when an employee decides to take on this challenge. Should you be supportive? Or should you worry that they’ll be tired, injured and maybe even distracted and unproductive at work? CV-Library’s recent research of over 1,000 of the nation’s professionals showed that while 9.9 per cent have taken on the challenge at some point during their career, only 14.3 per cent felt like their training negatively affected their ability to work. Perhaps predictably, when asked to share how their performance was affected in the office, the most common factor was that they were tired and unproductive at work (33.3 per cent), suggesting that their training took energy and focus away from their jobs. Furthermore, our respondents admitted to finding it difficult to balance training for such a demanding event with their careers (only 42.9 per cent indicated their employer helped them balance work and training), with some revealing that extra time off to train was necessary, while others couldn’t focus in the office, or were in a lot of pain after a long run in training. None of these revelations are particularly surprising; putting the body through such intensive training would always have its downsides. But, it’s not just employees who can be faced with troubles when gearing up for an event of this sort; business owners are often faced with the issue of sponsoring their staff or donating to fundraising efforts; many employees who take on a marathon will do so for a charity or cause close to their heart. When we asked the UK’s workers who had completed a marathon whether their employer sponsored them, an overwhelming proportion (72.6 per cent) responded “no”. So, as an employer, should you sponsor your employees?
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