A great company culture not only boosts employee morale, but also the company's bottom line. By promoting a happier, healthier and more connected workplace, invaluable workplace morale can be nurtured to promote higher employee satisfaction. For some, a Ping Pong table might seem like a waste of money and staff time, but hang in there. However, according to a recent Glassdoor study, there is in fact a correlation between high employee satisfaction and better performance on the stock market. If that isn't enough proof that it pays to keep your employees happy, we don't know what is.
Low impact activity
At workplaces we have all ages, all skill levels and all intelligence levels. Ping Pong is a sport that providing the table is placed in a nice safe open area the chance of injury during playful activity is quite low. Safe for all to play. Consider placing in nice open area such as outside so it is wheelchair accessible.
Incidental and fun exercise
What people don’t know is they are keeping fit while playing Ping Pong. The short burst of movement tones arm, legs, hips, quads are all getting movement - which is great if you have been in an office chair stand up desk position all morning. But it is fun exercise that is suitable in standard office attire.
Enhances hand to eye co-ordination skills
Hand to eye co-ordination is the ability for our vision and muscles to work in tandem. This is a key motor skill that can deteriorate over time and a key motor skill used in the workplace when completing tasks. Ping pong provides a raft of benefits for staff to improve that motor skills, cognitive awareness, hand-eye coordination, balance and reflexes; all fundamental elements of working safely.
Strengthens body balance
Good body balance is something you either have or you don’t,. Just like other physical skills, body balance can be worked on and improved.
Body balance is all about distributing your weight evenly so that you can remain upright and steady. If you have too much weight going forwards, backwards or to either side you will lose balance. Good body balance prevents falls and trips and muscular strain.
The more you play Ping Pong the better enhanced your body balance will become. A key part of Ping Pong is the need to be able to change directions quickly in a game, hence good body balance becomes important . Even if you don’t have the greatest body balance to begin with, playing table tennis regularly will improve that. This will improve balance for all employees in other tasks.
Brain game – tactics and strategy
Okay so there is the scoring part in Ping Pong helping memory and numeracy, but in game play, you have to anticipate the other player’s shots, and for this, you will be using the prefrontal cortex that lets you plan your moves strategically. Players need to respond to the speed, force, spin and trajectory of the Ping Pong ball approximately every 1.5 seconds. In milliseconds, you will learn to adjust racquet movements, body posture and footing improving your reflexes in order to hit (return) the ball back into play.
Table tennis develops neuromuscular skill, and evokes prolonged concentration.
Playing any type of game is a great way to meet people, make new friends or connect with workmates / customers at a social level creating a culture of team-work and positive rivalries. Ping Pong is a sport where is gives great opportunity to meet new people, and to bond with them, not to mention increased bonding with the friends you already have who also play. This is a great way to build on relationship fundamentals, provide an ice breaker, and it is also a great way to bring together different work divisions, office and factory, young and old people, and everyone can learn together.
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