I work in Human Resources and for years recruited new employees to work for our company. When reviewing resumes, my eye would scan for key work experiences, skills, and any other details that might tell me about the candidate. When I saw “running” as an area of interest, it caught my attention, but I had to resist the bias of giving any undeserved consideration to applicants who run. But my experience has proven that runners bring some highly useful capabilities to our work days.
Running makes us better workers no matter what we do —teachers, sales people, technicians, stay-at-home parents, ministers, customer service providers, laborers, and executives. I think our employers get a better return from us as runners.
Because we run, I think we show up better at what we do to make a living. We bring our healthy outlook to our work; we’re disciplined and energetic; we bring goal-mindedness to our projects; we bring our sense of planning, progress, and achievement to our work. I think we're better time managers and relationship managers because of running--especially running bloggers.
When I interact at work with other runners, I believe the stage is set for better results because runners think profoundly, care, plan (like daily), make great decisions, ex-plore new possibilities, gather input, solve problems, and lead others. Give me a project team full of runners and I believe we can out perform a comparable business team of non-runners anytime. All the time.
A true story. I recently had the chance to hand pick a business project team, so I chose all runners. Their backgrounds are Customer Service Manager, Business Analyst, Mutual Funds Compliance, Accounting, Statistical Consultant, a Training Consultant, and an private business owner. Each one of them runners! Yessssss! This group thinks like a team, champions the project, and their ideas and output have been nothing short of amazing!
Every day we bring our running selves to our work. We don't wear our race medals. Most of us don't even discuss our running with others, but fortunately we bring our best to our lives and work outside of running.
I can't say I run a faster 10k because of my profession, but I'd say I'm a better employee to my employer because of my running. Our work, co-workers, and employers are better because we keep bringing the best of ourselves--AS RUNNERS-to work each day!