Key to Success

I recently read an article on NY1.com entitled “Sweating Out the Job Search.” It discusses the benefits of exercising and physical fitness during the job hunting process. After getting the boot from jobs, people begin to experience the blues: “a lot of depression, a lot of rejection” that forces them into a slump (“Sweating out the Job Search”). They begin pig out on unhealthy, cheap foods, and just lay back and wait. This slump can result into a spiraling downfall to the point where a person’s physical shape affects their mood which affects their ability to get a new job. For this reason, New York Sports Club and the recruitment firm, Forest Solutions, has teamed up to create a program that offers career advice and physical fitness. According to Stefano Tromba from Forest Solutions, the class “‘elevates your mindset. I think it energizes your body. It gets you, the confidence gets built up. It reduces your stress. And it also helps you when you go out on interviews’” (“Sweating out the Job Search”). The course claims that by reintroducing people to an exercise routine, they will develop a positive mindset that will help people on the job search.

I think this program is a good solution to helping people manage their stress during this economic crisis. Though it seems interesting that only now, when companies are laying people off, people are going to the gym, and taking the time to get in shape. It makes me wonder if organizations are changing their employees’ priorities. Are organizations (in someway) commercializing employees priorities so that the organization comes first, and the employee comes second? Ironically, in order to get a job, people once again must put themselves first.

After reading Nickel and Dimed, I see that employees are revolving their lives around their organizations. Wal-Mart seemed to control every detail of their employees’ lives, so that employees did not have the ability to make their own decisions. Wal-Mart told employees how long of a lunch break they may take; what is stolen time/their time; what they can afford to buy; what health insurance to purchase; what is a living wage. Wal-Mart controls so many aspects of employees’ lives, that soon employees only have the option to prioritize Wal-Mart above themselves.

The effects of rationalized organizations may be that they cut people out of their own lives. However, when people are out of jobs, they once again need to gain control again, and have the ability to do so. Exercise is a great way to gain control—a person can control their physical health and shape. This control makes people happy again, so they are confident enough to get jobs. I believe that this shows how people having control of their decisions is important to happiness which is important to job success. After learning about the formal and informal structures, the formal structure really does seem to hurt peoples’ ability and functioning.

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6 Responses

  1. I found it interesting that only after employees are losing their jobs is someone stepping in to try and boost their moral by pushing exercise, I think more employees would enjoy their work and not make their organization their number one priority if they had other incentives or perks to their jobs, so many employers offer incentives such as gym memberships to help their employees unwind at the end of the day but to still be involved with the company and be a part of the organization.

  2. Just like looking for a college I found it interesting that during orientation for an internship, one emphasis was exercise and local activities that we could get involved in. Some of these activities involved the company while others did not. Maybe this is along the same lines as a healthy/ happy employee means a more productive employee?

  3. My dad is a four time Olympian and now he works with Quality of Life for Banco Santander,one of the largest bank in the world, he designed a program and everyone from the president to the custodian are encouraged to do some form of exercise through out the day. They found that not only productivuty went up but they started to get great reviews on their customer service.

  4. This is interesting because historically, gym memberships are one of the first things to go when people experience a decrease in disposable income. However, I remember reading an article over the summer that talked about how people are turning to exercise during the economic crisis and that gyms are actually doing fine (as in…not losing all of their members.) I guess it makes sense that if people feel like they can’t control their economic situation, they may as well take control over their physical health and use it as a means of feeling better about everything. That said, I get emails from my gym on a regular basis about reduced dues and all sorts of promotions. So maybe they are feeling the hit of the crisis a bit?

  5. Lets use Caps for titles!

  6. I’ve always found that I personally can manage my stress levels better when I’m working out on a regular basis, and I’m sure many of you can agree! The thing that concerns me though is that it takes an economic crisis or job loss to trigger people to turn to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong-I’m not faulting the people who have chose to become more healthy, I think it’s a great trend. My point is that people should try to make a greater effort even when times are easy to take care of their body.

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