You’ve seen them in gym clothes at odd hours of the morning. You’ve overheard them talking about the race last weekend. They always seem to be in good spirits, and they always have a plan.
You know who they are—runners.
Here’s why you should hire them:
- Runners are independent.
Runners are accustomed to working hard on their own. They lace up their shoes and hit the road without instruction. They take initiative and hold themselves accountable. You won’t ever need to micromanage a runner at the office.
- Runners seek new challenges.
Runners constantly strive to perfect their craft. They understand that there is always room for improvement, whether it be in time, distance, stamina, strength, or stride. Runners want to be better than they were yesterday. Shouldn’t model employees have the same attitude?
- Runners encourage others.
Runners are well aware of how much effort and commitment goes into the sport, and they recognize this dedication in others. At any race, each runner shows up with a different level of experience and ability. Even the most accomplished runners are glad to offer advice to those who are just starting out, and the beginners cheer on the champions and look up to them. We could all benefit from this reassurance at work too.
- Runners understand the importance of community.
Although running is often a solitary endeavor, runners are part of a community of like-minded people who share a common passion. They have a sense of camaraderie that cannot be found anywhere else. They have a support system of people who can relate to them. It is no secret that people with strong support systems tend to be more fulfilled and successful in all aspects of life.
- Runners don’t sweat the small stuff.
True runners hit the trail no matter what, despite the circumstances. Regardless of sleep deprivation, poor weather conditions, or aches and pains, runners don’t let the little things hold them back. Chances are, a runner won’t complain about minor annoyances at the office.
- Runners know how to manage their time.
Ever notice how the most productive, successful people always have time for exercise? Runners are time conscious on a number of levels. Yes, runners race against the clock when they train, but they also understand the importance of running several times per week. They will make time in even the busiest of schedules because they know how to prioritize their tasks and maximize their potential. Who wouldn’t want an employee with superb time management skills?
- Runners are competitive.
Let’s face it, a little healthy competition can be beneficial in the workplace. Runners hold themselves to high standards and strive to beat their last times, but they often become more motivated when competing against others. At the office, a runner will want to close the biggest deal, write the best blog, or give the most powerful presentation.
- Runners are optimistic.
Runners are encouraged by small victories, and they are hopeful for future results. Plus, exercise is scientifically proven to produce feelings of euphoria, reduce stress, and alleviate anxiety. As a result, runners tend to be pleasant, happy people. It’s hard to have a bad day when you’re hopped up on endorphins and pumped about your new personal record.
- Runners persevere.
Runners know full well that you have to keep going even when every fiber of your being is telling you to stop. They work through the pain, finish the race, and then lace up again the next day. Runners have the mental strength to endure rigorous schedules and perform difficult tasks in order to reach their goals.
If you’re searching for a model employee, hire a runner.
Note: This blog originally appeared on Corus360.com.