world's new mantra- Employees who take part in sports are generally
all-rounders, quick learners, better leaders and work well in a team.
Many corporate leaders believe
that organising different types of games and encouraging employee
participation is the need of the hour as that they can develop various
skills needed for professional growth. “We organise cricket matches for
employees and also support other sporting activities. I believe
association with sports by default makes people relate to their team
mates, helps in strategising and develops clarity in thinking. It is
definitely worthwhile to build soft skills among managers.
only does the leadership quality enhance, soft skills also help in
building the emotional quotient of the organisation,” says Rana Kapoor,
MD and CEO, Yes Bank Limited. Sanjay Sethi, head of an online shopping
firm says that his company has a cricket team that practices regularly
and successfully competes with teams from other organisations. “This
goes a long way in building trust and camaraderie between coworkers and honing individual skills such as quick decisionmaking, strategy formulation, etc,” he says.
experts are of the view that employees who take part in maximum games
are all-rounders or people who excel in most games/sports have a greater
ability to learn quickly and in a better manner compared to those who
don’t. “People who take part in games excel in life and in multiple
roles and are better leaders; we, therefore, offer such employees
leadership roles and a variety of important profiles. Also, people who
excel in sports are very positive and drive the organisation to success
once they become leaders,” views Kunwer Sachdev, founder & MD,
learn how to challenge yourself and master hardships, you learn the
absolute importance of teamwork to give you a winning edge, you learn to
sacrifice individual needs for the benefit of the group, you learn
about the importance of good sportsmanship, fairplay, honesty and
integrity; all of which come in handy at the workplace,” says Sudeep
Banerjee, head, HR and training from a life insurance company. Market
leaders believe that playing each sport - be it golf, chess, cricket etc
- has its own positive impact on the player.
chess, shooting etc are important to increase the level of
concentration, football can help you with teamwork and strategic
planning,” says Rajeev Kapoor, MD, Steelbird, which has been associated
with domestic hockey matches as a sponsor.