Like, specifically. You should actively recruit runners.
I’ll explain why.
Runners are really healthy, so we’ll help keep your insurance costs down. We tend to eat better … some of us. We get sick less often, so we call out less often. Now, there are breeds of runners (trail runners, ultra runners, OCR runners) that like to do really ridiculous stuff that opens them (us) up to greater risk of injury. But really, these are more of your acute medical costs (broken bone, concussion, any variety of strain) which tend to be much cheaper than your more chronic illnesses that often come from a sedentary lifestyle. So, you should be spending less on premiums for us. And it is possible that employer insurance costs don’t work that way anymore. I’ve been out of the industry for a lot of years. But I’m thinking not a lot has changed beyond the increasing costs, so…
Runners aren’t afraid of a challenge. In fact, we welcome it. Seek it out. So, when you’ve got a work challenge that other employees are reluctant to take on, your runner employees can handle it. And we probably won’t even be all self-righteous about it when we solve the hell out of that challenge. Now, that need for challenge may mean that we’re gonna need several Fridays/Mondays off a year so we can prep for/recover from whatever marathon, ultra, Ragnar, OCR race we’re taking on that weekend. BUT, we plan that stuff well in advance, so you’re gonna know our time off needs a good year beforehand. Mostly.
Runners are willing to get up early. Like, freakishly early. Like, as I’m preparing this blog entry in my head, I’m on the side of a mountain at 3 o’clock in the actual morning with a group of my craziest running friends. I’m sorry. That’s rather redundant. I should say, with a group of my running friends. And I had to get up at 1am to drive an hour to get to do this. Now, I’m not saying we won’t be all whiny about it. And probably we’ll have already logged several miles before even getting to work. But we’ll be there on time. Probably early. Possibly super early. And probably showered.
Runners are a pretty easy going group. We aren’t readily offended. You don’t have to tiptoe around us. We’re not going to go running to HR to complain that so and so used a bad word or suggested some area we could improve or said something to hurt our feelings. The first two things are non-issues for us. As for the third, we’ll either ignore so and so or we’ll explain to so and so directly that what they said was not ok. And then we’ll move on, because we really weren’t that concerned about so and so to begin with. So and so isn’t a runner and doesn’t understand runners and probably shouldn’t be working there in the first place. So and so is not our issue. Now, that may increase our odds of saying something that might offend others like so and so. We have a certain kind of language that is not really for polite company. But generally we can pull our shit together in a professional setting and use proper people words. (Note: This blog entry is not an example of said ability.)
Runners are also pretty open. We like to share things. If we have thoughts on something, we’ll let you know. Usually, our willingness to share our thoughts and feedback can lead to workplace improvements and the resolution of issues. Now, we may also let you know about our missing toenails or what we ate that made us vomit on our last run. And how many times we vomited. And where we vomited. But that’s really only if you ask us about running, so that one is entirely on you.
Runners are great at celebration and comradery. We’ll plan the hell out of a co-worker’s baby shower or the company office party. Now, there will be beer. There will always be beer. We like beer. But everyone will have fun. Maybe not so and so, but everyone else will.
And runners are problem-solvers. Hell, just this morning we solved the country’s drug problem on our three-hour run. Now, I was more involved in the part of the discussion where we identified the existence and urgency of the drug problem. Then two of us pulled ahead a bit and did the actual solving part, but I wasn’t running at their pace, so I didn’t get to hear the solution. But I know it’s out there. And it was runners who did it. So, that feels pretty good.
Bonus? We’ll also share cool pictures like this with you.
You know. Just to remind you of what you could experience … if you were a runner. Which you should be.
So, if you have some openings, I’m gonna encourage you to actively seek out runners to fill them. And maybe even consider replacing so and so with a runner. Maybe head out to your local pub around, say, 5:30 or 6:00 pm (not am, because pubs aren’t open that early…we’d be there if they were), where runners are no doubt gathering to get in 5 or 6 miles before enjoying a refreshing beverage. Pick the pubs closest to greenways or running paths. And probably get there early. You’re gonna want to do your recruiting pre-run, not post. We smell better before our runs.
Special thanks to my Blue Ridge Marathon training group for getting me up Roanoke and Mill Mountains this morning so my brain could write.