Love your job? That’s great! But if we look to our jobs as our main source of happiness and fulfilment, we can end up feeling uninspired and dissatisfied with life, not to mention less productive and unmotivated at work.

Here at MARS, we believe having a passion outside of work is just as important as having passion inside your workplace; from cricket and running to creative cooking and photography, from cycling and guitar playing to traveling and music mixing our team love to embrace hobbies outside of the office. Alongside his role as head of our IT division, our Managing Consultant Simon also works part time protecting the local community as an on-call firefighter for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue and has recently completed his qualification to drive emergency response vehicles.

  1. You’ll be happier!

Have you ever noticed that when someone is engaged in doing something they love, whether its competitive sports, training for a marathon, volunteering or planning their next travel adventure, they seem happier? Other than boosting your mood and your friendship circle. Other benefits include reduced stress levels, improved self esteem and confidence.

  1. You’ll feel a deeper sense of purpose

Monday morning rolls around, you get up, you go to work, come home, eat, sleep, repeat. Sound familiar? Living life with more purpose outside the office will enrich your perspective and sense of fulfilment. So, the next opportunity you have to learn something new, to challenge yourself – grab it! Life is too short to wait for that perfect moment.

  1. It will improve your health – physical and mental

Your hobby doesn’t have to be physically demanding to benefit your health. We all know that stress can have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing, and in our increasingly busy lives, it has never been more important to take time out to reflect and reassess on what really matters. Forget about that bad meeting at work, the increasing pile of unanswered emails or that family argument while you train for that 10K run or kickbox the stress away.

  1. It will help your career!

Believe it or not, if you want to get ahead at work, you need to make time for a life outside it. It’s no secret that companies are now hiring for a cultural fit to retain top performing candidates and many employers now consider candidate’s hobbies and interests to be as important if not more than qualifications and experience.

Taking up passions outside of work is the perfect opportunity to showcase your personal strengths. Got tenacity, perseverance and drive? – take up endurance sports. Creative? Think outside the box? Why not try pursue photography, creative cooking or theatre acting?

Team sports such as cricket hockey and football show that you can work in a team in pursuit of a common goal, a very desirable skill in the majority of industries.

Confidence, multi-tasking, critical thinking and leadership are all skills needed in the workplace if you want to succeed and your hobbies can enhance what you bring to the table as an employee.

So, go on, take a breather from work, clear your head and say yes to the next opportunity that comes your way, or better yet, go and sign up to that charity run, join that class, re-ignite those neglected interests. Because life is too short not to.