What type of employee are companies currently seeking? Education and studies are obviously essential to opt for the vast majority of jobs, but they are not usually enough. Beyond a degree or a title, companies look for team players, flexible, autonomous, ambitious, and confident employees, just to name a few. Here are the 7 reasons why water polo players are the best employees.
1. Water polo players are detail-oriented
Endless workouts and hours and hours of pool to perfect the shooting technique, passing or other skills. The great water polo players know that success often depends on correcting the details, like egg-beater, leg positioning or faking technique. The details are key in water polo and are what will make one player superior to another. That kind of dedication to the particulars can give the competitive edge in the office as well as in the pool.
2. Water polo players can manage their time effectively
In order to be a student athlete in any sport you have to be able to effectively balance your work and school. Water polo players train five days a week and they have at least one game every the weekend. That’s why water polo takes time management to another level. Players have to be capable of keeping up with school, give everything in training, find time to rest and eat and, also very important, find moments for social life. These skills translated into the labor world increase employee efficiency and productivity.
3. Water polo players can set challenging, yet realistic, goals
National championships, being called-up for the national team, play with the older category, dream of reaching the senior team, winning MVP awards… Every water polo player trains to achieve goals like these. Working with medium and long-term objectives is always more stimulating. Water polo players understand that the most effective goals are ambitious, but reachable, and once they have a goal, they work tirelessly to achieve it.
4. Water polo players know how to be good teammates
Practically all the jobs require being in contact with other people, holding meetings, taking care of tasks that depend on several people, etc. In the same way, water polo is a team sport in which individual success is not contemplated without the help of teammates. In addition, in a minority sport such as water polo, everyone knows each other better and the teams end up forming a large family that goes beyond the limits of the pools. Players know how to deal with people, cheer their teammates up when it’s required and experience the feeling of collective success.
5. Water polo players know how to tackle a tedious task and make it interesting
After endless pre-seasons in which swimming with T-shirt and the dryland workouts are part of the daily routine, most tasks in the adult world may seem a lot more interesting. Water polo players, after getting used to hours of exhausting swimming specially in the start of the week, will know how to make from a monotonous task something entertaining and, more importantly, they will have already developed a lot of tricks to keep themselves focused.
6. Water polo players know how to perform under pressure
From a penalty shootout to playing the final of a national competition. The pressure is constant in the day to day of a water polo player: games against direct rivals, man-up situations in which scoring a goal is the only option etc. Applied to the workplace, all this effort under pressure is very good practice for any presentations or public speaking that may come their way, or to deal with deadlines.
7. Water polo players are intrinsically motivated
The most important thing that water polo players learn from their years of training is how to stay motivated at both the fun times and the hard times. The moments before a major clash or the coach speech before jumping into the water are clear examples that will make the players feel motivated and fired-up before a challenge. Water polo athletes know how to work at what may seem to be a thankless task in order to improve themselves and benefit the team as a whole.
Article inspired by “7 reasons why hiring a swimmer will enhance your company”, Swim Swam