New perspectives from behind the handlebars
Cycling is also how these employees prepare for the rigors of business. Harvard Medical School is one of many institutions that stand behind the benefits of regular aerobic exercise for one’s body, metabolism and mind. These effects are realized at Argo, where cycling is used to relax after a busy work week and prepare for new challenges. “The impact on my energy cannot be overstated,” Pool said. A bicycle is a lightweight travel partner, too. Rose said, “I take a bike when I travel. I especially like California and England. Nothing makes you more productive on a work trip than a decent workout or two.” Pool and Rose show that cycling defines the kind of company Argo is. It’s a group of diverse people who are active everywhere from the sun-baked valleys of California to the rainy streets of London.
No need to reinvent the wheel
Alongside the benefits to human health, cycling contributes to environmental health. Long-time cyclist and Argo CEO Mark E. Watson III reveals that living green isn’t always about reinventing the wheel. “Cycling has always been a part of my fitness routine,” said Watson. “If I have a choice to jump on a bike or take a cab, especially in gridlocked cities around the world, I take the bike. Sure, it gives you a bit of exercise, but it’s also a small contribution to living a more sustainable lifestyle. Oh, and by the way, it takes a lot less time.”
Fiscal sustainability can be achieved from behind the handlebars, too. “I use it as a savings tracker for small things I want to buy,” said Peter Olson, senior case manager in Portland. “Every day I bike instead of burning gas, I save $1.90, which can add up over the course of a month, not to mention the carbon footprint.” Turns out small financial decisions can have a big impact – both in insurance and in life.