Next week the Iridia team is joining 230,000 people around the world on a 16 week challenge to get moving.
The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is an online program that engages people in getting more active. The goal is for every participant to work up to 10,000 steps a day. The GCC provides each participant with an accelerometer that measures their steps and movement.
Everything counts – even things like yoga and tai chi can be measured, and swimmers and cyclists can convert their activity into steps using a pre-determined formula.
The backdrop is walking around the world. This year’s challenge starts in Rio de Janeiro, and as each team enters their steps, they are shown on a map as you literally walk your way around the world. In addition, participants will be learning about the culture and people of each location at which they arrive.
Participants are placed in groups of seven and Iridia has formed three teams (21 employees) who will be participating (that’s 90% of our staff). The challenge doesn’t start until May 23rd but already there is friendly banter and a sense of competition taking place among the teams.
Iridia values and fosters a culture of healthy living at the office. Healthy snacks are provided at work, a group walk is held once a week, nutritious lunches are provided twice a month, yoga classes are held on-site and employees are encouraged to participate in activities that promote an active, healthy lifestyle. The GCC is one way that Iridia is encouraging its employees to get healthy in a fun and engaging way.
According to research by Goldbeck Recruiting Inc. in their blog for Canadian Employers on trends in the Canadian workplace (http://goldbeck.com/hrblog/workplace-wellness-programs-part-1-what-canadian-companies-are-doing/), promoting health and wellness programs show benefits both the employees and the organization.
Consider these facts about Canadian workers:
- 60% spend their entire workday seated, and 56% are classified as “physically inactive”
- 36% are overweight, and 23% are obese
- 66% report high stress on their jobs
- 21% are daily or regular smokers
Some of the benefits to companies that invest in a healthy workplace are:
- Increased productivity
- Lower absenteeism
- Improved employee satisfaction
- Reduced short and long-term disability payments
- Reduced employee benefit costs
- Lower worker’s compensation claims
While these things are important to business, we just want our employees to get out and have some fun and get healthier in the process. The GCC looks like it will be just the vehicle to do that. You can check out the program at www.gettheworldmoving.com.
Iridia is getting its employees moving this May through September. Can we achieve 10,000 steps a day for each team member? We think we can! We’ll keep you posted as our teams move around the world and compete against 33,000 other teams around the world.