Iridia Embarks on the Global Corporate Challenge!

Global Corporate Challenge ToykoToday the Iridia team embarks on a journey, joining more than 40,000 teams on a 100-day challenge to traverse the globe. Why? To increase our physical activity levels, improve our diets and increase the quality of our sleep!

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is an online program that engages people to help them become more active. The goal is for every participant to work up to 10,000 steps a day. To keep participants on track, the GCC provides teams with the GCC Pulse, an activity tracker that measures steps and movement and takes activity measurement to a whole new level. The Pulse uses accelerometer technology to track daily activity. Containing the latest 3D sensor it will accurately detect movement in a precise, consistent and reliable way.

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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 a journey around the world. This years’ challenge starts in Tokyo, and as each team enters their steps from the Pulse, the steps are shown on a digital map – each day, you literally walk/run/cycle your way around the world! In addition to digitally stepping your way to each new location, participants will be learning about the culture and people of each along the way.

Participants are placed in teams of seven. This year (our 3rd year with the GCC!) we have four teams participating – and even though the challenge just started, already we have friendly banter and a sense of competition taking place among our teams.

Why The Global Corporate Challenge?

Iridia encourages a culture of healthy living. Healthy snacks are provided at our office, group walks are held and nutritious lunches are provided monthly. Employees are encouraged to take part in activities that promote an active, healthy lifestyle and the GCC is a fun and engaging way to do so!

According to research by Goldbeck Recruiting Inc. in their blog for Workplace Wellness Programs, health and wellness programs benefit both 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

Benefits to companies that invest in a healthy workplace:

  • Increased productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Improved employee satisfaction
  • Reduced short and long-term disability payments
  • Reduced employee benefit costs
  • Lower worker’s compensation claims

While productivity and satisfaction are important to business, we’d like our employees to have some fun and become healthier in the process – the GCC is just the vehicle to do that. You can learn more about the program at www.gettheworldmoving.com.

Iridia’s employees are getting the world 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 40,000 other teams around the world!

 

The GCC Comes to a Successful End!

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The GCC Journey

We’ve been walking, swimming, and biking for four months now, and on September 11th our four month corporate challenge with the GCC (Global Corporate Challenge) came to an end. It’s been quite a journey with 21 of our staff participating on three teams to try to achieve new fitness goals and step up the activity. The mantra for the GCC is “get the world moving” and that is in fact what they did.

This year, 37,432 teams from around the world (that’s 262,000 people!) participated in the Challenge. As this was Iridia’s first year we really didn’t know what to expect, but we were surprised, challenged and encouraged every step of the way.

The Challenge

The Challenge is exceptionally well structured, highly interactive and provides loads of tools, videos, assessments, posters, mini-challenges, awards and statistics to assist team captains in motivating their teams to keep striving to beat their best and up their steps. In addition, the online interface is literally like travelling around the world. As your team logs their steps each week, you “virtually” visit places around the world that are the equivalent of the steps you’ve taken. It was exciting to read about and see stunning photography of new places around the world and to see the distances we were covering as a team.

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What was most fun was the community board, where you could post just about anything – acknowledge a personal success, ask a question, vent about something, celebrate your team’s accomplishments, or just share a story about a particular experience – and get responses from people all over the world. It really was a unique experience and added an interesting and “connecting” dimension to the whole process.

On the home front, there was plenty of friendly competition and hijinks between the three teams as gauntlets were thrown down, pranks were played, and team activities abounded during the four months of the challenge. It was just a lot of fun!

Iridia Team Stats

We are super proud of our three teams and what they accomplished, especially this being the first year. Here’s where our teams ended up in a number of categories:

GCC Stats

Our team’s experience with the GCC has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, here are some of the tangible results of the experience on our team:

  • 94% of staff now meet or exceed the recommended 10,000 steps per day, as compared to 19% before the event
  • 93% reported a positive impact on their relationship with exercise
  • 63% reported an improvement in their overall health level from before the GCC
  • 73% reported weight loss, with an average 11 pounds lost per person
  • 58% reported reduced levels of stress at work and at home
  • 71% reported increased overall energy

Supporting Health Initiatives

The GCC also partners with Unicef and raises funds during the challenge for health initiatives around the world. This year, 185 water pumps were purchased for communities who previously had no access to clean water. The people in these communities will experience greater health and opportunities because of this initiative. It felt great to be part of that as well!

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The Wrap Up

On October 16th, representatives from the GCC will be joining us at the Iridia office for an end-of-event celebration. While they do this via video with all the companies who participated, not many get one in person, so we’re honoured to be chosen for this privileged visit. We’re looking to closing off our experience with a bang!

The GCC runs from May to September each year. If you’re looking for an exceptional health initiative that will engage your team in ways you never thought possible, consider signing up. Who knows, maybe next year we’ll be competing against you!

 

Iridia Out on the Hunt

We’re now half way through the Global Corporate Challenge (two months left to go!), and the three Iridia teams (Blue Steel, Red Striding Hoods and Gold Karats) are still going strong.

The 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 – learn more and check out our first GCC blog.

As of July 25th, we have a combined step count of 21,353,158 – or the equivalent of walking around the world .34 times. To honour everyone’s hard work and dedication we decided to host a “mid-point” celebration.

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The Mid-Point Celebration

The idea was to put together a GCC themed event that would be loads of fun, incorporate our values, and of course, be “step heavy.” The result – an Iridia scavenger hunt to celebrate our accomplishments to date.

After hammering out the details, we created five new teams, each represented by a member from our three GCC teams. The event would be timed (1 hour or about 4.5k). Prizes would be handed out for teams accumulating the most points. And of course we had to create a set of rules to follow – because a scavenger hunt without rules can only lead to one thing: chaos.

The Rules

  • The event starts and ends at the Iridia office
  • Teams must leave and return together, and complete all the items on their clue sheets to be eligible for awards
  • All participants must note their start and end step counts
  • Teams must bring a camera for “evidence”
  • All teams will have the option of completing additional activities for bonus points
  • Teams taking more than 60 minutes to return will forfeit 50% of any bonus points earned

Available Awards

  • Greatest distance from our office
  • Reach the highest floor of a building
  • Collect the most business cards
  • Most AEDs found
  • Most people on a bicycle
  • Most Bonus Points Earned
  • Best Dressed Team
  • Highest Step Rate
  • Best Iridia Values Photo Contribution (snap a photo of anything, anyone or anywhere that reflects Iridia’s values)
  • Greatest Distance From Office

The Gallery

The Results

  • First Team Home – Nancy, Nick C and Beverly
  • Highest Step Average – Allan, Shannon and Steve, a rate of 340 steps per minute
  • Greatest Distance From the Office – Vern, Lexi and Diana, with 17 513 steps
  • Most Bonus Points Earned – Tom, Janine and Nick K, with 39 points earned from an incredible 30 business cards collected and an impressive 15 storey adventure!
  • Best Dressed Team – Allan, Shannon and Steve
  • Best Iridia Core Values Photo – Melissa, Julie and Derek, who snapped images of all 8 values

Combined Stats

  • Total distance covered by all teams – 49km
  • Average distance covered – 5103 steps, or over 3km per person
  • AEDs spotted in the wild – 3
  • Most people on a bike – 5
  • Total business cards collected – 106

With the event wrapped up – it’s fair to say the scavenger hunt was a huge success; we had many laughs, lots of great memories and of course we all surpassed the GCC 10,000 steps-per-day goal!  

 

Iridia Walks Around the World

The past four weeks have been full of excitement, challenges and friendly office competition at Iridia. In three teams of seven, our employees have been working hard to “step around the world” while competing against thirty-seven thousand teams in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).

The 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 – learn more about GCC, or check out our first GCC blog.

Global Corporate Challenge

With Stage 1 of the GCC behind us, we can sit back and reflect. Our first month has been a smash in many ways. We’ve smashed through personal barriers. We’ve smashed our perceptions of what we were capable of doing. And we’ve had a smashing good time doing it!

In four weeks, the Iridia teams have managed to put together an impressive array of stats – including a combined total of 8.6 million steps.

For more detailed stats, have a look at Iridia’s Stage 1 Global Corporate Challenge Progress Report:

GCC Stats

Here’s to the next four smashing weeks of walking, biking and swimming our way to health – and good luck to our three teams: Blue Steel, The Red Striding Hoods and Gold Karats

 

Getting the World Moving

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.