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!

 

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.

 

Continuing Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

Looking for ways to embrace a healthy workplace? Look no further because it’s Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

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We’ve chosen a number of activities and are encouraging our staff to do at least one activity a week to make positive changes at the workplace and in their personal lives. Earlier this month, we outlined what you can do to stay healthy in weeks 1 and 2. Please see our original post here.

Healthy Workplace Month Tips

The first two weeks are now behind us and we are ready for more. We would like to reveal  our favourite activities for Week 3 and 4.

Healthy Workplace Month

Week 3: Workplace Resiliency 

  • Take Back the Lunch Break: Encourage people to eat a healthy meal away from their desks. Explain the benefits of getting away from your work, eating with friends or going for a quick walk. Often taking a break will make you more creative and productive.
  • List your Work Stressors and How to Accommodate for Each of Them: Knowing your stressors and how to manage them helps you cope and to be prepared for future challenges. You will already know what to do, and that takes away a good bit of the stress.
  • Start a Checklist of Good Work: How much water do you drink? How often do you stretch? How often do you break and change your focus? How frequently do you take a proper lunch break? Check your list for a week and make gradual changes if required.
  • Meet a Friend for Lunch: Spend time catching up. Even better, organize a reunion of several friends. Determine a time for the next get-together before everyone leaves.
  • Caffeine-Free Week: Go caffeine-free during meetings for one week. Ask people to bring water or healthy juices instead of caffeinated beverages.

Week 4: Workplace Safety 

  • Improve Sleep Habits: Seek a program or information that covers the importance of getting sufficient sleep at night and how to improve sleep habits.
  • Make Ergonomic Adjustments: Check that your chair is adjusted properly for you. Are the components of your computer at the proper height and location? Where’s the ideal place for the telephone? Are there piles of paper or equipment that might create an awkward position or make you reach further than necessary?
  • CPR/First Aid Course: Help employees who want to learn CPR and first aid by offering a course onsite at your workplace. Been doing this on an annual basis for many years – our next session is scheduled for the end of October! If you are looking to conduct a course for your workplace, give us a call.
  • Schedule Pandemic Planning: Plan for the worst and be prepared! Create a team that investigates the needs of your organization in case of a pandemic.  Been there, done that. Contact us if you need help!

If these tips helped you achieve a healthier state at your workplace, keep it up!

Thanks to Great-West Life for organizing this month and all of the ideas for healthy living. If you’d like more information about Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, visit: http://healthyworkplacemonth.ca/en/