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.

GCC Report

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!  

 

October is…Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

While some people (okay, the majority of people) are already planning Halloween events, here at Iridia we are planning to celebrate Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month throughout the month of October.

These days it’s as though there is a theme day or month for everything – National Puppy Day (Mar 23), National Hot Dog Month (July), Bubble wrap Appreciation Day (Jan 31) and so on. There are fun months and there are also important ones like Healthy Workplace Month that promote awareness and taking action.

healthy workplace month

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

This month at Iridia, we are aligning ourselves with the goals of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month by improving and building upon healthy lifestyle practices, workplace culture, occupational health and safety here in the office.

While we’ve already taken a number of steps to encourage healthy living such as providing fresh fruit to snack on, enacting a Fitness program and taking weekly brainstorming walks, there is always room to try new things.

As a company providing many services in the realm of healthcare, this is a great opportunity to ensure staff are living healthy and rewarding lifestyles at work and home.

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month website provides a number of excellent resources to get started on healthy living at work. Each week of October has its own theme and focuses on a different aspect of workplace health.

 Accompanying each week are suggested activities to help you channel your inner healthy-working self.

workplace health

We’ve chosen a number of these 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. For starters, we are  revealing our activities for Weeks 1 and 2 so keep posted for our favourite activities for Week 3 and 4!

Week 1: Mental Health 

  • Compliment a Colleague: Co-workers feel great when they’re recognized for a job well done. And you’ll feel great about making them feel good
  • Play a game with co-workers: Play a game during your lunch break to exercise your mind
  • No-screen Night: Turn off the television, video games, computers, smartphones and iPods. Read a book or go for a walk with a family member, friend or neighbour.
  • Prioritize Your Resources: Priorities are always changing. Sometimes you may need to put personal and family needs first. At other times, work may take a front seat.
  • Assess Your Accomplishment: Ask yourself, “What felt meaningful today?” Feeling pride in accomplishments can make you feel happier.

Week 2: Workplace Culture 

  • 5-Minute Desk Clean Up: Take five minutes to clean up the clutter around your workstation 
  • Massage Days: Run a program that offers relaxing in-chair massages. (Already have a massage therapist come in bi-weekly!)
  • Workplace Walks: Walking and talking is a healthy pleasure on many levels and can be done all year long. (Just implemented a weekly walking and brainstorming group!)
  • Desk Stretches for a Week: Practise workstation stretching each day. Focus on performing them regularly and completely so you have more energy at the end of the day.
  • Lend Your Skills: Donate your skills to a charitable project that demonstrates community care and good corporate citizenship.

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/