Xenon staff to get a (fit)bit fitter
As an FM training provider, it’s essential that we keep up to date with the latest developments in the workplace and the issue of staff wellbeing is one of the hottest trends at the moment. Inspired by a recent BIFM Rising FMs event covering Wellness in the Workplace (see this article and take a look at the related white paper from CBRE), we’ve gone out and bought FitBits for all our staff to help promote activity both during and outside of working hours. Great news for our staff, who all now have new toys to play with, but why exactly did we do it?
The answer, as it turns out, is simple. The idea was mooted as a way to simultaneously solve an impending problem as well as improve the motivation and productivity of our staff. Having recently taken the decision to move out of our permanent office and adopt a 100% home-working model, we wanted to find ways to make sure we didn’t lose the fantastic sense of camaraderie and team spirit that we’ve developed over the years.
The need for having a centralised place of work is something that is constantly being debated, but whichever side of the argument you fall on it’s hard to deny that one of the key benefits of having an office is the opportunity it provides for staff to interact, socialise and bond on a personal level. We needed a way to maintain that benefit once we’d moved out of the office.
Enter the Xenon FitBit challenge! Now all of our people have wearable fitness trackers and we’ll be setting regular challenges to promote a bit of healthy competition and give everyone something to talk about beyond pure business. And as an added benefit, we’ve provided an incentive for staff to keep active and improve their health and wellbeing – and as the evidence from the CBRE white paper suggests, healthy staff are more productive staff, so it’s win-win for everyone.
Of course, it’s too early to tell how successful this scheme will prove to be, but we’ll be keeping an eye on how it goes and we’ll report back in a few months. In the meantime, we’d love to know what innovative ideas you are using to improve and maintain team spirit and to look after the health and wellbeing of your people. Feel free to leave a comment below!