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!

2 Responses to “Xenon staff to get a (fit)bit fitter”

  1. David Morris says:

    Providing free FitBits to all our staff, to maintain physical and emotional wellbeing, integrates perfectly with our cultural philosophy of looking after our people as well as we can, so as to enable our staff to look after our customers as well as they can.

    It sits alongside our HR strategy of allowing our staff to take as much paid leave as they wish – so long as the business is not disadvantaged in doing so. The ability to take leave, for as long and whenever there is a personal need, avoids the “I really must take leave next week otherwise i will lose it” mentality seen in less fortunate companies. Knowing that it is easy to take an hour off to take the pooch to the vet, have one’s hair done or have the boiler repaired, without any feeling of untoward or implied criticism from line management, really does make working at Xenon a dream come true – and we are expanding as a direct result of this philosophy.

    Of course, there is method in our madness. We enjoy an exceptionally well motivated workforce who would do everything they can to ensure the customers are well looked after and the business prospers. It takes around 6 times as much time and resources to recruit the right person as it does to keep the right person. Having a very low attrition rate of staff gives an exceptional return on our investment.

    But the biggest benefit is being surrounded by a highly motived and exceptionally talented team. Go Team Xenon!!

  2. Sue Morris says:

    As a Registered Nurse as well as a Teacher, I understand the need to keep healthy and fit. Following on from the excellent BIFM Rising FMs session on Wellness in the Workplace, I was fully in support of the decision to invest in FitBits for all our staff. I am amazed at how motivational they are in terms of keeping fit – that strive to complete 10000 steps every day means that our staff go for regular walks away from the desk, a practice that has been shown to increase productivity.

    It has also increased the motivation to work – we value our staff and are happy to invest in them. This policy goes further than just a FitBit, of course. As mentioned above, unlimited holidays is one bonus, an enhanced pension scheme another. And of course, being a training organisation, investing in our staff’s professional development is seen as critical.

    A good company to work for? We certainly think so. Investing in our staff ensures that they will invest in our clients and provide the service we are justifiably proud of.

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