Staff from every RSK office, UK and international, form teams of five and clock up as many steps as possible across a four-week period. It is always the talk of our offices and teams are highly competitive. The challenge is also a great way to encourage people to mingle outside of the office, to be active and to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.
The first event was held in 2015 and coincided with Healthy Heart Month, a British Heart Foundation initiative that raised awareness of cardiovascular health and encouraged everyone across the UK to exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. As a global company, we totalled an impressive 62 million steps. The challenge proved so popular that a second one was held in 2016. Again, we rose to the occasion and smashed our record with an astounding 89 million steps. In 2018, we outdid all previous efforts and finished on a staggering 134 million steps.
The fourth challenge took place in May 2019 and our combined efforts made it a roaring success. This year, 143 teams signed up to take part and throughout the four-week period employees clocked up an excellent 223 million steps, the most ever achieved! Prizes went to the top-stepping individual and team, the most-improved individual, the most improved team, the best team photo, the best team name and the top-stepping office.
“The Pedometer Challenge is such a fun and worthwhile challenge that gets employees talking to one another with a shared common interest,” said Zoe Brunswick, RSK human resources director and leader of RSK’s health and wellbeing initiative. “Aside from physical wellbeing, walking can also improve many elements of general wellbeing, such as social, emotional and mental. So, by participating in the challenge, employees could be improving their mental health too, which is another strong focus of our health and wellbeing initiatives.”
Now a landmark event in the RSK calendar, the Pedometer Challenge brings our company together, increases exercise levels and reinforces that, no matter which part of the company employees are in or in which country they work, ultimately, we are one team. This is really important for a rapidly expanding business.
“For me, it’s not about how much money you spend on health and wellbeing that makes a difference, it’s about impact,” Zoe adds. “When you hear employees talking in the kitchen over a coffee about health and wellbeing initiatives, you know it has hit the mark.”