Contractor embarks on 100-day fitness challenge

GRAHAM is helping its staff get fit for summer after launching a ‘100 Day Challenge’ initiative.

Introduced as part of the company’s health and wellbeing strategy, the challenge requires participants to be physically active for at least 10 minutes every day.

Michael Smyth, GRAHAM’s HR director explained, “Good wellbeing is good business and our commitment to driving excellence in people management led to GRAHAM embarking on a new approach to employee wellbeing. In response to staff feedback, GRAHAM started to implement a quarterly focus on a single wellbeing topic to support our people live a healthier life.

“In Quarter 1 of this year, we focused on ‘Eat well’ and nutrition, in Quarter 2 it’s ‘Get fit for summer’ and exercise, in Quarter 3 it will be ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ and fighting illness and then in Quarter 4, ‘Healthy minds’ and mental health.”

GRAHAM employees working on its Scottish projects will work in teams of six, tracking their activities using the Strava mobile app and website. They earn one point for every ten minutes of activity, gaining up to a maximum of six points per day.

Mr Smyth added, “We recognise that staff having the right skills, behaviours and physical and mental wellbeing will support them to flourish in all aspects of their lives, whilst delivering real results for the business in terms of engagement, retention and productivity.

“To help us get our health and wellbeing provision right, we have sought expert advice from Support to Perform, which provide solutions to help optimise the health and wellbeing of your workforce to enhance engagement and maximise productivity.”

Dr Jonathan Bloomfield, director of Support to Perform commented, “We have designed a brand new corporate health challenge for GRAHAM, encouraging staff to log a wide variety of exercise activities in order to score points. Part of this unique design was to be wholly inclusive of all fitness abilities and interests within GRAHAM and to keep things competitive and fun too.”