Spoi¬≠ler alert: no ūüėä But they defi¬≠ni¬≠te¬≠ly make up a good basis for it. Have a look how we do it in our orga¬≠niz¬≠a¬≠ti¬≠on via #Codelab4Fit programme.

It is dif­fi­cult to say when the devo­ti­on for sup­por­ting sports acti­vi­ties in Code­lab star­ted. Sin­ce I remem­ber, we’ve had Mul­tis­port (not­hing new, ever­y­bo­dy does). Then our social bene­fit fund com­mit­tee deci­ded to sup­port indi­vi­du­als and groups wan­ting to exer­cise. At some point our employees asked us for fun­ding run­ning relay races. When it tur­ned out we had around 30 peop­le (around 15% of our employees at that time) wan­ting to give it a go in the race (plus apart from run­ners, the­re was a good deal of bikers, swim­mers and other sports geeks), we deci­ded phy­si­cal acti­vi­ty is worth supporting.

And this is when #Codelab4Fit star¬≠ted. The name was cho¬≠sen by the employees them¬≠sel¬≠ves, via a poll. We all like demo¬≠cra¬≠cy, don‚Äôt we? ūüėä The rules for the pro¬≠gram¬≠me were very simp¬≠le. We have a given bud¬≠get for fun¬≠ding sports com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠ti¬≠on fees for our employees. The only obli¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠on at their side is to start in our bran¬≠ded tech¬≠ni¬≠cal atti¬≠re and send us some pho¬≠tos after¬≠wards. We also encou¬≠ra¬≠ged to use #Codelab4Fit in social media. In addi¬≠ti¬≠on to this, we made mon¬≠th¬≠ly chal¬≠len¬≠ges using one of com¬≠mon¬≠ly used trai¬≠ning plat¬≠forms. That was basi¬≠cal¬≠ly it.

Out­co­me?

My favou¬≠rite sto¬≠ry is when one of our employee refu¬≠sed to quit our com¬≠pa¬≠ny becau¬≠se the other didn‚Äôt have a sports pro¬≠gram¬≠me ūüėä But for all tho¬≠se who say: ‚Äėdon‚Äôt embarr¬≠ass yourself, that is an anec¬≠do¬≠tal evi¬≠dence‚Äô ‚Äď have a look at broa¬≠der statistics.

In 2019 we had 56 bene¬≠fi¬≠cia¬≠ries of our pro¬≠gram¬≠me. For a two-hund¬≠red-sth com¬≠pa¬≠ny of engi¬≠neers that is qui¬≠te a num¬≠ber, don‚Äôt you think? The sta¬≠tis¬≠tics of our chal¬≠len¬≠ges said that wit¬≠hin a year we burnt 3.006.147 Calo¬≠ries. That is more or less 390 Kg of lost body fat. We did 48.744 Km which means in a collec¬≠ti¬≠ve effort we went around the pla¬≠net at the equa¬≠tor and even star¬≠ted a second turn ūüėä

We finis¬≠hed 2019 with a good deal of new ide¬≠as for our pro¬≠gram¬≠me and then Covid-19 hap¬≠pen¬≠ed. But loo¬≠king at sta¬≠tis¬≠tics ‚Äď except for the short peri¬≠od of lock-down pha¬≠se ‚Äď peop¬≠le exer¬≠cise just like they did a year ear¬≠lier, or even more. So it seems that sports works well for their well-being ‚Äď other¬≠wi¬≠se they would stay home and watch Netflix ūüėä