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Are sports-related bene­fits enough for the well-being of your employ­ees?

Are sports-related bene­fits enough for the well-being of your employ­ees?

Anna Orecka Anna Orecka

Spoil¬≠er alert: no ūüėä But they def¬≠in¬≠itely make up a good basis for it. Have a look how we do it in our organ¬≠iz¬≠a¬≠tion via #Codelab4Fit pro¬≠gramme.

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 chosen by the employ¬≠ees them¬≠selves, via a poll. We all like demo¬≠cracy, don‚Äôt we? ūüėä The rules for the pro¬≠gramme were very simple. We have a giv¬≠en budget for fund¬≠ing sports com¬≠pet¬≠i¬≠tion fees for our employ¬≠ees. The only oblig¬≠a¬≠tion at their side is to start in our branded tech¬≠nic¬≠al attire and send us some pho¬≠tos after¬≠wards. We also encour¬≠aged to use #Codelab4Fit in social media. In addi¬≠tion to this, we made monthly chal¬≠lenges using one of com¬≠monly used train¬≠ing plat¬≠forms. That was basic¬≠ally it.

Out­come?

My favour¬≠ite story is when one of our employ¬≠ee refused to quit our com¬≠pany because the oth¬≠er didn‚Äôt have a sports pro¬≠gramme ūüėä But for all those who say: ‚Äėdon‚Äôt embar¬≠rass your¬≠self, that is an anec¬≠dot¬≠al evid¬≠ence‚Äô ‚ÄĒ have a look at broad¬≠er stat¬≠ist¬≠ics.

In 2019 we had 56 bene¬≠fi¬≠ciar¬≠ies of our pro¬≠gramme. For a two-hun¬≠dred-sth com¬≠pany of engin¬≠eers that is quite a num¬≠ber, don‚Äôt you think? The stat¬≠ist¬≠ics of our chal¬≠lenges said that with¬≠in a year we burnt 3.006.147 Cal¬≠or¬≠ies. That is more or less 390 Kg of lost body fat. We did 48.744 Km which means in a col¬≠lect¬≠ive effort we went around the plan¬≠et at the equat¬≠or and even star¬≠ted a second turn ūüėä

We fin¬≠ished 2019 with a good deal of new ideas for our pro¬≠gramme and then Cov¬≠id-19 happened. But look¬≠ing at stat¬≠ist¬≠ics ‚Äď except for the short peri¬≠od of lock-down phase ‚Äď people exer¬≠cise just like they did a year earli¬≠er, or even more. So it seems that sports works well for their well-being ‚Äď oth¬≠er¬≠wise they would stay home and watch Net¬≠flix ūüėä

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