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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

Spo¬≠iler 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¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion 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 employ¬≠ees them¬≠se¬≠lves, via a poll. We all like demo¬≠cra¬≠cy, don‚Äôt we? ūüėä The rules for the pro¬≠gram¬≠me were very sim¬≠ple. We have a given bud¬≠get for fun¬≠ding sports com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠tion fees for our employ¬≠ees. The only obli¬≠ga¬≠tion at the¬≠ir side is to start in our bran¬≠ded tech¬≠ni¬≠cal atti¬≠re and send us some pho¬≠tos after¬≠wards. We also enco¬≠ura¬≠ged to use #Codelab4Fit in social media. In addi¬≠tion to this, we made mon¬≠th¬≠ly chal¬≠len¬≠ges using one of com¬≠mon¬≠ly used tra¬≠ining plat¬≠forms. That was basi¬≠cal¬≠ly it.

Out­co­me?

My favo¬≠uri¬≠te sto¬≠ry is when one of our employ¬≠ee 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 embar¬≠rass your¬≠self, that is an anec¬≠do¬≠tal evi¬≠den¬≠ce‚Äô ‚ÄĒ have a look at bro¬≠ader statistics.

In 2019 we had 56 bene¬≠fi¬≠cia¬≠ries of our pro¬≠gram¬≠me. For a two-hun¬≠dred-sth com¬≠pa¬≠ny of engi¬≠ne¬≠ers that is quite a num¬≠ber, don‚Äôt you think? The sta¬≠ti¬≠stics of our chal¬≠len¬≠ges said that within 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 col¬≠lec¬≠ti¬≠ve effort we went aro¬≠und the pla¬≠net at the equ¬≠ator and even star¬≠ted a second turn ūüėä

We fini¬≠shed 2019 with a good deal of new ide¬≠as for our pro¬≠gram¬≠me and then Covid-19 hap¬≠pe¬≠ned. But looking at sta¬≠ti¬≠stics ‚Äď except for the short period of lock-down pha¬≠se ‚Äď people exer¬≠ci¬≠se just like they did a year ear¬≠lier, or even more. So it seems that sports works well for the¬≠ir well-being ‚Äď other¬≠wi¬≠se they would stay home and watch Netflix ūüėä