Staff at a digital design agency have been clocking up the miles as part of a company-wide challenge which will see them walk around the world without leaving the country
Fifteen Design, based in Ilkeston, has equipped all of its 22 staff with a Fitbit tracker to measure their steps over 15 months, with the aim being that all of the miles combined will be the equivalent of walking around the world.
Fifteen, which recently achieved a Green Investors in Environment award, hope that the trackers will have a positive impact on employees’ health and lifestyles, as well as promoting a bit of healthy competition.
Directors hope that setting a goal that stretches across all seven continents will give employees a long-term focus for their new active lifestyle.
Managing director, Ollie Piddubriwnyj, said: “At Fifteen our employees’ wellbeing is essential. We want to create a fun environment to work in, whilst encouraging staff to be as active as they can be. It’s brought a lot of fun into the office and you can already see the positive impact it has on the productivity and morale of everyone.”
Ollie himself is no stranger to walking challenges – last year he climbed Snowdon to help raise £1,000 of valuable funds for one of Fifteen’s clients, the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal.
The challenge will be made easier by Fifteen’s active culture. Socials have been arranged around the Fitbitchallenge – with group tennis, football, basketball and badminton matches; plus a monthly eight-mile weekend walk.
Fifteen is hoping that the culture continues even as the team expands. Currently the company employs 22 staff members, and is looking to take on a further five before the end of the year– all of who will receive their own personal Fitbit.
The Fifteeners also have a regular chance to push their steps every Thursday at the company’s run-club.
To further encourage employees to clock up steps, the agency has introduced a friendly rivalry into the challenge, pitting departments against each other and crowning an individual hot-stepper on the website each week.
Those interested can keep up-to-date with their progress on Fifteen’s website – and watch out on their social media pages as the team strive to tick off some famous landmarks on their journey.
Fifteen website: http://www.fifteendesign.co.uk/
FifteenFitbit tracker site: http://www.fifteendesign.co.uk/the-fifteen-fitbit-challenge