The PAI Health team were looking for a new challenge to motivate employees around the world to get active together. With many of us hitting 7+ months of working remotely / at-home due to COVID-19, we needed away to virtually connect and socialize while encouraging healthy lifestyle changes.
Over 4 weeks in November, we launched the “Try Something New Challenge”. Staff were given a budget to spend on a new activity such as a home workout app, online personal trainer sessions, or fitness equipment. They were then encouraged to share what they were trying, giving each other ideas for unique ways to stay active.
Staff were randomly assigned into 5 teams with the goal of maintaining an average PAI Score of 100 each week. This was particularly important during COVID-19 lockdowns when everyone was more isolated.
An online leaderboard was provided as extra motivation for friendly competition amongst the teams.
There were also weekly challenges including accumulating at least 30km of cycling and/or running, learning an online dance routine, and trying a brand-new activity. Staff had to submit proof of completing the challenges such as videos and pictures, generating fun interaction between everyone.
At the end of the 4 weeks, staff were asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on the experience. The program was rated a 4.2/5 for overall enjoyment
The majority of the PAI Health staff that participated really enjoyed the variety of the weekly challenges, and liked that they got to interact with team members that they wouldn’t necessarily speak with on a day to day basis.
“I enjoyed talking with people outside my usual team to plan and coordinate challenges. It was also great to be using the PAI Health app so regularly and watch my PAI Score improve and feel the way it can motivate me. “
“Provided some fun engagement, especially during covid times...Helped break some of the normal/repetitive WFH routines each week.”
“I loved the creativity of the weekly challenges and people working as a team to be creative with their execution! Nice to interact with other staff that we don't connect with otherwise day-to-day. “
“I enjoyed talking with people outside my usual team to coordinate challenges. It was great to be using the PAI Health app more, and to see my PAI Score improve and feel motivated. “
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