Workers from around the world will today (May 23) begin a 16-week challenge to improve their health and lifestyle habits.
The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is now in its tenth year and will see 260,000 employees from more than 1,300 organisations located in 110 countries taking part.
The challenge involves a little friendly competition between co-workers and other organisations to step-up their daily activity levels. Its goal is to help workers improve their health and lifestyle habits, which will, in turn, create a healthier and more competitive workforce.
Participating employees are provided with two GCC pulses (state-of-the-art 3D accelerometers) through which they are able to keep track of how active they are being each and every day.
This information is then recorded on mobile apps or the GCC website, so participants from around the world can size up the competition.
Since 2003, the GCC – which originated in Melbourne – has grown exponentially, and now includes some of the world's largest organisations. It was created to combat high-priority health problems that were, and still are, impairing business performance, such as obesity.
The GCC's chief executive officer, Tom Sermon, is pleased with the continuing success of the challenge and the one million people from over 3,400 global organisations that it has made more healthy since its inception.
"When companies around the world commit to taking that first step to help their employees break from the increasingly sedentary habits commonplace in most workplaces, they find productivity, profitability and a culture of collaboration increase across the organisation," he said in a May 23 statement.
Mr Sermon revealed that the global challenge is unique because it not only encourages employees to walk more during the initial 16 weeks that they are competing, but also helps them to find ways they can make long-term changes to unhealthy behaviour patterns.
"Poor lifestyle choices and the increasing business costs of employee ill health, primarily absenteeism, productivity loss and health care, have placed global workforces at the precipice of becoming economically uncompetitive," said Mr Sermon.
If you would like to help your employees stay healthy, you might want to consider organising a business health insurance policy.
HICA can help negotiate, design and manage your company's corporate health insurance plan, as well supply you with a health insurance comparison to make sure you get the fund that best suits your business.