Members of Team Mintra from around the world are putting their best foot forward this month as part of an initiative focusing on health and wellbeing. Working in teams of five, colleagues are hoping to walk, jog and run their way onto the top of the podium in the Team Mintra May Steps Challenge.
The aim is to take as many steps as possible up until May 31, with the team recording the most steps being rewarded with a health and fitness-themed prize. From the stunning mountains of Norway to the windswept countryside of Aberdeenshire, and from the sunny beaches of Cyprus to the imposing skyscrapers of Dubai, staff have already clocked up hundreds of thousands of steps.
Angela Stewart, group HR director, said the steps challenge was just one way the company was helping its people to stay fit and healthy while they continue to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She explained: “I think it’s fair to say that we’re all moving around a little less since we started working from home. We’re no longer walking or cycling all or part of the way to the office on our daily commute, and we’re not getting up from our desk to go and chat to colleagues.
“The Team Mintra May Steps Challenge is designed to encourage us to be a little bit more active. While walking, jogging and running has obvious benefits for physical health, getting outdoors and getting some daylight has a positive impact on mental health.
“While the purpose of the challenge has been to improve health and wellbeing, it’s also been fantastic to see this turn into a team bonding exercise. Staff have teamed up from our global offices to try and reach the top of the steps table, giving each other encouragement and enjoying some friendly rivalry along the way.
“This fun competition has really ignited their competitive spirit – something that’s typical of Team Mintra members who are always striving to give their absolute best whether it’s for their colleagues or our clients.”
The steps challenge is just one of several wellness initiatives organised by Mintra to ensure staff remain safe and healthy while Covid-19 restrictions mandate the closure of offices. A number of resources are available, including weekly online yoga and stretching classes, and the HR team stage regular one-to-one check-ins to ensure all staff are adequately supported.
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