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Birmingham Business wins regional #TeamEngland Workplace Challenge

18 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Birmingham-based CrowdControlHQ, has won the title of ‘most active workplace’ in the Sport Birmingham #TeamEngland Commonwealth Games Challenge. Together the team travelled 1,291 miles and saved a total of 40.3 kg of CO2 emissions.

Workplace Challenge has seen unprecedented success since it began in January, with more than 15,740 workers logging over 389,000 hours of activity. CrowdControlHQ, the team behind the UK’s leading social media risk management and compliance platform, finished 14th nationally. James Leavesley, CEO, finished 5th in the individual leaderboard.

When asked about the challenge, he said:

“It is important for a CEO to encourage their team to lead more active lives, both for the benefit of the business and each person’s wellbeing. We encouraged everyone to look at ways to include active travel in their daily commutes and the mood in the office was noticeably more energetic. Our developers have kept active since the challenge ended by regularly walking to work.”

Workplace Challenge is a national initiative, run by the County Sports Partnership Network and funded by Sport England, which aims to get workplaces more engaged in physical activity. Sport Birmingham is one of 34 County Sports Partnerships. Each held their own #TeamEngland Workplace Challenge. Individuals and teams are encouraged to take part in challenges throughout the year and can log their activity in order to compare themselves with others regionally and nationally.

The average employee is estimated to cost their employer £595 a year due to sickness absence. The Office for National Statistics found that 131 million working days were lost due to sickness in the UK in 2013. In partnership with the British Heart Foundation Health At Work team, Workplace Challenge holds training sessions to equip ‘Workplace Challenge Champions’ with the knowledge of how to improve the wellbeing of their organisation’s workforce and educate senior management with the benefits of a healthy, active workforce.

The Chief Medical Office recommend “Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity in bouts of 10 minutes or more”. Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that 74% of participants said they managed their work better on days they exercised compared to non-exercise days. Regular exercise increases mental sharpness and all-round wellbeing.

Following on from their success CrowdControlHQ are planning more adventurous activities, with some of the team training for the Birmingham Half Marathon on October 19.  CEO James has recently completed the Raid Pyrenean, a timed cycling challenge from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, following the Pyrenees in France.