As for who will take the podium this year, Sitel’s teams have until the end of April to dig out their sneakers, start competing and earn a place on the national and international leaderboards.
More than just a movement dedicated to moving, SitelFit is Sitel Group’s wellness program and digital platform promotes activity, healthy eating to encourage wellbeing and celebrate team spirit.
The platform records distance covered or energy exerted by a number of activities including walking, running, cycling, swimming and working out and ranks individual and team effort in real time. All Sitel associates have to do to start moving towards a podium place is to install a compatible activity tracking app, such as Runtastic, Strava, Garmin, Nike+, Runkeeper, Google Fit, Fitbit, Polar, Tomtom, Suunto, Decathkin Coach or Health Mate and connect it to their smartphone, smartwatch or fitness bracelet which will sync their data with the platform. We made certain that every step taken counts because SitelFit is open to all – dedicated triathletes, weekend warriors and walkers alike.
On the first day of each month, all counters are reset giving everyone another chance to challenge themselves and their teams again to try and clinch a podium finish.
SitelFit is the answer to the question: what unites 75,000 employees spread across 25 countries who collectively speak 48 different languages? Sport is a universal language and an activity open to all. It transcends everything from culture to time zones. As such it was our motivation behind partnering with United Heroes to build the platform in 2018.
And when it officially went live on May 1, 2018, the results took our breath away. Over 9,000 people took part in the inaugural challenge – to clock up a collective 75,000km (the distance between each of our offices around the globe if they were linked by road). But rather than simply hit the target, the competitive spirit took hold and when the finish line was crossed on May 31, our teams from around the world had achieved a collective 515,430 km – that’s 12.9 laps of the globe. Just as importantly, SitelFit achieved an employee satisfaction rating of 4.5 out of 5.
So, how do you build on this success? By launching two challenges – one individual and one collective. Between March 1 and April 30, we’re challenging our teams in EMEA, the Americas and APAC regions to earn a collective 4 million points through running, walking, swimming, cycling, working out at the gym or even skiing. While for individuals there is a weekly 100-point badge to win for trying and succeeding at a different sporting discipline.
This time around we’ll reward individual achievement with prize draws and other treats but, just like the best athletes, we’ll be paying attention to the other half of the performance equation – diet.
Alongside encouragement to hit personal and collective targets, we are supporting our teams around the world with an educational program focused on food. Understanding how to prepare healthy meals, how to produce less waste when cooking, knowing the nutritional values of different foods and how to choose fruit and vegetables that are in season and in abundance.
As well as teaching sessions and workshops, we are also working with our Procurement teams to make a concerted effort to provide healthier food options at our sites and contact centers around the globe – in their vending machines, cafes, etc.
According to the World Health Organization, 10,000 steps a day is enough to counter the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and have a positive impact on your health. So between now and the end of April we are encouraging everyone at Sitel to put their best foot forward and take things one step at a time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus a stop earlier or take a walk after lunch, or if you really catch the SitelFit bug, sign up to a half marathon. Just remember that the longest journey starts with a single step and, with summer just around the corner it could just be the perfect opportunity to get working on that beach body.