Workplaces gear up for challenge
A team of Palmerston North professionals will mark motivation in their diaries to kick off Sport Manawatu's BNZ Workplace Challenge.
Two teams of office-bound executives from Cooper Rapley Lawyers are gearing up to participate in the November challenge, which involves them competing against other businesses to be the "Most Active Workplace".
The annual challenge encourages teams of five to record the amount of time they are active each day to compete for awards and prizes.
Solicitor Ashley Muir said motivation came with knowing his colleagues were doing the activities too, "and it was all a bit of fun".
"It's easy to be active if it's part of a team and there are others that do it too," he said. "We have the sheet up in the staffroom so everyone can do it and see it, so it's a bit of shame if you get a zero."
Two teams from Cooper Rapley are among 40 registered for the annual event, which has been running since 2008. It will be trust account administrator Sinead Senior's third year doing the challenge with Cooper Rapley.
"It has pushed me quite a lot and I do like the range - being able to do different things," she said. "Each year it's a goal for me to increase on last year's totals."
Sport Manawatu events assistant Estelle Speirs said the challenge highlighted the importance of being active and teambuilding. "For workplaces, the challenge is a great way to increase productivity - it builds a good team environment doing sport together. Having an active workplace can help to reduce stress and sickness, and encourage a positive atmosphere."
Visit sportmanawatu.org.nz for more information.
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