UWindsor Staff and Faculty Encouraged to Stay Fit, Stay Social
UWindsor staff and faculty are being challenged to add more physical activity and social interaction with their colleagues while they are working from home.
The Let’s Get Moving Virtual Team Challenge runs through May 8 and encourages teams to participate in virtual “climbs” of well-known buildings and mountains. Each 10 minutes of activity will be credited as a two-metre contribution to the team total: walking, dancing, working out, household chores, and more will all count.
“Physical activity can significantly improve our health, strengthening muscles and bones, improving our blood circulation — even boosting the immune system,” – Marcela Ciampa, director of organizational development and training in the Department of Human Resources
“Being active can also improve mental health and wellbeing, it can uplift your mood making you feel happier and can help you manage anxiety, depression and stress.”
Prizes will be awarded for most creative team name and highest per capita climb, as well as random weekly draws for submitting tracking sheets. Suggested targets range from Big Ben and the CN Tower to Mount Everest.
More details are available on the competition website.
UWindsor’s HR department is also encouraging staff and faculty to continue casual “hallway talk” to help to destress the day and remind colleagues of their connections through its “Virtual Connections” website for UWindsor staff and faculty.
Vincent Georgie, Director of the School of Creative Arts, is encouraging his UWindsor colleagues to use the opportunity to continue to build collaborative relationships and maintain a caring work culture.
“As we’re all adjusting to working at home or different alternative spaces, one thing that we’re losing in our daily lives is the great connectivity, the friendship that we have with our colleagues,” he says. “How do we build in that social component that we’re looking for?”