Here at BlueChip, the June Challenge, “Connect 40” was about having 40 meaningful conversations and encouraging one on one relationships. A great place to interact with people you may not always make time to do so, is at work! Creating “Fresh Fruit Friday” to enhance the challenge was intended to create a healthy, engaging workplace break to gather employees and foster relationships. We had the opportunity to check in with Zach Morin, Sales Engineer and Health Champion of Fiberoptics Technology, Inc in Pomfret, CT to hear about their successes.
BC: Was Fresh Fruit Friday the first time your organization did a planned group break time?
Z: Fresh Fruit Friday was not the first planned group break activity. When we did our Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 4th, we coordinated break time walks. This was one of the first activities that actually stuck and got more than a few people together at a time!
BC: In keeping with this month’s Connect 40 Challenge, did the activity bring employees together in a way that encouraged conversation and bonding?
Z: Yes, people who may normally have just went straight for their car at break time were involved and engaging people in the break room instead…even if it was for a short time while they were getting fruit, it was an interaction that might not otherwise have existed.
BC: What do you think were the main positive effects from having an activity like this?
Z: Having a healthy alternative at break time that was already there and available created a seamless and easy way to gather employees. I would also say the interaction … it was positive and a great way to break up the work day. When promoted well, it gives people something to look forward to and enjoy.
Each month, BlueChip provides personal and group challenges that foster workplace wellness and help encourage healthy habits and a healthy work environment.