When employees of Mesa-based Pyramid Technologies heard of the inaugural Arizona Walking Challenge facilitated by Terryberry, they thought it would be a fun and interesting competition to join.
Terryberry, an employee recognition company, designed the Arizona Walking Challenge to spur greater attention to wellness in the workplace. Participating organizations ranged from banks and construction companies to insurance agencies and nonprofits such as Make-a-Wish America and the city of Sierra Vista. Thirty-four companies from across the state participated in the challenge.
Pyramid Technologies, a manufacturer of bill validators and thermal printers for payment applications, was awarded the Top Company Stepper award with an average of 73,803 steps per person, per week. Eight of Pyramid’s 30 employees participated in the challenge.
“We heard about the challenge through another participant and it seemed like a fun, interesting competition to be involved in,” said Adam Eberling, Pyramid Technologies controller. “There’s obviously health benefits and it was the friendly spirit of competition amongst co-workers.”
The business-to-business competition was a six-week challenge held October 1 through November 11. The 34 companies stepped up with nearly 500 million steps with participants walking an average of 41,491 steps each week.
As an incentive, Pyramid offered its top stepper a gift card halfway through the challenge and then another at the end of the competition. Terryberry sent out email updates and published results weekly so participants could see where they stood in the challenge.
Pyramid’s employees walked during lunch, after work and to pick kids up from school, said Kerrie Nollette, Pyramid’s director of engineering. Nollette’s team even had one-on-one meetings while walking to get their steps in. An avid fit bit user, Nollette said she also saw her friends outside of work encourage her and help step up to the challenge.
Each Pyramid employee was challenged to do at least 10,000 steps per day. “We had a couple of employees who were great overachievers,” Nollette joked. One employee, Andrew Collins, averaged 109,000 steps each week. The most surprising thing that came out of the challenge? “It was probably Andy’s competitiveness,” Eberling said. “The number of steps he was able to do. I didn’t think he had that in him.”
Pyramid employees are already looking forward to taking part in the challenge again next year and have been brainstorming ideas to increase involvement and participation in their company. “We all really enjoyed it,” Eberling said. “It’s a good sense of community and a good sense of camaraderie around the office.”