Last Tuesday, June 24th, JP Morgan held its 31st annual Corporate Challenge in Boston. It was the 20th consecutive capacity crowd of 12,000 runners, and 585 companies. The Corporate Challenge registration opened on April 1, and sold out within two days. The Challenge offered a night of great teambuilding and camaraderie, while the runners and walkers enjoyed the 3.5 mile run. Sara Donahue, from Abt Associates, won her second consecutive challenge with a time of 19:21, and Eric Couture of U.S. Bank passed the finish line in 17:01. This is a great example of how we take a break from doing business for a short time and have a little fun and healthy competition.
So here are…
Five Reasons why JP Morgan’s Corporate Challenge Rocks
1. Amazing Networking Opportunities
Many of the runners and walkers stay after to socialize, meet new people and connect with other associate from other businesses. It’s a great opportunity to network and have a little fun.
2. Great Branded Corporate T-Shirts
The race was littered with brightly colored, creative and branded t-shirts and hats. Most if not all companies represented well with their logos and brand.
3. Promotes Healthy Lifestyle
Many companies currently encourage employees to adopt healthy lifestyles and activities. The healthier and happier the associate, the better and more productive they will be. The Corporate Challenge provides another opportunity for companies to engage their employees in thinking about health and fun.
4. Promotes Teamwork throughout the Company
Many Corporate Challenge companies created race day t-shirts for all employees within their companies providing shirts for all, not just racers.
5. Provides a Healthy Goal for Employees
Many of the participating companies look forward to the race for the fallowing year, and set goals based on attending and participating in the race. It gives an opportunity for many companies to engage their employees in a healthy competitive spirit, while motivating them to be healthier.
Employee engagement opportunities like the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge are great examples of how we can motivate and inspire our corporate workforce. It is essential that we get our people out of the office to participate in non-business activities. Taking a break, having some fun and looking good will lead to healthier and happier employees.