Furnley House staff set to walk 12,000 km

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February 03, 2021 - Stefan Fura

We’re really pleased to announce that we have started a new virtual team step challenge as part of our evolving staff wellbeing programme. Having been recently crowned Employer of the Year and Professional Services Provider of the year at the 2020 Niche Business Awards, we have continued our commitment to staff well-being into 2021.

The latest initiative sees all Furnley House staff aiming to collectively cover the 12,047 kilometres between our head office at 340 Melton Road and our Support Services Office in Chennai, India, via a seven week step challenge. 

This follows on from the successful completion of our Leicester to Las Vegas Step Challenge in late 2020, where  17.7 million steps were collectively taken bringing a myriad of physical and mental health benefits. To help us reach this ambitious target we will be joined by our colleagues at Asset Intelligence Research and sister company, Asset Intelligence Portfolio Management.

Since the initial lockdown in March last year, we have put in place a number of initiatives to support staff wellbeing, including:

  • Weekly seminars with renowned health expert Dr. Dorian Dugmore covering diet, exercise and cardio health.
  • Regular pilates and boxercise classes held over Zoom.
  • Cookery classes, over Zoom, with celebrity chef Kwoklyn Wan, focusing on healthy eating at home.

Walking the distance to our office in Chennai highlights that although we have a team halfway round the world, the distance doesn’t matter and they are an important part of our growing business.

We’ve always taken the wellbeing of our team really seriously but, since the beginning of the Covid pandemic we have felt an even greater responsibility to help our team look after both their physical and mental health, in the UK and around the world. All our staff are currently working from home, something that can really take its toll after a while. We want to make sure they stay well, motivated and, most importantly, continue to feel part of our growing family. Having another challenge to complete as a team helps pull all that together.

The challenges and sessions set by the company have really helped staff keep going during lockdown and, we believe, is part of the reason that we’re doing well. Even with families to look after, the feelings of isolation and separation caused by lockdown have been real and sometimes very demoralising. Staff feel taken care of, valued and we have things to focus on and look forward to. Furnley House, even when we can’t go to the office, is a great place to work.

In addition to this, we plan to launch a Cycle-to-Work scheme this month and, in recognition that Covid restrictions may continue for the foreseeable future, as of Wednesday 10th February, we will shortly begin offering free, online, weekly yoga and pilates sessions to our clients and community.

There’s never been a more important time to keep fit and look after our mental and physical health. We’ve always talked about building a family and a community rather than just a business and Covid has required us to “step up” and walk that talk. Offering our well-being programme to our clients and customers seems the natural and right thing to do.

Weekly progress on the “Chennai Challenge” will be posted on our social media feeds and our website on this page: Walk to Chennai.