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Let’s VP GO to Tokyo!

May 10, 2021 / Employee Engagement

Written By: Jordan Dunne

Since COVID-19 arrived, many of us haven’t seen much beyond the four walls of our homes, apartments, or workplacesIt’s probably fair to say that many are ready for an escape. 

Join us as we get ready to GO to Tokyo! The best part? No passports (or air travel) are required. 

Part of Virgin Pulse’s Homebase for Health® ecosystem, VP GO was purposely designed to help organizations re-establish a positive employee experience through social connections, teamwork, and healthy behaviors. Much like our popular Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, the VP GO Tokyo 2021 Destination Challenge will take your workforce on a virtual journey across the globe. Over the course of nine weeks, the members of your organization will team up with a small group of coworkers, racking up steps, engaging in content and habits that support holistic wellbeing, and bonding with their colleagues. Upon arrival in Tokyo, they’ll have rediscovered their connection with their teammates, your organization, and their personal wellbeing goals.  

Our VP GO Tokyo 2021 Destination Challenge is a fun, simple way to unite and support your dispersed workforce: 

Boosts Organizational Culture 

The pandemic has been hard on your employees, with unprecedented levels of anxiety, change, and isolation taking a massive toll on their mental, social, physical, and financial healthThe rapid shift to remote work has made it difficult for your populations to form bonds with their coworkers and maintain existing workplace friendships. 

Why should organizations be concerned about the lack of non-work-related social interactions amongst their employees? Although it may seem counterintuitive, having a friend in the workplace improves productivity and overall wellbeingVP GO enables employees to communicate seamlessly within the platform, encouraging teammates to keep up the great work or engaging in friendly banter with rivals, all while keeping track of their healthy habits. It’s a win-win. 

It gave us a way to keep the culture preserved during a time when it easily could have been negatively affected by the pandemic. – Steve Sost, Vice President of Internal Communications, Amneal Pharmaceuticals 

Supports Holistic Wellbeing 

Wellbeing is about so much more than physical health—it’s a whole-person approach to addressing the full scope of employee health and wellness. Accessed through our unified, mobile-first Homebase for Health™ ecosystem, VP GO combines daily wellbeing content, gamification, and personalization to equip your employees with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to build new healthy habits.  

Throughout the nine-week Tokyo 2021 Destination Challenge, teams will have access to holistic wellbeing tips, tools, and expert advice on an extensive area of topics, including physical health, mental wellbeing, nutrition, sleep, financial wellbeing, condition management, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. These daily interactions with wellbeing-focused content and peer motivation from their teammates build confidence, inspiring employees to gradually adopt new healthy behaviors that lead to long-term results, both for themselves and for your business.  

Improves Mental Health and Builds Resilience 

Mental health is a major concern for organizations, with 8 in 10 employees reporting that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental wellbeing and 9 in 10 employers feeling unprepared to handle the oncoming mental health crisis. Social distancing has left many employees feeling isolated and lonelyboth of which are associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression. Employees are seeking meaningful social interactions, and a team-based challenge offers just that—an opportunity to connect with their colleagues outside of the workday, which ultimately leads to improved motivation, collaboration, and wellbeing at work.  

Beyond re-establishing social connections, business leaders are looking for ways to effectively support the mental and emotional health of their diverse and dispersed workforces, especially those who feel uncomfortable seeking professional help. With customizable wellbeing challenges, employers can elect to focus on mental health, mindfulness, and resilience throughout the nine-week trek to Tokyo, helping to normalize and destigmatize mental illness in the workplace. 

Let’s GO! 

It’s incredible how a virtual trip around the world boosts employee wellbeing and supports your organization’s bottom line. Through its wealth of social features, holistic wellbeing content, and integration within our Homebase for Health® ecosystemVP GO makes it easy to unify and support the physical, mental, social, and financial health of your dispersed workforceAnd when your people feel their best, they also perform at their best. In fact, 3 in 4 Virgin Pulse members report a boost in their productivity at work. So, let’s lace up those sneakers and start making our way to Tokyo!   

About The Author

Jordan Dunne is a copywriter and editor on the marketing team at Virgin Pulse, focusing on social strategy and health and wellbeing content. Outside of work, you can find her at the gym, hosting trivia, taking photos of food, or snuggling up on the couch with her dogs.

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