So…what’s a Whole Person Challenge?

When you interview for a job at Bandwidth, you’ll probably hear about our fitness culture and how we take 90 minutes ‘off’ over lunch (no questions asked) if we participate in some form of physical activity. Still, lots of people are shocked on that first Monday they start working here, and the office is a literal ghost town come 12pm. That’s when it all becomes real—we don’t mess around with our workout time and our leadership team is rooting for us to be healthy.

But exercise is just one part of our fitness journey, and over the years we’ve developed an engaging and fun way to help all of our team members commit to constant improvement of their whole selves—body, mind and spirit. Our video series looks at the evolution of Bandwidth’s Whole Person Challenges—how we began embracing a culture of being active and working out together during lunch and channeled that into a whole person improvement experience. And just like everything else we do at Bandwidth, our employees have grabbed these challenges by the horns and won (many times, but not always—we’ve still got work to do). Check it out.

   
History of Whole Person Challenge Part 1: How it Began

Bandwidth’s Whole Person Challenge started in 2010 with opportunities to be a part of the Race Across America Challenge where Bandwidth teammates in the office went up against a 4 man cycling crew. From this initial event, the Whole Person Challenge was born.

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History of Bandwidth Challenges Part 2: The Workout Challenges

Between 2012 and 2013, Bandwidth held two more cycling challenges. From those, we learned how important it is for us to involve everyone in the challenges—the whole company, all together. That’s when the challenges really picked up speed.
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History of Bandwidth Challenges Part 3: The Whole Person

The concept of the Whole Person Challenge launched and focused not just on working out, but with components focused on the body, mind, and spirit. Each challenge had its own theme and required a workout challenge. Too, each also had a mind component, such as reading a book, and a challenge aimed to improve your spirit—everything from organizing your home, to learning something new, to joining a political party or going to a baseball game.

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