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Hochiki Europe team cycles over 1400 virtual kilometres to Hochiki Italia to celebrate World Wellbeing Week 2023

This week employees based at Hochiki Europe, Gillingham in Kent, have virtually cycled a whopping 1443.96 kilometres to the Hochiki Italia office based in Verona in honour of World Wellbeing Week 2023.

World Wellbeing Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing across all aspects of life. Here at Hochiki, wellbeing in the workplace is always a priority, but this week has provided the opportunity to organise a series of special activities to celebrate and promote wellbeing.


One activity that has caused an enormous amount of buzz around the office has been the challenge of virtually cycling to Hochiki’s Italian office which is based roughly 1400 kilometres away in Verona. Two bikes were set up in the reception area, where staff could tag team, hopping on and off throughout the week to clock up the kilometres together. The biggest day was day two where the team travelled a whopping 487.86km, which set them well on the way to completing the team challenge.


Other activities around the office covered mental, emotional, physical, and financial health. The various teams have enjoyed daily chair yoga to avoid that ‘been sat at the desk too long’ feeling, mental health first aid drop ins run by Hochiki’s mental health ambassadors, question cards to prompt conversation, ‘eat the rainbow’ food sessions where teams could pick up recipe ideas as well as enjoy fresh fruit and veg around the office,  sessions on financial planning and how to understand the complexities of pensions were also run across the week. As well as this, a concerted effort has been made to ensure everyone is aware of the various staff benefits and schemes available such as Cycle2Work and Employee Assist.

Nicola Carter, HR Manager for Hochiki Europe commented,


“Here at Hochiki, the wellbeing of our employees is a priority, not just this week but every week – it is why we have a dedicated team of mental health ambassadors who are trained in mental first aid.  We wanted to find a way to highlight the support available to the team and thought this global wellbeing initiative was a great opportunity.  It's been fantastic for those who don’t normally work together to get to know each other a bit better, and with the bike challenge, as we had two bikes available to ride simultaneously, it's been a great team building activity and opened lots of conversations. We all love working here, but this week has been particularly positive and has given our senior management team lots of ideas for how we can continue to support the wider team”.