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Second edition of Activy in the company and 100% of participants willing for the next one!

Company:

Microsoft

Description:

One of the biggest technology and IT company in the world, present in 170 countries

  • Industry
    Technology
  • Employees number
    500
  • Office
    Warsaw

Goal

Employees engagement and integration

52

employees

1 934

rides

10

teams

2

months of competition

38%

rides to work

507 kg

of saved CO2

16 357

kilometers

45

days on bicycle

Summary

We challenged employees of one of the biggest companies in the world for the second time. They created 10 teams which competed to take a place at the podium and had opportunity to not only integrate or get an award but also - help others. We made it again - all the players are looking forward to the next one, third Activy edition.

Challenge

Microsoft is one of the biggest companies in the world. For its employees it means extremely dynamic and diverse working environment where the time between each project flies definitely too fast. That is why we got a challenge to implement and activity which would fit into their daily routine, allow them to get to know each other more, integrate and engage them as much as possible. It was our second edition there so we decided to do something different than we had done the last time.

„The best element was the competition spirit itself and dividing users to teams visibly improved employees engagement. Usually it was beginning with an initiator who pulled the whole team along and then its members kept motivating each other.”

Aleksandra Kania

Team Leader - CEE & UR Recruiting Associate Microsoft

Implementation

We sent the information about another edition of bike competition by internal mailing so all employees could have received it. Bikers group created within Passion Teams initiative which connects Microsoft’s hobbyist around specific areas, took the challenge straight away. Encouraged by the bikers, more and more people was joining the game, not exactly the ones who had practiced cycling before.

Solution

After the first month of the competition we changed the individual scoring system to group one. Following this, employees started to motivate each other to ride a bike to move up in the rank as a team. Some company retreats took place somewhere out in the city so players had an opportunity to make more kilometers. When a team arranged a joint ride, even its members who had not been registered in our application before, were joining the game. For a lot of people much more important than a place on the podium was the charity goal and that was a reason they were getting on their bicycles everyday.

„Activy is a game for everyone, not just for players making thousands kilometers. Getting extra points for rides not just kilometers was motivating for me. I was comparing my results to others, checking who had driven how much and then I created a strategy which helped me to win the competition. I’m very happy that you are promoting consistency - this is cool.”

Hubert Ł

atendee

Results

Within two months at Microsoft, 10 teams were created, which included not only company riders. A lot of cycling freshmen took part in the competition, and thanks to a suitably adjusted scoring system (not only kilometers counted, but also the number of trips themselves), everyone had a chance to win. All players agreed that after this action they feel motivated to commute to work by bike.

  • 100%

    wants to take part in next edition

  • 80%

    feels better and more productive thanks to commuting by bike

  • 100%

    is motivated to commute by bike more often

What the coordinator liked Activy for

  • regular reports - we could track the engagement of our employees
  • coordination of the competition by Activy, creating the rules and promotional materials
  • technical support, answering users questions

THANKS FOR

Aleksandra KaniaTeam Leader - CEE & UR Recruiting Associate Microsoft

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