Racefully are excited to announce their collaboration with Feedr, the food tech startup that delivers healthy individual meals to office workers. The partnership provides Racefully clients with an exclusive £100 discount when they sign up for a trial on Feedr.

A healthy Feedr meal

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Over the past year, confined to our homes, many of us have developed new healthy eating habits, wellbeing and fitness routines. Now that the lockdown is easing and we are increasingly able to meet up with friends and colleagues again, it is easy to drop the ball and indulge. Fear not, we’ve put together a guide on how to help your employees stay healthy (nutritionally, physically and mentally) and resist the temptation to just order pizza for the park picnic socials you are, no doubt, planning. 

As a virtual health and fitness platform, we are passionate about enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of employees through team focused initiatives. It’s fair to say we take fitness seriously but we also know that abs are made in the kitchen, so we have formed a collaboration with our nutrition partner Feedr to give you a holistic view on how to continue to lead a healthy life in a post-pandemic society as pubs re-open and we return to work. 

Feedr is a flexible food tech platform with a full suite of office catering solutions, ranging from lunch to hospitality to special event pop-ups. Feedr’s Cloud Canteen taps into a community of 100+ vendors, providing businesses with a flexible food perk without needing to set-up a full on-site canteen. Employees choose from a selection of curated menus and receive individually labeled meals delivered directly to the office, only on days that they’re in. Businesses have access to an admin portal, where they can choose the level of subsidy, amend the schedule, and monitor employee engagement. There is no subscription fee and Feedr only charges for active users, allowing companies to easily manage fluctuating headcounts and reduce food waste. 

Through the exclusive collaboration, Feedr and Racefully can give your businesses the necessary tools to future-proof your office culture at the time of seismic change. Here are our five tips on how to keep your workforce healthy post lockdown:

1.  Introduce a gamified employee wellbeing initiative 

Now that we have shifted to British Summer Time, we can stop the habit of finishing our work day by bingeing on Netflix and instead put on our trainers to get outdoors. The longer days means we have more energy and more time to spend quality time outdoors doing physical activity, whether that would be walking, running or cycling. 

Spring is a great time to launch a new internal employee wellbeing initiative as the warmer days and longer nights gives employees a good excuse to spend time looking after their physical and mental wellbeing. Racefully’s platform drives health and wellbeing and allows employees to feel connected to their fellow colleagues, who they may not have seen in person since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Racefully’s gamified wellbeing app allows businesses to strengthen company culture and build camaraderie through a virtual fitness experience. Employees are able to join a company tribe where they can collaborate and compete against their colleagues through organised in-app tribe challenges. Other core features of the app include employee vs employee races (anyone want to race the CEO?), virtual gamified leaderboards, group chat, photo sharing and news feeds. All data is tracked on the client engagement dashboard as Racefully manages the entire onboarding and implementation process, maximising the employee experience.

So instead of planning another team quiz or cocktail hour on Zoom, think about the long-term impact that a wellbeing initiative will have on team morale, team engagement and individual productivity. 

Screengrabs from the Racefully app showcasing some of the core features, including the company tribes, challenge progress and virtual leaderboards

2.  Plan a wellbeing challenge around something that truly matters for your employees 

Spending more time indoors has led to many people feeling demotivated and lacking in energy. Racefully can provide a solution to this problem as they organise virtual team-based fitness challenges that involve the entire office to get you feeling physically and mentally fit. Some of their recommended virtual challenges include climbing Mount Everest, running the London Marathon or cycling the Tour De France. Through their application, employees are able to track, monitor and analyse their personal performance in addition to introducing some healthy competition in the workplace through their challenge feature.

Over the past year, Racefully has seen a clear trend emerge where companies want to combine their fitness/wellbeing challenges alongside specific wellbeing days such as Earth Day, Stress Awareness Month, Cycle to Work Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. These are key days which can be celebrated with more purpose and meaning by coordinating internal wellbeing initiatives to coincide with these relevant dates in the calendar. Racefully has recently introduced a new initiative where companies are able to plant a tree for every mile which their team records, allowing employees to give back to the environment and encourage greater levels of motivation. 

Additionally, employers are using employee wellbeing as a CSR initiative and are creating virtual charity challenges in order to raise funds for local charities that are supported by the company. Companies can choose to match the donations raised by the employees to create a large donation pot and to show that they are truly invested in the wellbeing and passion projects of their people.

Screengrabs for the Racefully app and Client Dashboard showing the tracking and progress for virtual fitness and challenges, including the popular Mount Everest challenge

Racefully provides a breakdown of activities for Cyclists, Runners and Walkers to drive healthy competition within the workplace

3. Pre-order meals via the Feedr app to avoid temptation

We all know the first rule of food shopping: don’t do it when you’re hungry. Sticking to healthy options is so much easier when you plan your meals ahead, which will help you resist the temptation to indulge. Instead of going for overly processed last minute options available close to the office, Feedr delivers nutritious meals directly to the office, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and allows users to place their orders up to 7 days in advance. Feedr can help you curate a menu specific to your employees’ taste and preferences with a plethora of  healthy, plant-based meals to inspire them to make that choice. Employees can pick high quality nutritious meals for today’s lunch, tomorrow’s picnic in the park or their entire week ahead without having to do any meal prep.

Ordering from the Feedr website

4. Feedr’s handpicked vendors make it easy for your team to eat a varied diet, meet healthy goals and be kind to the world

We believe in eating well no matter what your preferences, so whoever is on your team, there will be food that works for them. We curate our meals for both taste and nutritional value, hand-picking vendors who cater to specific dietary and allergen requirements as well as life goals. Feedr’s nutritional break-down enables full transparency of ingredients that goes beyond basic allergen information.

People often think that eating healthy can be unimaginative. With over 100 vendors available on the platform and rotating menus, Feedr gives your employees a plethora of choice, so they never get bored of eating the same salad every day. Our powerful analytics engine identifies popular and high rated meals within your business, so we also have a clear view of what your employees want and constantly optimising our offering to meet their needs.

Feedr provides a ratings system for all its meals

5.  Building deeper social connection

Social connection is a fundamental part of everyday office life, however, it has been lacking as over the past year our kitchens, bedrooms and even occasionally our bathrooms, have doubled up as office space. Even though the office is likely to be a different physical experience going forward, the data shows that workers have an appetite to return to the office with 44% of Brits wanting their work life to return back to what it was pre-Covid (YouGov Poll).

It is a major challenge for employers to build culture without a physical office/HQ so fostering social connections via hybrid platforms is a clever way to fill the void. Through Racefully, teams can collaborate and communicate with each other, driving social interaction through non-work related conversionations and initiatives. Racefully encourages people from different teams and departments to spark up conversation with one another through the medium of fitness as they see that they both have something in common, whether that is running, walking or cycling. Additionally, fitness is an amazing way to de-stress and by encouraging employees to exercise to take 10 minutes to go for a morning stroll or a 30 minute lunchtime run, this can significantly improve productivity at work and help with sleep, allowing employees to switch off from work. 

After a challenging workout, the best thing you can do is to nourish yourself and we all know that best conversations happen over a plate of delicious food. Feedr encourages team collaboration and social interactions by giving all businesses access to healthy, nutritious food at work.

Looking for healthy office lunch delivery? Enquire now and the Feedr team will be in touch to book a demo and provide you with a tailored solution based on your needs. Racefully customers get £100 free credit on their Feedr trial when they sign up here.

You can also book a 30 minute demo directly with Racefully by clicking on this link to discuss how we will be able to assist with your workplace wellbeing programme.

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