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CaramelCandle Wed 24-Feb-21 13:08:31

My whole team is wfh. The manager has decided that everyone needs to walk 1000 steps a day on their lunch hour for the next month. We've been put into teams and have to record the steps and the team with the most will win a half day off. There were a few people not keen to take part but everyone has been put into a team anyway. AIBU to think this is stupid? I understand the idea is to get people away from their desk etc but it's the way it's been done so that you're letting your team down if you don't take part that I think is unfair. Surely it would be better to give people a choice without the guilt.

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TheYearOfSmallThings Wed 24-Feb-21 13:09:40

I don't think they can insist on that!

Myheadmyheart Wed 24-Feb-21 13:11:16

I would hate that.

ComDummings Wed 24-Feb-21 13:11:20

What a dumb idea. I hate forced ‘teamwork’ and ‘fun.’

unmarkedbythat Wed 24-Feb-21 13:13:21

Have you a union?

Newfor2021 Wed 24-Feb-21 13:14:46

If it’s on your lunch break then surely you’re not being paid for it and you can do whatever you like. I’m afraid I wouldn’t do it just because of being forced to do something in my own time. I’d probably still go for my daily walk, just not tell them!

someonelockthefridgealready Wed 24-Feb-21 13:15:00

I'd enter exactly 1,000 steps every single day, but I am the queen of PA at work, so you probably shouldn't listen to me.

someonelockthefridgealready Wed 24-Feb-21 13:15:40

(I wouldn't do them though, because I hate being told what to do in my private life by work.)

DynamoKev Wed 24-Feb-21 13:17:04

YANBU they should fuck off.

BarbaraofSeville Wed 24-Feb-21 13:18:00

Is that a typo? 1000 steps is nothing, it must be a 5-10 minute walk at most.

Even if it's 10000 steps, I think it's a good thing. Lots of people are suffering from mental health issues and lack of activity due to barely leaving the house and a decent walk each lunchtime will do a great deal to help with both. Plus by being a work thing it legitimises being unavailable for a good hour or two in the middle of the day.

lastqueenofscotland Wed 24-Feb-21 13:18:05

1000 steps? That’s literally 10 minutes. I couldn’t get that worked up about that...

CaramelCandle Wed 24-Feb-21 13:18:19

They want screenshots from our phones to 'prove' it.

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WonkyCactus Wed 24-Feb-21 13:18:28

It sounds awful and unfair. How are you meant to record the steps? Can you just make up a number (not that you should have to!).

UrAWizHarry Wed 24-Feb-21 13:19:40

Meh, if you don't want to do it, just don't do it.

1000 steps isn't very much though, and it's not the worst idea in the world to encourage people to get away from their desks for 5-10 minutes.

IrenetheQuaint Wed 24-Feb-21 13:20:14

This is ridiculous - also obviously a massive problem for any members of your team with disabilities that affect mobility.

CaramelCandle Wed 24-Feb-21 13:21:38

Yes there are some people with disabilities who will struggle but this was ignored

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edwinbear Wed 24-Feb-21 13:22:30

If you don't want to go for a walk, don't, they're not actually 'forcing' you to, you just won't win the extra time off. I'd happily give up 10 mins of my lunch break once a day if it meant I could possibly get an extra half a days leave. The weather is lovely at the moment, and it's good to take a break from your screens. This wouldn't bother me in the slightest, I'd take it in the good spirit it's intended, but I do try and get out for some fresh air once a day anyway.

rawalpindithelabrador Wed 24-Feb-21 13:24:31

I wouldn't want to spend my lunch hour in that way. It's for eating lunch. Lunch is my main meal of the day.

CaramelCandle Wed 24-Feb-21 13:27:12

If I don't take part, it's not just me that won't win the extra half day, it's the rest of the people in the same team too. It's that sort of peer pressure and guilt that is bothering me the most. If it was individual then that's fine as it wouldn't be affecting other people's chances.

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ginnybag Wed 24-Feb-21 13:28:07

Are those lunch breaks paid?

If not, they have precisely no right to insist you do anything at that time. Suggest if they want you walk as a work-place task, it's in working hours.

You equally could ask for the risk assessments for the work -task. Or point out that everyone is under a stay-at-home order unless they have to leave. This isn't an essential task.

Alternatively, if you are going out, use that, or just make something up each day. They're hardly going to ship you step-counters to make you 'prove it'.

Beautiful3 Wed 24-Feb-21 13:28:12

I would do it to get half a day off!!! Love that idea, a real incentive to get fit. You dont have to do it.

YouWantToDoWhatInAPyrexDish Wed 24-Feb-21 13:28:59

It’s your lunch hour - they can’t tell you what to do during that. One of the benefits of wfh might be squeezing in an hour long episode of something on Netflix while eating your sandwich prepared that morning in readiness ...

If they insist this is somehow a work related activity that must be done it should be done during work time.

DorotheaDiamond Wed 24-Feb-21 13:29:05

See if waving your phone backwards and forwards counts it as steps...

FossilisedFanny Wed 24-Feb-21 13:30:23

Just shake your phone while sitting with your feet up .

BestZebbie Wed 24-Feb-21 13:30:39

Stick your phone on top of the washing machine as it does a spin? That should get you some steps...

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