The Echo Resounds and the global challenge

In our 2018 report we presented the ECHO initiative in our Houston office, where PGS staff work together as volunteers to Enhance Culture and Heighten Opportunities – ECHO, through four core improvement areas (Learning), Connecting (Building Relationships), Striving (Health & Wellness) and Sharing (Charity & Philanthropy).

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Last year, the ECHO initiative continued to grow and flourish, and introduced the Global Challenge to PGS. This Virgin Pulse wellbeing solution equips employees with knowledge, tools and support to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Nineteen PGS teams of seven people each signed up for the challenge, which takes employees on a 100-day virtual journey through the world’s most unique locations.

PGS competed against 518 teams from around the world to earn virtual trophies and face off against other teams in activity mini-challenges. They walked, swam, and cycled to improve both health and happiness by completing modules in nutrition, sleep, balance, and focus.

The minimum goal was for each team member to make at least 10 000 steps per day over a 100 day cycle. By the end of the 100-day challenge, the 133 PGS Houston employees had walked over 60 000 miles! Participants learned how simply taking steps has significant impact on health, wellness, and energy levels, as well as concentration and mood.