Today marks the first week of the new financial year.

This is a time where businesses look back at figures achieved, whether targets were met and look to set new goals for the new tax year.  At Orion this is also a time where new team and Individual targets are made and new incentives for each quarter are revealed.

To put a spin on things for this year, along with all things financial, Orion have decided to kick start our new financial year with a week of ‘Clean Living’.

Recently inspired by our Wellness Day to celebrate our success in The Sunday Times Top 100.  We wanted to extend the health and wellness feeling across the office once again, but this time lasting a whole week instead of for just one day.

This week we will be embarking on a clean lifestyle where the whole of the Reading office will be resisting all things ‘bad’. This means No fizzy drinks, Sweets, Sugar, Crisps, Biscuits, fast food, ready meals Etc to be consumed in the office

With statistics like these, you wonder why healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle isn’t made compulsory –

Employees who eat healthy are 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance.

Employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to have higher job performance.

Healthy employees take fewer sick days. Absenteeism is 27 percent lower for those workers who eat healthy and regularly exercise.

Along with the feeling of health and wellness, there is no better feeling than the feeling of giving back.

As punishment for not following the rules and consuming ‘bad’ foods a donation of £2 will have to be made and will be collected into a pot for a large donation to be made at the end of our ‘clean week’

The Charity we have chosen to make our donations to, is called Homestart.

Homestart is a voluntary organisation that supports families and single parents struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues. The people in need, receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. Ranging from running a budget, learning to cook, parenting, dealing with social services and crisis management.

You can see a bit more about what they do on the website - and Youtube channel

We like to think we all live quite a healthy lifestyle (most the time) but with the pressure on, the question is - who will be the first to crack?

Good luck to all involved in the challenge!

We will be posting updates on our Social Media platforms, on how it is going throughout the week. If you would like to see who is the first person to break, please give us a follow.