Rivalry between officemates Deutsche Asset Management and Jupiter escalated last month.
Employees of the fund management businesses, which are both based in Victoria’s Zig Zag Building, spent much of July racing up and down stairs.
When Deutsche engaged the services of StepJockey, a company that encourages office workers to stay fit by using the stairs instead of lifts, Jupiter could not turn down a competitive opportunity.
Over three weeks, 35 teams from the two firms took part in the StepJockey World Towers challenge.
“The office stairs suddenly became a busy thoroughfare of sweating, panting Jupiter and Deutsche employees as each team strove to log as many steps as possible in a bid to win the challenge,” said one office dweller.
“It was a hard-fought battle but one that was ultimately won by Deutsche despite Jupiter’s best efforts!” Hard luck, Jupiter.
Over the course of the three week competition, participants took on 900,000 steps between them, burning an estimated 74,000 calories – a good return on investment for all.