Corporate Well-being, Team Bonding and Jet Lag Strategy

How valuable are your employees to your company?

With the day to day pressures that employees have to deal with, at home and at work, in addition to the daily commute, how can you ensure that your employees, your company assets, are fit and healthy, which in hand will lead to increased productivity, increased motivation, reduced leave of absence due to illness or injury, and a healthier and happier workforce?

By ensuring that your employees, directors and executives are fit and healthy you will increase a sense of worth, increase job satisfaction, employee health and reduce sickness absence.

Team Bonding:

Away days and team bonding sessions are a great way to stimulate your employees and create a team environment.. what better way than with team based activities!

Ultimate Frisbee, head tennis, beach volleyball, handball, touch rugby, HIIT sessions or competitive circuit based sessions are all great ways to create a team environment, but also encourage a healthy workforce!

Perhaps a league table and department based tournament to see who the champions are, with a social event planned to finish off the day! (social event not organised by Perform: Fitness:!)

The fun, the banter and the team bonding that are gained via sport and physical activity are invaluable and will help your employees with teamwork, improved communication skills as well as improved physical fitness.

Why not consider a weekly lunch time based session or a quarterly based tournament with different games at each event, like a mini-Olympics or it’s a knock out!

Please enquire via email to discuss further establish a bespoke package.

According to The Health & Safety Executive Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs) Statistics in Great Britain 2017 the rate of self-reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders mainly affecting the back showed a generally downward trend from past statistics.

In 2016-17 the prevalence rate was 590 cases per 100,000 workers. This equates to 194,000 total cases in 2016-17 which is 38% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

In 2016-17 the working days lost due to work-related back disorders was 3.2 million days with an average number of days lost per case of 16.5 days.  This has been a downward trend as work safety has improved over the past ten years or so, with a plateau of these figures occurring since 2010-11.  Despite the downward trend there is no disputing that this will cost businesses millions in loss of time and working hours.

The cost to Britain according to Health and Safety at Work Summary statistics for Great Britain 2017 are as follows:

  • Total costs showed a downward trend between 2004-05 and 2009-10: this fall was driven by a reduction in the number of workplace injuries. Since then, the annual cost has been broadly level.
  • Total costs include financial costs and human costs. Financial costs cover loss of output, healthcare costs and other payments made. Human costs are the monetary valuation given to pain, grief, suffering and loss of life.
  • £14.9 billion annual total costs of work related injury and ill health in 2015-16, excluding long latency illness such as cancer of which…
    • £9.7 billion annual costs of new cases of work-related ill health in 2015-16, excluding long latency illness such as cancer
    • £5.3 billion annual costs of workplace injury in 2015-16

Estimates based on Labour Force Survey and RIDDOR for 2014-15 & 2016-17, and HSE Costs to Britain Model. © Crown copyright 2017.  Published by the Health and Safety Executive November 2017.  Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

  • The average worker spends just under an hour travelling to and from work every day. The British Heart Foundation recommends we do half an hour of moderate exercise, five times a week. It is estimated that seven out of ten adults fail to meet this recommendation.
  • If every employee were to walk, cycle or jog at least part of their journey to work each day, we would increase the number of adults doing enough regular exercise from a desultory three out of ten to seven out of ten.
Source: Department of Health, January 2008.

 

Jet Lag Strategy:

Another area that Perform:Fitness is able to offer support on is executive jet lag strategy.

If you have an employee who travels over time zones for important meetings and has to arrive fresh and focused ready for the day, how do you ensure that they are able to perform optimally and make key business decsions?

Like a high performance sports person, they need to be at the top of their game so they can make important decisions without the distraction of jet lag and feeling tired.  Perform: Fitness can offer 1-1 or group travel education sessions to help your team arrive at their destination fresh, focused and ready for action.

The main symptoms of jet lag are sleep-related. They include:

  • Difficulty sleeping at bedtime and waking up in the morning
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Finding it difficult to stay awake during the day
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Jet lag can also be associated with indigestion, diarrhoea and bloating.

By having a strategy in place based upon real time flight schedules and meeting times, a bespoke plan can be put in to place to enable the time spent visiting clients or businesses to be optimal and effective where effective decision making is key.

Alex can come directly to your place of work and meet 1-1 with the travelling party or liaise with administrative staff at your company to get the information required to put a strategy in place.

If you’re investing in your staff to travel and manage important meetings and make important decisions, it is essential that they are at the top of their game.  This is what we provide for elite athletes, and in my opinion businesses should prepare like an elite athlete to help prepare optimally for the challenges ahead.

 

Wellness Workshops:

A number of employers and companies have implemented well-being strategies, healthy workplace schemes, fitness assessments, exercise prescription and exercise education in the work place.

But still, 40 per cent of employers still have no systems in place at all to manage employee health and well-being.

Perform: Fitness: can meet these demands and successfully and positively affect your working environment.

The following can all be introduced and supported by Perform: Fitness: in your office or place of work:

  • Low back pain education sessions: introduction of core strengthening sessions to help reduce the incidence of low back pain, of which 80% of us will experience at some point in our life…
  • Strategy for lifestyle change and behaviour modification (1-1 sessions or group sessions)
  • Workplace Healthy Theme Schemes: walk to work, total distance walked per week events, hydration awareness, healthy snacking, etc.
  • Business group/workmate sporting events: group sessions.
  • Wellness at work topics, educational seminars and workshops (hydration, stress relief, daily exercise tips, etc)
  • Fitness Testing: manual labour readiness, fire service, police service, etc.

The workshops and seminars can be as interactive as you require.

The theme days and business group sporting events will add some spark, team spirit and competition to the working environment, which will increase job satisfaction, team communication and cohesiveness, and more importantly, will increase the fitness and health awareness of your employees.

Please contact Alex at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss any of the above in more detail.

Alex presenting ‘The Benefits of Good Nutrition & Hydration’ seminar to employees of Discovery Communications Europe Limited.