How a Healthy Workforce can Impact your Bottom Line.
By David Seagon
This is the title we chose for our first breakfast seminar on promoting wellness in the workplace. We were really pleased with the response, both in terms of turn out and feedback and we hope to be able to replicate this event in the future.
Dr Yolande Coombes was our first speaker and she addressed the topic of stress in the work place and the impact this has on organisations in terms of damaging their work culture but also the financial implications. She revealed to us some astounding stats that made HR managers and company directors perk up and pay attention to what they were potentially losing out on by not addressing this issue more closely. She also educated us on the science behind stress and the automatic ‘fight or flight’ reaction and the power of the ´chimpanzee´ brain, both of which are not particularly useful in the context of an office! Finally, she proposed some easy fixes and small changes we can make to our everyday lives in order to help minimize the impact of stress. Very simply we all need to spend less time on our phones!
Our partners Hollard Cigna Health held the second presentation; they talked to us a little more about the setup of Hollard Cigna Health and their unique partnership combining local knowledge and international experience and expertise. They went on to talk about the services they have in place as part of their Employee Assistance Program and what they can do to support companies and their employees when it comes to tackling issues such as stress, as well as taking a pro-active approach in minimising all illnesses associated with stress and anxiety. Finally, they ended with some real-life examples of the difference their services can make to the lives of their clients.
We hope that it was an informative session for all those that attended and that they could take away with them some learnings about the importance of dealing with stress as well as some ideas on the necessary changes required to reduce stress in the workplace. We also hope they enjoyed the delicious breakfast and the relaxing environment of the Southern Sun Mayfair!
If you weren’t able to join us this time, don´t worry we recorded the whole event and will be broadcasting it in the coming weeks. If you would be interested in attending the next wellness breakfast seminar or receiving an invite to the webinar then please email [email protected] and we will add you to our invite list.