Ireland’s fifth National Workplace Wellbeing Day takes place on Friday April 12th 2019. Ibec is calling all employers to sign up and participate on the day and take this opportunity to get outdoors and get moving alongside their employees. As a nation, we all know that we need to get healthier and there is no better place to start than in the workplace.
Last year over 700 companies of all sizes from across the public and private sectors participated in the annual event which aims to improve employee wellbeing through promoting better health and wellbeing in the workplace. Companies that participated last year include Abbott, AIB, Bord Na Móna, Glanbia, Mars, Oracle, Sky Ireland, Tusla and Zazzle Ireland but to name a few!
Employers are becoming increasingly more aware of the significant effects the workplace can have on their employees’ health and wellbeing. In 2018, 76% of employees said they believed there was a positive link between employees’ health and wellbeing and the company productivity. This should come as no surprise, to put it simply, when people are feeling well and happy then they are in a better position to be effective and fulfilled in the workplace.
So, what can you do on April 12th to promote wellbeing and kickstart a healthy movement in your workplace? The “Lunchtime Mile” - a one mile cycle, jog, run, walk or swim for employees, in the vicinity of their workplace is an easy, accessible way to increase employee activity. Other popular activities organised for employees might include a healthy breakfast, health screenings, on-site massages, pilates classes, mindfulness and mental health talks.
To sign up for National Workplace Wellbeing Day and for a host of wellbeing tips, visit www.wellbeingday.ie.
Pictured at the launch of Ireland's fifth National Workplace Wellbeing are Aoife O'Hanlon, Chocolate Brand Manager, Mars Ireland; Danny McCoy, Ibec CEO; and Alan Quinlan, former Irish rugby star and Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador.