HR Seminar promotes innovative health and wellness implementation in the workplace.
Abrivia, in conjunction with Aware hosted a HR Breakfast Briefing in the Spencer Hotel on March 8th. The gathering of over 100 HR professionals were treated to insightful and very thought provoking talks by Dr. Claire Hayes (Clinical Director, Aware), Martina Sheehan (Head of HR, Mercer) and Fionnuala Edge (Head of Working Together, Bank of Ireland).
Dr. Claire commenced proceedings by outlining what exactly is health and wellness in the workplace, the advantages of exercising at work, how to spot the signs of depression amongst colleagues and the advantages of having a happy and healthy workforce. Dr. Claire also outlined how Aware’s range of services can provide functional and practical support to those affected by depression and related disorders. She also discussed in depth positive mental health and resilience training in the workplace.
The second speaker of the morning was Martina Sheehan, Head of HR at Mercer, who commenced by discussing the range of innovative initiatives Mercer introduced during the economic downturn. This included employee surveys which were aimed at identifying the stresses and anxieties employees were under as a result of the economic downturn. One of these anxieties was how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So Mercer commenced by introducing a very successful 10 week Lifestyle Challenge programme. This was later renamed the Wellness Programme which included stress management courses, motivational talks, exercise classes, nutritional advice, just to name a few of the initiatives.
Finally, Fionnuala Edge, Head of Working Together, Bank of Ireland, provided a fantastic insight into Bank of Irelands “Be at your best” programme. In regards physical fitness this included the couch to 5k and trail trek with sports guru, Karl Henry. Also included in this initiative were nutritional talks and free BMI analysis and advice. In regards mental fitness, Bank of Ireland introduced a mindfulness programme and got pop icon Bressie to give a talk to employees on mental health. The third arm of the “Be at your best” programme dealt with careers and career masterclasses combined with a career portal were made available to employees along with other initiatives in this regard.
Bank of Ireland carried out a post implementation survey which found that the programme was a great success.
The seminar concluded with a passionate speech from Drew Flood of Aware, emphasising the range of services which Aware provide to assist Health and Wellness in the workplace and the excellent support Aware provides to society through a range of free programmes.
As a result of this event alone Abrivia raised over €2800 for Aware and are well on target to raise over €10,000 for Aware over the financial year.
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