Ibec launches National Workplace Wellbeing Day

March 07, 2019 Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is delighted to be launching Ireland’s fifth National Workplace Wellbeing Day, taking place on Friday, 12th April 2019. Public and private sector organisations across the country are expected to participate in the day, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace. 

As part of this year’s activities, employers are being called upon to arrange a “Lunchtime Mile” - a one mile cycle, jog, run, walk or swim for employees in the vicinity of their workplace. 

Launching Workplace Wellbeing Day 2019, Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec said: “We are seeing an increase in employers prioritising workplace wellbeing and a recent Ibec study shows that 76% of employees say they believe there is a positive link between employees’ health and wellbeing and the company productivity. Given the considerable amount of time people spend in the workplace we are encouraging employers of all sizes and across all sectors to get involved.”

Alan Quinlan, former international rugby player and wellness advocate said: “In an always on world employees need to take care of their mental health and physical activity is a great way to do this, and to destress. Only 1 in 5 employees are doing the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week and that’s why this is a great initiative to get people moving.”

Ireland Active CEO Conn McClusky said, “Ireland Active are delighted to partner on National Workplace Wellbeing Day, as we believe that a healthy workforce creates a happier and more productive business. We will be asking our participating members to open their fitness centres to local businesses to provide free classes and passes.”

Ellie Barrett, Oracle’s Wellbeing, Corporate Citizenship, Sports & Social Program Manager said: “At Oracle, our internal Health and Wellbeing ambassadors help support and drive change as well as increase awareness and understanding of mental health & psychical health - both of which have equal importance. This Workplace Wellbeing day employees will benefit from: a range of on-site fitness classes, massages, mindfulness sessions, mental health workshops, healthy eating options and one of my favourite additions to the day: employee mental health story sharing.”

Aoife O’Hanlon, Brand Manager of Mars Ireland added: ‘’Mars recognise that good health and wellbeing are essential to our Associates’ success both in work and at home. We try to create a culture where healthy and energising choices are easy to make, through our ways of working, environment, policies, and through our leadership behaviour.

“At Mars Ireland we’ll be celebrating National Wellbeing Day over an entire week, giving Associates an opportunity to participate in nutritional talks, or get physical in boxercise, pilates, yoga and group walks. We’ll also enjoy specially prepared lunches and snacks. Our health tomorrow begins with how we live today, and workplaces can have a really positive impact in promoting wellbeing of their people.”

More than 700 companies took part in 2018, show your commitment to your employees on 12th April by signing up at www.wellbeingday.ie