The physical and mental health is importantespecially since we’ve been through a pandemic and now that we’re in the current stage of change where every time habits such as communication, a balanced diet, rest, doing physical exercises and stimulating the mind and increasing creativity should be more on the agenda not only in our daily lives but also in other spheres how is work
Hence the title “Manufacturing health in the workplace, is it possible? The power of healthy habits”, which was held today and in which initiatives and activities aimed at achieving better physical and mental quality in the people who are part of the companies’ work teams.
experts like Carmen Soler, Chief Strategic Management Officer of Florida Universitaria (Spain), Paco Chacon, President of the Spanish Foundation for Safe Sports FEDS, Carmen Domínguez, Sleep Advisor and CEO of DormirBienZzz, Cecilia Cole and Roberto Ruiz, success story of Quinton Laboratories, Pilar Esquer, health consultant and Eduardo Salas, founding partner @Inabe Consultores SL They shed light on the strategy that organizations should follow to improve this quality of organizational well-being.
Coinciding with September 29, World Heart Day, it is the first cause of death in Spain and in the world, Paco Chacon, President of the Spanish Foundation for Safe Sport FEDS, has emphasized that “health is the main way, not pharmacological, to strengthen our immune systemreducing the risk of diseases and increasing quality of lifeso when we talk about social work patterns we talk about reducing mortality and disease and also about eradicating bad habits like sedentary lifestyle, lack of values, harassment, etc.’
“In our foundation we have it very clear, we use sport as a tool and we provide to the organizations Innovative, creative, social, fun and above all effective tools to incorporate them into workplace health promotion policies and plans. The main thing is to work on training, information and awareness, on good practices and organizational well-being. We claim that health prevention goes beyond and not a duty, but fun, becoming a rewarding and memorable experience for the user, wearing prevention and familiarizing the worker and the citizen with itChacon says.
“As good practices, we do sports medical examinations in situ, (heart, biomechanics, vision, scan), and we celebrate too employee’s day (a playful day with activities for personal growth and development, inclusion and values, humor, laughter therapy, etc.), or family dayWe also organize days such as healthy or sports week, value olympiad, cubofit – considered by the European Commission as an example of good practice-. In the case of the Madrid City Council, for example, we are co-organizers of the European Sports Day and we are in the world capital of sports in the city of Madrid, as well as in the main marathons in Spain, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and other events .
As a habit to keep in mind, emphasize this practicing sports “reduces by 50% the risk of cardiovascular diseases that appear after 50 years, 30% death from another cause (40% colon cancer), extends life expectancy by 7-8 years compared to the sedentary Lifestyle“.
In this sense, “sport should be like minimum 150 minutes per week – less than that, the WHO considers a person to be inactive – or 75 intensely active. By practicing exercises you get: releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine (hormone of happiness, natural antidepressant, good mood), reduces stress, improves self-esteem, relieves anxiety, improves social relationships, memory, protects against cognitive decline, activates productivity and creativity, releases nutrients and oxygen to the body , reduces absenteeism and strengthens our musculoskeletal system“, he emphasized.
Chacon points out that “an activity (work, sport, leisure, inclusion, sustainability) and an organization (company, institution, sport, social) can only be healthy if they are safe“. Regarding the implementation of organizational health and well-being management models, he believes that “it is necessary and even convenient to get certified or try to get recognition in good practicesas there are few who have it’, and in relation to CSR he points out that ‘there is a great sensitivity, but a greater emphasis on the issues of sustainability and the SDGs“.
This expert points out that companies no more healthy practices are carried out due to lack of budget and time, Therefore, it would be appropriate to install gyms in sports promotion organizations, highlighting Cubofit.
in turn Carmen Dominguez, Sleep Consultant In his presentation, he emphasized the need for an abundance of tools so that we can sleep better, and emphasized the benefits of adequate rest on performance and its correlation with satisfaction with time flexibility, avoiding the effects of haste and stress, reducing the errors of autopilot, sleep and rest are vital as a tool to ensure the production of more energy and well-being in humans”.
Pilar Esker, health consultant In terms of nutrition, he pointed out that “preventing disease is not the same as planning for health, that what we eat brings us closer to or further from our goal, that the brain also intervenes in the process of eating and therefore also ‘eat.’ and that our diet will determine whether we age healthily.”
Eduardo Salas, Founding Partner @Inabe Consultores SL, noted in this webinar that his company’s mission is “to develop programs that promote people’s health and focus attention on promoting healthy habits, which is why they created Program of Consciousness Expansion (PEC), a tool with practical application to be used as part of an intervention in organizations that is based on positive psychologyand which aims to increase employee engagement, accompanying the co-benefits that this creates: profitability, improvement of all the main KPIs of the organization, etc.
Salas points out that “the main reasons for engagement they come: first, from labor resources, and second, from personal resources. We have noticed that the latter are the ones that contribute the most to increasing engagement, and therefore that is where we focus our intervention, in increasing resources psychologically to peoplethrough adequate mental training that develops new skills in the individual, causing him to work at a higher level of consciousness, providing him with a greater sense of well-being and job satisfaction”.
Finally and as a culmination of this webinar, it was presented as success story Quinton Laboratories, a company that watches over and cares for the health and well-being of its workers, putting focus on peopledeveloping initiatives that enable its growth, development, satisfaction and happinessas a perfect example of an organization that creates workplace health and harnesses the power of healthy habits.
Photo courtesy of Quinton Laboratories