Nottingham employees attend a Wellness event

EMPLOYEES at Domestic & General have been attempting to shed those excess holiday pounds by taking part in a wellness summer fete.

The Nottingham contact centre hosted a day filled with initiatives aimed at helping to improve the health and wellbeing of its employees. Staff were able to come in early and take advantage of a healthy breakfast before getting the chance to take part in a range of activities including Zumba dance class taster sessions run by a professional instructor.

For those who wanted a less strenuous activity, there was a professional beauty therapist on hand offering mini facials, hand and arm massages, head and shoulder and back massages. Employees were also given the chance to sample delicious free smoothies, which were provided by Nottingham-based Boost Juice Bar.

Representatives from Weight Watchers were there giving people advice on how to join the diet plan, along with staff from The Gym Group, who were offering blood pressure checks, body fat analysis, hydration testing and exercise advice.

As well as all the activities taking place, there were also competitions and giveaways on offer including goodie bags, a free prize draw for everyone who attended and a ‘guess the calories’ competition.

Clare Nock, HR assistant and organiser of the event said: “We decided to arrange a whole day of wellness related activities as previous events have been such a huge success. We thought that the end of summer would be a good time to do this, as everyone tends to want to lose a few pounds after the summer break. All of the Zumba classes were fully booked and so were the beauty sessions, which shows that employees really do want to take advantage of these kind of events.”

Domestic & General employs over 800 people ranging in age between 16 and 75 at its offices on Talbot Street. Since 2008, the company has focused on wellness as oppose to sickness, and in this time, the number of sickness-related absences at the centre have decreased. This has been due to the company’s commitment to offering its employees regular wellness events such as the fete as well as access to an occupational health provider and the chance to speak to health representatives from local health trusts.

Tracy Burrell, HR manager at Domestic & General says: “The various wellness initiatives which we have carried out over the three years have been hugely successful, and have not only seen our sickness related absences drop to but have also improved staff motivation and we have also seen our turnover of staff reduce as well from 45.23% in June 2008 to 23.27% in May 2011.

“This significant reduction in staff turnover and sickness absence means we  have a more stable, experienced and healthy workforce which has been demonstrated with year on year increases in business performance.”

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