Ibec is calling on employers across to sign up for Ireland’s 4th National Workplace Wellbeing Day, taking place on Friday, 13th April 2018.
Thousands of employers have already participated in this annual campaign, which aims to improve employee wellbeing by promoting physical activities and healthy eating in the workplace.
National Workplace Wellbeing Day is an initiative of Food Drink Ireland, part of Ibec, the group that represents Irish business. Research commissioned by Food Drink Ireland found that setting up employee exercise groups is one of the most effective ways of promoting greater physical activity in the workplace.
Launching National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2018, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “We are asking employers of all sizes and from across the private and public sectors to dedicate time on Friday 13th April for healthy and fun activities for employees. There is much truth in the old proverb of the importance of a healthy mind in a healthy body.
“Through National Workplace Wellbeing Day, we are seeking to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of healthier lifestyles. In Ibec, we will host a seminar for employees and will be walking the 'Lunchtime Mile'. For employers, there are clear benefits also, with two out of three employees saying they are more likely to stay long-term with an employer who is interested in their wellbeing,” he said.
Edel Creely, Ibec President, added: “As a nation, we know we need to get healthier and there is no better place to start than in the workplace. Whether it is a company walk or for the more adventurous, a jog or cycle, maybe a cookery demo, or a health check for example, the important thing is that employers do something on the day that gets employees thinking about their health. Every bit of activity will add to the cause.”
Further details of how companies can get involved in this year’s event are available at http://www.fooddrinkireland.ie/wellbeing.