Ireland’s second National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on Friday, 8 April and we are inviting public and private sector organisations across Galway to participate in the day, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace.
On 8 April, Galway employers are being asked to put a special focus on wellbeing by promoting existing and new initiatives available in their workplace as well as organising special events for staff, such as the Lunchtime Mile – a one mile cycle, jog, run, walk or swim for employees in the vicinity of their workplace.
This year we are also launching the Workplace Wellbeing Awards to recognise those companies who are already promoting workplace wellbeing within their organisations and to inspire others to get involved.
With 11 million days lost through absenteeism every year at a cost of €1.5 billion, improving employee wellbeing is in everyone’s best interest. According to research, only one in three workers nationally takes the recommended level of exercise for a healthy lifestyle each week. Three in ten workers undertake no physical exercise during work time while just over a quarter (27 per cent) describing themselves as fairly or very physically active.
Hundreds of employers – from the smallest to the largest, supported the inaugural Workplace Wellbeing Day. Healthy breakfasts, health checks and talks, exercise and fitness classes, cookery demonstrations and lunchtime walks are just some of the events that they organised for their staff.
More ideas and full details on how to get involved in Workplace Wellbeing Day and the awards are available at www.nhfireland.ie/wellbeing