DCH held the first Breakfast of the Health and Welfare Commission 2019 at the Up Spain headquarters, with DKV and Gympass as promoters.
Up Spain, welcomed attendees with a message about two key values of the company: donation and solidarity.
And we started with fruit: because of the CEO of ComeFruta, we went through some studies and research that support the monitoring of the Mediterranean diet, focusing on the benefits that fruit has on health, both physical and psychological.
The Commission, led by Silvia de la Loma, Corporate Director of PRL of the Santander Group, and Ángel Javier Vicente, Director of Organization, Transformation and Business Diversification of Cofares, counted on the presentations by Nuria Villalvilla, Head of the Technical Unit of the Prevention Service of DKV, with the theme “A great challenge, do we prioritize health and healthy? It’s not the time! “, And Paloma Fuentes, Director of Happiness of Mahou, with the intriguing” Sorry … Did you said happiness?
DKV, faithful to the slogan “We strive for a healthier world” directs a comprehensive wellness plan (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and psychosocial health) for its employees.
With emphasis on the aging of the current population, the key needs go hand in hand with psychosocial health, where “we have much road ahead”. Crucial is the internal communication, launched from the Directorate, not only with free physiotherapy for employees (in prevention of musculoskeletal injuries) but also with Emotional Wellness and Mindfulness workshops. With the project Save a Life, employees of DKV were able to make use of the knowledge acquired in crisis situations, both family and social. Because “health is not everything, but without it everything else is nothing”.
And to Mahou we arrived breathing: because a motivator Paloma Fuentes began her presentation by making the audience close their eyes to simply breathe, but breathe well, deep, with our diaphragms, and in just 1 minute fill us with energy to start listening to her with our 5 senses. And this happens because we have to listen to Paloma with all the senses within our reach and we are always left wanting more.
Because it is about “Training those mental abilities that lead us to generate happiness”. And the key is in brain energy.
Stress by itself is not negative, but it is negative when we perceive it negatively and this can lead to real health problems. Our brain is in reactive mode 97% of the time and yet, it is when our brain is proactive when we get a better quality of life.
That energy is what we call Happiness. Because “all our emotions have a mission in our life (even sadness, fear or anger), but becoming owners of our decisions and establishing better professional, social and personal ties, is what can lead us to happiness. And the good news is that this can be trained!
With the Happynet Neurofelicity project it is the individual who generates changes in their health. And, says Paloma, what is health? Is it the state or the process that makes me healthy? By increasing positive behaviors we will reach that state of health. And the heart of the project are the people, one at a time. Sensitizing, training and personalized happiness plans accompanying medical check-ups. Because in Mahou they start the day with a Mindfulness session and they measure how much energy people get and how much they leave.
Mahou’s Happiness project is described by Paloma as an orange … “Because, if life squeezes us, what does your juice taste like?”
At the Good Practices Sharing table, companies such as Torresol Energy O & M, highlighted their involvement in the implementation of wellness programs and whose main focus is on implementing the most appropriate program.
And the answers do not wait for a very participatory discussion table, with professionals from medicine, psychology, occupational risk prevention, etc., all experts and with much to tell, from Aon, Ferrovial, Amadeus, Quest Global, the European University, among others.
He stressed that once a first phase in which companies focused on physical health was over, it is time to move on to consider psycho socio-emotional health.
And the welfare culture implemented from above, from the top management, is fundamental, as mentioned by the president of EAEF.
However, when the support of the management is patent and it is also visible, it is also possible to find a second obstacle: the individual himself.
Sometimes it is the employee himself who steps on the brake a bit. And as pointed out by Federico de Vicente, from Gympass, sometimes “it is necessary that the fears of the employee come to light”.
There may also be a situation in which people do not actively respond to health and welfare proposals (once confirmed that it is not a communication problem but rather a predisposition). And highlighting words from Federico, “the challenge for the company is not how the employees arrive, but how the company (the manager) returns them home”.
And ending with words of the Ibermutuamur Healthy Business Program Manager, if this is a trend, take advantage of it and put the focus on people. The challenge is to get employees actively involved and take advantage of welfare programs that companies put at their fingertips.
From DCH, with the 3rd edition of the European Healthy Company Award to the best healthy companies in Spain and Europe, and now internationally, we support and give recognition to corporations that not only focus on the welfare of their employees but also wishes to each of them try and conceive the sweetest juice from the inside each day.