Wander down to Body Options on Tuesday and Thursday evenings any time in the next couple of months and you’ll see something unusual. EMS Group employees are taking advantage of the company’s offer to pay 50% of the cost of Boot camp sessions. Why is an engineering, machinery and mining services company offering to subsidise gym workouts?
According to EMS Director Tom Cavanagh, the answer is simple.
“Physical health and mental health are very closely linked, and activities like this are great for the head. Doing something like this as a team, is great. We make sure we hold each other accountable for showing up each week.”
“Culture is a core value of the company and part of that culture is a strong commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff”, Cavanagh said.
15 employees have taken up the offer so far.
Recently Commcare published global research findings that when employee health and wellness is good, the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%. The research also found self-reported creativity and innovation increases from 20% to 72%.
“Boot Camp is a fun, interesting way to stay fit as a team. We love it”, Cavanagh said.
EMS Marketing Manager Kate Wright invests a lot in her own fitness, competing regularly in Cross Fit tournaments. She says she can already see the benefits for EMS staff of all ages, no matter what kind of work they do.
“It’s really inspiring that Tom is taking part in the Boot Camp sessions”, Kate said. “He is incredibly competitive, and to see some of the other staff give him a run for his money is great value!”
A statement of EMS’s vision and values can be found at http://emsgroup.com.au/about/vision-values/