Sagicor Life Inc. have implemented a series of initiatives aimed at creating a healthy workplace including peer support (e.g. buddy systems), group goal setting, health competitions, challenges or games (e.g. fitness and weight loss challenges) and health promotion campaigns, this has been ongoing for more than 3 years. They have an allocated budget for healthy workplace initiatives and have established a wellness committee. The initiatives have been very successful, staff are now keenly aware of NCDs thanks to our screening programs.Workplace Vision/Mission
To be a great company, committed to improving the lives of people in the communities in which we operate.Successes
Greater staff camaraderie, team building, a consciousness of healthy living and healthier life choices being made. The Heart & Stroke Foundation provides quarterly biometric tests including weight, blood pressure, fasting glucose, and BMI assessment.Challenges
Finding a program that appeases to the majority of tastes that would enlist participation.Corporate Community Responsibility
The funding of community health promotion activities and events, employee have volunteer opportunities during work hours.
Healthy Workplace Programme – 16 key elements:
There is an established and enforced Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy at your workplace
Employers and employees are regularly made aware of the OSH Policy;Employers and employees are required to report breaches of OSH Policy
A mechanism is in place in your workplace that allows for reporting on and acting on occupational safety and health issues (accidents, illnesses)
Tobacco Use Cessation
There is an established and enforced policy making company buildings and parking lots tobacco/smoke-free
The sale and advertisement of tobacco products is prohibited on worksite premises
There is easy to access safe drinking water (e.g. water coolers)
There is an established and enforced policy to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers (maternity care practices such as the provision of comfortable, private spaces for employees to nurse or pump, and flexible breaks)
Physical Activity Enhancement
There is an established and enforced policy that offers flexible work hours to allow for physical activity during working hours
There are organised employee competitions, sporting events, sports teams and outdoor walking trails
The company offers memberships or discounts at local health clubs or recreation centers
Mental Health and Stress Management
The company has an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP is a professional counselling service for employees that may be experiencing emotional distress from personal or work-related problems
Employees are recognised for achievements in the workplace (e.g. rewards, certificates, positive feedback via meeting announcements);There is monitoring of employee satisfaction (e.g. staff surveys)
There are regular employee communication opportunities (e.g. team meetings, one-to-one meetings)
There are ‘quiet spaces’ or gardens for employees to relax
There are opportunities for personal and professional development
There are moral boosting activities (e.g. employee lunches, birthday celebrations, sports teams)
Alchohol consumption is restricted during work hours
Disability in the Workplace
Facilities (e.g. ramps, suitably equipped washrooms etc.) are in place at your workplace for ease of use by those with disabilities
Employs known disabled persons
Return to Work for People Living with NCDs
Our policy is one that does not tolerate discrimination of any kind or form
Work from home/ remote worksite location
Reduced or flexible hours
Screening and Treatment for NCDs
There is biometric screening – clinical data on body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol level
Workers have access to group health plans
NCD prevention Information, Education and Resources
Health awareness days (e.g. World Health Day; Caribbean Wellness Day) are celebrated or employee health fairs are hosted
Healthy Living rewards or incentives
Workers are provided with incentives to adopt healthy behaviours (e.g. British Petroleum health regime initiative – every million steps rewarded 250 points and when 1K points accumulated per annum rewarded with a reduction in insurance premiums for the following year)
The board of directors of the company includes members of the local community; and/ or civil society representatives; and/ or public sector representatives
Representatives of the company have participated in the design of the national NCD strategic plan or policy
Monitoring and Evaluation
There is a baseline and follow-up worker health assessment
There is an assessment of worker use/participation in the healthy workplace initiative/workplace wellness programme
There is an assessment of worker satisfaction with the healthy workplace initiative/workplace wellness programme
The company has a formal relationship with local community groups (local CSOs or NGOs) or entities (ie. schools, elderly homes, hospitals etc.) which provides an opportunity for workers to volunteer during working hours
On February 13th the Sagicor Group Life and Health Department unveiled an innovative Wellness Initiative, complete with a fully equipped and professionally staffed Mobile Medical Unit. Sagicor is the first insurance carrier in Barbados to offer this service to its client base.
Speaking as he introduced the new service to corporate clients and members of the media, Mr. Edward Clarke, Executive Vice President and General Manager Barbados Operations of Sagicor Life Inc, said the programme was in keeping with Sagicor’s core principle of giving back to the communities and people that have made Sagicor successful.
Clarke stated: With our new mobile unit, we are now equipped to assist our clients’ employees and members with monitoring and managing their health. Something as simple as knowing your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol readings, empowers you with the knowledge to change your behaviours to improve your overall health and wellness.
Emphasising the wisdom of prevention being better than cure, Mr. Clarke said the main objective was to provide preventative care and education in the fight against CNCDs. The new Medical Mobile Unit will be staffed by a registered nurse and is fully equipped to carry out testing for the incidence of a variety of CNCDs and other illnesses. In addition to testing, the nurse will focus on education, raising awareness and providing answers to clients’ questions on health related matters.
See below some images from the launch.
See below some images from Sagicor’s healthy workplace activities.
Find out more about Sagicor Life Inc. here.