Healthy employees are happy employees. And happy employees are motivated and productive. That’s why – after settling into our new space in downtown Hartford – C.M. Smith saw 2015 as the perfect time to celebrate a new chapter in company history and launch our very first employee wellness and engagement program.
“We sensed that some of our employees weren’t embracing the perks of working in the city,” said Brigid Gunn, Director of Operations and Human Resources, who facilitated the company’s 2013 move from suburban Glastonbury. “We also wanted to encourage them to be well and stay well, so we developed a small budget and formed a committee dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and boosting morale. “
Some of the committee’s most successful activities included ice skating in the park, a UConn hockey game, lunchtime yoga, a chili-cook off and lunch-and-learns on topics like athletic footwear and healthy holiday eating. Particularly popular were games that challenged employees to identify their coworkers’ pets and favorite songs.
“The Wellness Committee really provided us with an educational and fun way to socialize, be active, and relieve stress, “said Betty Babcock, Executive Coordinator & Small Business Specialist. “Knowing your employer cares about your health and well-being can really motivate you to put your best foot forward. I’m eager to see what’s in store this year. “
The Committee recently polled staff for feedback on its first round of programs, in hopes of engaging even more employees in 2016. Scheduled events include a minor league baseball game, a program on workplace safety, and a comfort food contest.
“We’ve learned a lot about what it takes to create a successful program,” Gunn said. “The committee has taken considerable time to evaluate what works best in terms of scheduling, interest, and physical activity level. So hopefully we’ll continue to motivate and engage everyone with rich, meaningful programs.”