Domestic and General hosts health and wellness day

Domestic and General has hosted a health and wellbeing event for its 800 employees.

The event, held at the Nottingham-based call centre, started with a healthy breakfast, followed by a range of activities that included Zumba dance classes, mini facials and massages, free smoothies, and advice from representatives of Weight Watchers.

The Gym Group was also on hand to provide blood pressure checks, body fat analysis, hydration testing and exercise advice.

Throughout the day there were also competitions and giveaways, including goodie bags, a free prize draw, and a ‘guess the calories’ game.

Since 2008, Domestic and General has focused on its health and wellbeing programme, and has reduced the number of sickness-related absences at the centre.

The organisation continues to offer its employees regular wellness events, as well as access to an occupational health provider and the chance to speak to health representatives from local health trusts.

Clare Nock, HR assistant at Domestic and General, said: “We arranged the event because previous wellness-related activities have been such a huge success.

“We thought that this was a good time to host a day like this, as everyone tends to want to lose a few pounds after the summer break.

“All of the Zumba classes and beauty sessions were fully booked, which shows that our employees really value these events, and take their own wellbeing seriously.”

Tracy Burrell, HR manager at Domestic and General, added: “The various wellness initiatives which we have run over the last three years have been hugely successful.

“Not only have our sickness-related absences dropped but staff motivation has improved and we have also seen our turnover of employees reduce from 45% in June 2008 to 23% in May 2011.

“This means we have a more stable, experienced and healthy workforce which has been demonstrated with year-on-year increases in business performance.”

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