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2019 Browne Craine & Co Health and Wellbeing Round-up

Wellbeing

It has been 12 months since we started our “Health and Wellbeing” initiative and we are pleased to report it is going extremely well. We have summarised below a few of the initiatives we have rolled out throughout the year and hope to roll out even more in 2020!

January – Nutrition & Body Compositions

We kicked off 2019 looking at nutrition with Angela Clucas who visited our office to talk to everyone about healthy eating and exercise. Angela was really good as she focused on talking about making small changes to your lifestyle and tips on how we can make those changes. We learned that we could still incorporate chocolate in our lives, which was very refreshing to hear! During her one hour talk, we learned about getting the best out of our food and how important nutrition is to both our body and mind – it set a lot of our staff in good stead for the rest of the year and encouraged them to look at what they are eating for their own personal goals.

Angela also helped us with “Body Compositions”, which are detailed measurements of your body providing accurate information on how much fat and muscle you have in different parts of your body. Angela came in three times throughout the year to measure those willing participants and we found that it motivated those staff to reach their own personal goals.

February – Mental Health & De-Chox

In February we held our first event focussed on mental health, Time to Talk Day. We are committed in helping to decrease the stigma associated with mental health and we hope our staff feel like we are supportive should they have any issues.

We supported De-Chox in February…..Non-confirmative as to how many staff were successful with this challenge! Let’s just say we treated 2019 as a test run for 2020!

March – Samaritans, Step Challenge, Comic Relief & Fruit Basket

Continuing with the Mental Health theme, we invited the Samaritans to our office to raise awareness to our staff about what they do and to let everyone know that they were there if ever needed.

As part of looking at nutrition, the firm started providing a fruit basket once per week, giving a healthy snack opportunity to staff during the day. This seems to have gone down very well, has increased some staff member’s fruit intake and has helped towards healthy eating goals.

We entered two teams into the Barclays Step Challenge which was held in aid of Comic Relief, both of whom did brilliantly in the challenge. This year we prepared mentally and physically, including regular training sessions at the Gas Work Steps. Well done to all those that attended the (wet, dark and cold) training sessions, not the easiest of sessions to get out for! As well as entering the Step Challenge, we also held a dress down day to raise more money for Comic Relief.

April – Posture & Time Management

In April we looked at posture and back health and invited Mary and her team from Ellan Vannin Chiropractor’s to the office to talk about the importance of correct posture at your desk and moving around regularly. As part of the talk, staff were invited to take up an appointment to receive a free massage. Staff enjoyed learning about the importance of good posture and exercise, and those that had a massage appeared to enjoy it. 

To help with time management both in work and out, we held a lunch and learn webinar which looked at a four stage approach in order to improve your time management.

May – Wednesday Walk Club & Mental Health Awareness Week

Following on from the information we learnt from Mary and her team at Ellan Vannin, Nick kindly took the lead on the launch of our Wednesday Walk Club, providing a regular opportunity for staff to meet at lunch for a short walk. Sometimes it can be easy to stay at your desk all day, however we know the benefits of moving more and hopefully our Wednesday Walk Club helped create more opportunities to get out for a walk. Evidence shows that exercise can improve your mental wellbeing, so we took the opportunity to support Mental Health Awareness week to coincide with Wednesday Walk Club. 

June – Rounders and the KPMG Prom Run

The firm signed up to two sporting events in June, The Children’s Centre Rounder’s Tournament and the KPMG Prom 10k Run, which was held on Marine Drive. Both events were well attended by staff and provided a good opportunity to work as a team and push their abilities. Out of 36 teams we finished 8th in the rounder’s and we achieved some great times in the KPMG Prom Run, with our fastest Marine Drive Team completing the 10k relay in 48 minutes and 33 seconds. The benchmark has been set, can we beat this in 2020?

July – Team Games

In July the Social Committee organised a work social, which focussed on playing team games on the beach. Unfortunately the evening quickly became a washout as the rain came in, however by all accounts, team games within the pub were a popular substitute!

September – Granite Mann & Active Travel

This year the firm were proud to sponsor the annual Granite Mann Challenge, which is a fund raising charity event run by the Children’s Centre. The event is the only off-road triathlon on the Island and is held at Cringle Reservoir. The firm entered a girls’ team and two individual entries and despite the weather, all that took part enjoyed the event and hopefully will be back again next year to better their times! 

In September Lynsey met with Kara Lee, the Isle of Man Government representative for their active travel Investment plan. The Isle of Man Government have invested £3.8million into an active travel programme to boost the numbers of people cycling and walking to over 20% by 2021. The plan focusses on a 2.5 mile radius of Douglas town centre which covers around 35% of the Islands population. We hope to support this scheme in 2020, so watch this space!

October – World Mental Health Day & Pink Day

To continue our promotion of the importance of mental health, we supported World Mental Health Day.  Each year World Mental Health has a theme, with this year’s theme being the prevention of suicide.  We provided information on leaflets and ran some videos at lunch in the attempt to improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem, to improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide, to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.

Later in the month we helped raising money for the Manx Breast Cancer charity by hosting our annual pink day which involved us all wearing pink and buying lots of pink treats for the staff to enjoy.

November – Mindfulness & Workplace Wellbeing

We looked at Mindfulness this month and invited Mike Kewley in for a lunch and learn session to provide a 60 minute introduction to the topic, exploring the science of wellbeing and the neuroscience of attention and flow. The presentation showed us how we can use our concentration power to enhance our lives and Mike gave us all the opportunity to meditate.

Lynsey and Kate attended the annual Workplace Wellbeing Workshop, which covered the presentations on understanding and adapting to a modern workplace, mental health, the Equality Act, domestic abuse in the workplace and the five side effects of kindness. The speakers were good and it has certainly provided more ideas for 2020! 

December – Christmas Health Benefits

The festive season often comes with a bad reputation when it comes to your health, however having fun and spending quality time with your family and friends is definitely a wellbeing perk of the season!  We enjoyed a Christmas Quiz and a fun Christmas Party, of which the dancing alone more than outweighed any overindulgence of Christmas Dinner or drinks! 

So in essence, this is a very brief snap shot of some of the things we did throughout 2019 to bring a “Health and wellbeing” initiative into our office. We will continue to build on what we have done so far with an aim to continue to help our staff with support that they need to keep a happy and healthy office environment.

Peregrine Tiagnet ICAEW