The health of our employees is integral to the growth and development of our business.” That’s according to Pharmaceutical Development Manager at BS&T Lennox Prescod, who recently made a cogent case for developing a sustainable programme designed to improve the health of employees.
On April 11, health practitioners, communication professionals and Health and Safety officers across the Neal & Massy Group met at Neal & Massy Automotive to discuss exciting avenues that could be explored in the area of health and wellness. Mr. Prescod led the discussions citing evidence of the need to invest time, money and resources into promoting healthier attitudes and behaviours. “The data is there and it proves that more people are dying because of poor eating habits, an inactive lifestyle and a lack of knowledge. Management and staff must address these issues head on.”
The Pharmaceutical Development Manager elaborated on what he called a “patient centric” approach to managing health issues. According to him, this shift ensures that patients now have the responsibility to manage their health and ask the relevant questions. Whilst he acknowledged the doctor’s role in health care, Mr. Prescod maintained that patients must feel empowered enough to honestly share their concerns with doctors, conduct independent research and make informed choices. “When we put patients at the center, they have to bear the burden for their health and it actually works out better. The doctors in Barbados are responding well to this and patients like to track their own results.”
Marketing Manager at Super Centre Karen Alleyne, also weighed in with an overview of her company’s unique approach to health care. Endorsing Mr. Prescod’s call for employees to take their health more seriously, Ms. Alleyne encouraged the audience to use team competitions and various incentives to motivate employees to get active. One such competition, the Pedometer Challenge, has encouraged most of Ms. Alleyne’s colleagues to walk thousands of steps in their quest to battle the bulge. As the two speakers commended Tracmac Engineering for placing a high value on health and wellness, they advised others in the audience to start small. “From what I hear, Tracmac is doing great things. For the rest of you, just start small. Make small and noteworthy steps toward saving your lives,” Mr. Prescod urged.
Neal & Massy Limited will host a series of sessions centered on health, safety and wellness on May 2 and 4. They remain committed to engaging in meaningful activities that focus on the health and wellbeing of its employees.