Thu 03 / 11 / 16
Employee wellness: why you should aim for the back of the net
Drewberry has recently had the privilege of joining Brighton’s Chamber of Commerce. We’re very pleased to be a member — it’s just one of the ways we’re looking to play a part in the Brighton business community and we’re sure it’s the start of a long and prosperous relationship.
Another way Drewberry is participating (admittedly with a more competitive mindset) is through our sponsorship of the company’s five-a-side team, which plays in a league on Wednesday nights against seven other local businesses. Our football team of Brighton-based Financial Advisers plays in the Falmer league, which is put together by FirmBalls, a leading UK organiser of small-sided football tournaments exclusively for businesses and professionals.
Drewberry's football team of Fianancial Advisers (clockwise from top left): Sam Carr, Rob Harvey, Abs Mechial, Kay Mechial, Sam Barr-Worsfold, Meena Ibrahim, Josh Martin, James Rivers, Oliver Evans.
Fighting fit: for employers as well as employees
Not only is it a great way to have fun, keep fit and socialise, but because the leagues are made up of companies it’s also a chance to grab some networking opportunities in between tackles. We’re always keen to meet other companies in our area and discuss ways we can work together, and playing in a league with other local businesses is one way we try to do that. So at Drewberry, we’d recommend that anyone thinking of taking part in a league like this should definitely give it a go.
The football team is not the only sporting endeavour we encourage. Through our Drewberry Active programme, we also organise squash evenings for our Brighton team there and we’re about to introduce the initiative to our London office. Watch this space!
Healthy employees for a healthy bottom line
There are significant benefits companies can reap from a more active workforce. A healthier employee is generally a happier employee. Moreover, numerous studies have shown that the benefits of regular exercise can mean a reduction in employee absence due to illness through shorter recovery times and lower risk of more serious, long-term illnesses.
These factors can also improve employee retention, cutting down on recruitment costs, by boosting productivity, staff morale and team cohesion. Savings and improved turnover can quickly outweigh any spend on promoting employee wellness, making it a particularly good investment for many employers.
Of course, the main benefits are to the employees involved through improved health and fitness. As part of what we do as financial advisers is link our customers to insurers for policies such as Critical Illness, Health Insurance, Income Protection and Life Insurance, Drewberry know firsthand how important it is to stay fit and healthy.
We deal with insurers for our customers day in, day out, so we know exactly how quickly premiums can spiral upwards if you don’t take care of your health. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are two key ways to keep a lid on premiums for these types of insurance, because the healthier you are, the less likely you are to get ill.
That’s why we try to encourage our workforce at Drewberry to be as active as possible: it’s good for our employees, good for us, and could be good for your business, too.
Thank you to Bronja Whitlock of Drewberry for providing this blog.
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