ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. moves to improve overall well-being of employees
As Barbados moves closer to the January 1, 2013 proclamation of the Safety and Health at Work Act, a leading Barbados conglomerate has moved proactively to improve the overall well-being of its employees.
ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. is implementing a number of initiatives through ANSA Safety and Wellness. Just recently, the Group hosted a number of sessions on diabetes management and preventative care including blood sugar testing and advice to some 100 employees across the group and a number of its subsidiaries including McEnearney Quality Inc., Consolidated Finance, Brydens Insurance, and Trimart at Haggatt Hall. And in November over 150 members of the Group participated in the Nation Funathlon, bringing home two top prizes – First in Biggest Registered Company and First in Biggest Group. Participants wore t-shirts branded with ANSA McAL’s new “Healthy U” logo.
The response to the Health & Wellness programme has been tremendous so far, says Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager, Kevin Drayton. “The programme was born out of one of the Group’s employee-centred core values. With the state of the economy, the stressors that we face, and the upcoming proclamation of the Safety and Health at Work Act we wanted to support employees in making healthier choices in both their home and work lives. Safety and wellness at work is inextricably linked to personal well-being and safety. Through this programme staff are now able to focus more on their personal well-being and this can have a positive impact on their work lives. Ultimately, we’re seeking buy-in for workplace health and safety through encouraging and facilitating safety and wellness personally. The programme is designed to be sustainable in the long-term.”
Esther Rouse, Administrative Assistant to the Group Finance Director believes the initiatives are bringing staff closer together. “I’m taking part because I want to feel part of the group as one big family. We work at different locations and we don’t get a chance to come together as often as we’d like but this kind of initiative brings us together and promotes greater interaction. Through the programme ANSA McAL is showing that it’s not only interested in returns but in the well-being of its human resources.”
Ms. Rouse added, “I believe that a happier and healthier employee can perform better on the job and that my employer cares enough about me to initiate something like this. It boosts the morale of employees.”
In 2013 the diabetes management and preventative care initiative will focus on foot care as well as free testing equipment for staff. Also, managers and staff will be trained in areas related to the Act; so far 15 members of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee have received training in First Aid.
President and CEO of ANSA McAL, Nicholas Mouttet, said that the Group is committed to achieving the highest standards in Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) performance through the Safety and Wellness programme, a group HSE policy statement, and a systematic management system approach where managers are held accountable for making health, safety and wellness a priority in their areas of responsibility. “We want to be a Best Employer and be known for building a healthier, safer work environment for our employees, contractors and visitors,” he said.