As we come to the end of a challenging year and anticipate future successes for 2022, the EPC-UK leadership team wants to support all employees and their families in continuing to achieve their Commit to be Fit personal pledges, so everyone can put New Year’s resolutions in place with the potential to make a difference. 

As an employer, EPC-UK respects the significant amount of time and energy its employees spend working, and as such takes the safety, health and wellbeing of staff very seriously, as Managing Director, Ben Williams explains:

“2021 has put further unexpected demands upon our hardworking teams, and we’ve valued beyond measure each individual’s efforts to perform ‘above and beyond’ in fulfilling their roles and delivering for our customers through difficult times. 

“Our employees’ wellbeing is vital and contributes substantially to our company’s ability to perform. We want to support them in their ongoing pursuits to lead healthier, happier lives both physically and mentally, especially as they continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic environment personally and professionally, which has again this year had health and wellbeing implications for many across the country.   

“By engaging with our “Commit to be Fit” initiative, which is based around the three key elements of commitment, achievement, and excellence, we hope to encourage our teams to benefit physically, explore healthier lifestyle choices, and bring effective practices into their everyday lives to help with mental wellbeing.” 

As an employer, EPC-UK respects the significant amount of time and energy its employees spend working, and as such takes the safety, health and wellbeing of staff very seriously, as Managing Director, Ben Williams explains:

“2021 has put further unexpected demands upon our hardworking teams, and we’ve valued beyond measure each individual’s efforts to perform ‘above and beyond’ in fulfilling their roles and delivering for our customers through difficult times. 

“Our employees’ wellbeing is vital and contributes substantially to our company’s ability to perform. We want to support them in their ongoing pursuits to lead healthier, happier lives both physically and mentally, especially as they continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic environment personally and professionally, which has again this year had health and wellbeing implications for many across the country.   

“By engaging with our “Commit to be Fit” initiative, which is based around the three key elements of commitment, achievement, and excellence, we hope to encourage our teams to benefit physically, explore healthier lifestyle choices, and bring effective practices into their everyday lives to help with mental wellbeing.” 

According to the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), mental health related issues are the most common cause of long-term sickness absence in UK workplaces, and while we are yet to understand what the full mental health impact of COVID-19 will be on people in the UK, The Office for National Statistics has recorded that around 1 in 5 (21%) adults experienced some form of depression in early 2021; which is more than double that observed before the pandemic (10%). 

In addition, information released by NHS England has stated that people currently seeking NHS help to lose weight are on average five pounds heavier than people on the same programme three years prior to the 2020 lockdown.

“We’re here to support our team physically and mentally,” Ben continues, “and want to signpost new employees to the company scheme, which is available to everyone.  Designed to encourage an active interest in health, whilst providing help and guidance on a range of topics from nutrition and exercise to mindfulness and mental health, “Commit to be Fit” demonstrates EPC-UK’s pledge to The Workplace Wellbeing Charter.”

A nationally recognised statement of intent to show an employer’s responsibility for the health and wellbeing of its staff, the Charter is used to audit and benchmark against an established and independent set of standards and focuses on three key areas, leadership, culture and communication.

Supporting this, EPC-UK created three key elements for its own Commit to be Fit programme: 

Commitment, to the health, safety and wellbeing of staff

Achievement, where employees are actively encouraged to lead healthier lifestyles

Excellence, providing easily accessible information, intervention programmes and a support mechanism to all employees to help them stay safe and happy.

As well as receiving support and guidance to reach their chosen targets, employees new to the Commit to be Fit programme will be issued with a fitness activity tracker and be given access to a Wellness Programme Portal which aims to keep staff engaged and motivated as they work towards a healthy, well-adjusted lifestyle.

“By choosing three goals that could help to make a difference, the Commit to be Fit target is realistic and hopefully, achievable,” Ben adds. “Whether those goals include going for a 30 minute walk a day, making breathing exercises part of your morning routine, embarking on a healthier eating plan, or even starting training for a local half marathon or fun run, each personal choice will work towards creating change for the better, and we’re here to support employees along the way.”

For more information about the Commit to be Fit programme get in touch with Julie.wootton@epc-groupe.co.uk