Tandem’s Thrive committee was established to promote a healthy workplace, one in which we all collaborate to improve, protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our staff and contractors.
The Tandem EHS and Wellness Initiative comprises of regular communication and engagement initiatives covering:
- Stress management
- Exercise & mobility information, demos, classes
- Sun safety
- Winter readiness
- Office safety
- Safety in the home
- Fire safety training
- Waste management
- Energy use & reduction tips
In 2021 the Thrive committee offered a series of initiatives to encourage social interaction, albeit virtually, to stave off some of the adverse effects of lockdowns on our team’s wellbeing.
Initiatives included pilates classes, exercise groups, art and photography competitions, healthy eating initiatives and our book club. Lunch and learn talks included topics of nutrition and hydration, mindfulness, resilience, sun safety and skin cancer awareness, ophthalmic health and gardening!
During 2021 our exercise groups successfully completed challenges such as virtually running the distance from Cork to Cheltenham and cycling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way. Thrive also ran three very successful and rewarding competitions this year, two photography and one children’s art completion. The aim was to encourage the whole family’s enjoyment of nature. Some of the entries for these competitions can still be found on our website.
Thrive undertook a mid-year survey and received an overwhelmingly positive response as well as comments and suggestions for activities. The positive response means that Thrive retained a lot of initiatives such as our Cycling, Walking and Running Groups, the Book Club continues to meet and we continue to send healthy recipe ideas to help with meal planning.
New initiatives include a gardening group with Mags Coughlan, Head Gardener in Ballymaloe House. Mags will join our gardening group once per quarter to discuss what’s happening in the garden during the coming season and what jobs are required to keep everything growing. Other new initiatives include HITT classes and language groups.
Thrive is delighted with the levels of participation in its wellbeing initiatives to date and look forward to delivering a fulfilling programme again in 2022.