Healthy staff, healthier workplace

Since the launch of its Employee Wellness Initiative (EWI) in November 2020, Baiduri Bank has held multiple activities at its headquarters to promote wellness lifestyle practices among staff. Wrapping up the first quarter of this year’s activities was a health talk and workshop delivered by Dr On Sui Chee from Lee Clinic and Dispensary at the Baiduri Community Space on March 24.

Over 50 staff members joined the workshop that covered heart health and diabetes, two of the biggest non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Brunei Darussalam. The bank’s Learning and Development Unit also introduced activities to highlight healthy nutrition habits as well as everyday wellness practices.

Brunei Halal was also participated, where staff sampled healthy products endorsed by the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) at the Ministry of Health. As the bank recognises the importance of wellness on staff productivity, this workshop was considered as part of
staff development.

The bank has also held activities geared towards encouraging Baiduri staff to nourish their physical health and mental well-being throughout the past three months.

The wellness activities kicked off in February with a workshop and training session for the Baiduri Wellness Ambassadors – selected staff who champion a wellness culture among colleagues. The workshop was held in collaboration with HPC to equip the Wellness Ambassadors with the basic understanding of healthy diets and nutrition as well as the importance of physical exercise within the workplace.

The ambassadors were also trained how to use Baiduri’s in-house basic health monitoring equipment such as blood pressure monitors, glucose and cholesterol machines, and the body mass index (BMI) scale to be equipped to conduct health check related initiatives as needed in the bank.

Staff during the health talk. PHOTO: BAIDURI BANK

The bank launched ‘Feel Good Fridays’ (FGF), a series under the EWI that commits to hold monthly activities led by the Baiduri Wellness Ambassadors. The first event in the series focussed on preparing healthy and convenient meals for working professionals guided by certified health and fitness nutritionist and Fuel’d owner Shazrinah binti Shazali.

On the success of the initiative among staff, Head of Group Human Resources and Administration Veronica Chong said, “We are very pleased with our progress on advocating wellness within Baiduri Bank so far.  It shows that our staff are interested in becoming healthier and to achieve good work-life-balance.

“We will be looking to hold more activities and collaborate with medical experts and local vendors to better engage and raise awareness among staff on the importance of nutrition, physical and mental health.”

Baiduri Bank CEO Ti Eng Hui explained that the EWI recognises the need to promote a healthy well-being as it can have many benefits, including happier staff.

“Our success greatly depends on the productivity and performance of our staff. This ability to function and perform at a high level consistently hinges on having a workforce that is happy, healthy and resilient in both mind and body,” he said.

The goal of the EWI’s activities is to enhance staff engagement within the bank, promoting good working culture and well-being. For the rest of the year, continuous activities and different wellness themes will be held, aiming to foster group interactions and community involvement as well as to nurture the staff’s overall well-being with a focus on mental health.