THE BOTTOM, Saba — The Public Entity Saba has launched the Employee Wellbeing Program to prioritize the development of all its employees. The program offers personal and professional growth through a six-month initiative and is focused on Leadership and Management. A team of eight professional coaches with diverse expertise was carefully selected to ensure the program’s success. The Employee Wellbeing Program addresses various areas, including emotional, mental, physical, creative, and energetic development.
The program consists of activities, workshops, and training sessions that focus on employees’ capabilities such as communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and work-life balance. Participants benefit from personalized coaching, group workshops, interactive discussions, and strategies relevant to both their professional and personal life. By investing in employees, the Public Entity Saba demonstrates its commitment to creating a positive working culture and ensures long-term success for its employees.
The program is aimed to empower employees to reach their full potential and thrive in their roles, fostering a meaningful and fulfilling life and career. This joined collaboration was curated by the HRM and Public Health departments.
Two registration groups were formed for the Employee Wellbeing Program: a “steady group” and a “flexible group.” The decision was made to accommodate employees with unpredictable work schedules, allowing them to choose between committing fully to the steady group or opting for the flexibility of the other group. Each group has a capacity of 12 employees, ensuring a manageable and engaging experience.
Participants were encouraged to acknowledge and express their emotions, create a positive train of thought, prioritize physical well-being, and find their personal outlets for creative expression. The program also highlights self-reflection, solution-oriented thinking, and creates a safe space for open communication and understanding. Brenda Tjipjes, Head of the HRM Department, designer and organizer of the program, emphasized to participants the importance of full commitment to the Employee Wellbeing Program for achieving significant personal change.
She advised all participants, including those in the flexible group, to stay committed and complete the entire program to experience the full range of personal and professional benefits that the program offers. The Employee Wellbeing Program consists of two learning days per month from April to November, with a summer break in July and August. Five reputable organizations are involved in delivering the program along with key individuals from the Public Entity Saba.
Peter Bennen from Centaur Group was the first coach in the Employee Wellbeing Program to meet with employees. He Presented a program that consisted of visual, verbal, and interactive engagements amongst those in attendance. Bennen’s two-day training course was designed to empower individuals to have control over one’s emotions, self-reflect, enhance collaboration, and overall personal and professional growth in life.
Bennen covered various topics such as self-awareness, understanding of the brain and its connection to unconscious processes, neuro-programming, and diverse learning systems. The course also touched on the power of positive language, both vulnerability and courage, assertiveness in saying ‘No,’ managing people and dealing with resistance, and fostering pride in personal achievements.
By engaging with these subjects, participants can develop effective communication skills, properly regulate their emotions, and transform their vulnerabilities into strengths. The training was also aimed to create a conscious and motivated setting that promoted collaborative success and fulfilment in working together.
Allan Carolina, Health Promoter at the Public Entity Saba also had the opportunity to have a day session for both groups which was coined “The Magic of Movement”. Carolina characterizes “movement” as conscious and subconscious thoughts and actions. Throughout these sessions he informed the groups on the importance of movement and how it impacts our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Carolina further informs the groups on how many of these traits enable you to be consciously aware of self, and accountable in the way you interact with people you commonly encounter. Carolina touched on both subconscious and conscious movement detailing the differences. Carolina allowed for interactive moments throughout his sessions, where the groups were able to partake in moments of dancing, cardio, yoga, and stretching.
The session also had a segment for nutritional education where he discussed food categories, their specific benefits, and how providing your body with the correct nutrients discourages feelings of fatigue and encourages the likeliness of conscious movement. By incorporating this into our daily routine, we can unlock our full potential and live life to the fullest. An additional day was scheduled to focus on the recovery of each registrant. This was done through a wellness session that lasted 30-minutes and was performed by Carolina.