16 May 2017
In the past year alone Infineum colleagues around the globe have participated in many activities to promote health and wellbeing, here are just a few examples of the amazing things they have been doing.
Colleagues in New Jersey were especially active over the summer months, participating in both the 2016 American Heart Walk and the 6th Annual New Jersey Sharing Network Celebration of Life 5K . The Heart Walk raised $2265 for the American Heart Foundation, helping to provide vital funds, assisting them in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The participants were presented with the ‘Fit-Friendly Gold Award’ and the ‘Innovative Worksite Recognition Award’ which recognise worksites that go above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health. Meanwhile 53 colleagues entered a team into the Celebration of Life 5K and raised a total of $3,030. Overall, 10,000 people participated in the event with 1,232 registered runners collecting over $1M for this charity; providing incredible support to help save lives through organ and tissue donations.
Over in Singapore, colleagues trained hard and entered a team into the 17th Annual Jurong Island Dragonboat Race in July. The event united individuals from all functions of Infineum to have fun, exercise together and work as a team towards a common goal.
Summer was also an active time for colleagues at Infineum UK. As footballers gathered for their annual charity football match and raised £400 for Infineum UK’s charity of the year – Autism Family Support, an Oxfordshire based charity that provides care and support to families affected by autism in the local area.
The drive for health and wellbeing at Infineum UK was not limited to football. Organised by Infusion (Infineum UK’s consultative body), colleagues were encouraged to take part in a virtual 2,000 mile walking tour of Infineum’s European Manufacturing sites. In just over two weeks starting mid-August, roughly 30 colleagues collectively clocked up the four million steps needed to reach Infineum sites in Berre, France; Vado, Italy; and Cologne, Germany, before heading back to Milton Hill in the UK.
Moving further into the year, it was the turn of Mexican colleagues to demonstrate their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. In October, Mexico colleagues, contractors, trainees and family members trained for several weeks to prepare for the “Carrera por la salud” or “Race for health” in El Salto. This is an annual race which promotes health and wellbeing by inviting all companies in the city’s industrial corridor to participate. Every year colleagues from El Salto and their families partake, each year their results improve; this year resulted in 1st place in one category and 2nd place in another and an excellent bonding experience for all involved.
In November, colleagues from Infineum Shanghai and their families participated in a two day hiking tour to Mount Morgan, aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving collaboration skills. Jessie Chen, Technical Service Analyst in CBTC, commented: “Healthy lifestyle has always been strongly advocated by our company and this hiking tour further reinforced the importance of staying fit and healthy. I’m very grateful to the company for organising such an excellent event. It feels good to work for a company that really cares about its employees from every aspect.”
Throughout the year of 2016, Infineum Brazil HR colleagues organised a running group who, with family and guests, participated in three circuit runs and three walking trails to encourage colleagues to integrate, get to know each other and enjoy the environment. Igor Ramos, Maintenance Steward, said: “The run group provides a great opportunity to interact and enjoy the company of other colleagues from different functions. It gives us a healthier lifestyle, showing how good and enjoyable it is to take part in these activities. I thank HR for this opportunity.” In 2017 Infineum Brazil HR offered gym memberships to colleagues to encourage a healthier life.
As we welcome in 2017, health and wellbeing remains a key focus for Infineum colleagues. As part of a recent Women’s Health Day celebration, colleagues in Italy attended a session at Vado on ‘women’s health’. Dr Marina Astengo talked to colleagues about “women knowing their strength and being drivers of community health” and the discussion on health and wellbeing continued over lunch where they were presented with a little bunch of mimosa to celebrate the day.
Infineum colleagues show no boundaries when it comes to finding ways to achieve their healthier lifestyle goals, to get fit and to raise money for charity. In this past year alone we have seen activities including walking, running, hiking, rowing and playing football. As we progress through 2017 we look forward to hearing of the many other ways our colleagues find to promote health and wellbeing at Infineum.