Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of the Standard Bank Group has set up a Wellness Unit within its Human Resources Department, to coordinate and implement its Employee Wellness Programme which seeks to cater for the mental, physical and social well being of its staff.
The bank collaborated with LiveWell Initiative to organise wellness fairs across the six geo-political zones for staff to imbibe precepts of healthy living. The fairs which held in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Asaba and Kaduna, featured healthy lifestyle management courses, aerobics, medical checks and consultations.
Isioma Ogodazi, Head of Human Resources, said the programme is the outcome of the report by the bank’s Health Maintenance Organisation which identified top five ailments bedeviling staff to be lifestyle related.
“Wellness of everyone at Stanbic IBTC is important to the Human Resources Department, not just because the bank wants to make more money. We noted an increasingly prevalent trend of young men and women below 30 years old being diagnosed with High Blood Pressure during pre-employment medical tests, which was formerly a rare occurrence.
“The knowledge that over 50 percent of our workforce is under the age of 30, made it necessary for us to adopt a preventive approach which will enable them to achieve optimal levels of health, social and emotional functioning through good nutrition, proper weight control, aerobics, and control of risk factors such as smoking and alcohol. Our goal is to be the healthiest workforce in Nigeria,” Ogodazi stated.
Bimbo Ashiru, Head, Corporate Affairs & CSI emphasised Stanbic IBTC’s commitment to fostering the growth of a healthy workforce. The initiative is to be driven by members of staff committed to a healthy lifestyle; they will also serve as ambassadors for the bank’s wellness programme.