No matter how productive you believe your workplace is, if you find yourself sitting at your desk eight, nine hours or more a day, then you aren’t being productive or working to your full potential. The best way to ensure that you stay recharged and ready throughout the day is to ensure that you rest, restore and move together with your colleagues. Even if, for 15mins!
We, the rebellious youngsters (and the young-at-heart) at myHarapan, do care about our work and how we perform, so getting rid of those mid-week cranky slumps and keeping fit is important to boost and maintain good morale.
Our HR Jedi Masters have come up with not just one, but three activities to lift and keep our spirits high! We have Selena Gomez blasting every Tuesday and Thursday morning for 15 mins of Zumba, 5 mins laughing therapy on Wednesdays, and to continuously brighten up our spirits on a day-to-day basis, we also attend Muay Thai sessions twice a week.
It is also a way of showing support to social businesses in Malaysia as our trainers from Discover Muay Thai (DMT) are part of Malaysia’s pioneering social businesses, also driven by 2 of our own employees. The one-hour session every Tuesday and Thursday allows us to keep a positive attitude at work, maintain a great energy between us and makes our weekdays even more fabulous. It also helps that our participation contributes to the growth of youth-at-risk who are benefiting from the Discover Muay Thai programme.
The ultimate goal of conducting these sessions is to make our workplace an inherently healthy and happy one. The activities have helped reduce the risk of mental and physical health problems including unhealthy weight gain, anxiety, depression, hypertension and other health disorders.
“There are not many organisations that I know of, that are so genuinely concerned about the employee’s health and overall wellbeing. Offering us Muay Thai training twice a week is a good initiative and we appreciate it!” said Nurul Ain Binti Mohd Yunus, Intern, Youth Engagement Department.
“I believe that a healthier body makes us better learners. I am able to absorb knowledge and contribute so much better after releasing stress. Muay Thai is a great way to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle but is a fun self-defense martial art for women,” she added. “Don’t play-play, I can kick-bums too!”.
Apart from health benefits, these activities have helped build positive relationships between individuals and amongst different teams developing a more vibrant and cohesive company culture.
According to Gallup Poll, people who have a ‘best friend’ at work are seven times more likely to be engaged at the workplace. Our sessions provide us with the opportunity to make us good friends to one another. We support, motivate and encourage each other in work and in life.
“These activities create a good bonding time for all employees. It helps in our daily communication and in getting our tasks completed. If we can sweat it out, punch and kick together, be equally smelly after each session, there is nothing that can stop us as a team! We are the embodiment of Social Business, creating a positive impact, however difficult, but always doing it with joy. The team spirit is off the charts!”, said Shaarane Jay Kumar, Public Relations Executive, Integrated Marketing Communication.
In what seems like a dog-eat-dog world, we are thankful that in creating Jedi masters, myHarapan also cares for us and our wellbeing, keeping us happy and motivated! When we move it, move it, we’ll move it for sure!