In 2015, the Vancouver-based branch of Teekay Shipping formed a wellness committee, geared towards supporting their 200 employees in leading healthier lives at work.
Using the Canadian Cancer Society’s workplace wellness materials, Teekay focused on 4 main health topics – healthy eating, physical activity, screening and early detection and mental health – which were identified through internal survey data. Teekay was able to generate large-scale interest in their wellness program through educational sessions and a series of challenges that got their employees up and practising healthy habits.
Examples of program activities include employees tracking their average heart rate, blood pressure, weight and BMI via a health monitor station in the Teekay kitchen that connected to an online portal. They also implemented a 10,000 steps-in-a-day challenge, which helped energize employees to boost their physical activity through the power of social support.
Recently, Teekay participated in the Global Corporate Challenge where hundreds of thousands of employees from companies across the globe competed in a series of health and wellness challenges. Using the physical activity material from the Canadian Cancer Society, Teekay took home the Global Corporate Challenge trophy for “Most Active Organization” in the transportation and logistics category!