Companies across Barbados are being urged to provide an avenue for their workers to get necessary health checks and critical information on how to improve their overall health and well-being.
This recommendation has come from Resident Nurse at the Sandy Lane Hotel Kimberley Hinds, who was this year’s lead organizer of the five-diamond hotel’s annual health and financial fair.
Hinds told Barbados TODAY the over ten-year-old event continued to be highly anticipated by the more than 700 hotel staff members, who have been asking about it from as early as July.
“I think all businesses should have a health fair because then you are looking out for your staff. You need to show them love and appreciation,” said Hinds.
Throughout the day, staff members received health tips and had the opportunity to have their blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure checked.
They also took advantage of the chance to sign up for various loyalty card programmes with some retailers, do some shopping for clothing and household items, sign up for an account with select financial institutions or take out a policy with select insurance companies. There were 35 vendors this year.
Hinds said it was not unusual for her to get complaints from staff members of feeling ill. She said it was necessary for staff to be at their best at all times so they can deliver exceptional service to the guests.
“We love what we do here so we have to be certain that we are healthy. I always promote a healthy lifestyle for the workers,” she said.
“Most people will say they want lifestyle changes. We are especially targeting those persons with high blood pressure and diabetes to show them what lifestyle changes they can adapt – [how to] make healthier choices in food and exercise,” said Hinds. (MM)