For the second year in a row, Dart earned the Cayman Award for Human Resources Excellence award for the best wellness programme from the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals. The award was given during the society’s annual gala awards evening at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
The Best in Wellness award goes to the company that has shown care and effort to improve the lives of its employees by providing and promoting a healthy work environment. Offered to all employees, the Dart Wellness programme provides them with easy access to a wide variety of health- and wellness-related initiatives and benefits.
In 2013, Dart Wellness was formally established as a committee-run programme tasked to encourage the pursuit of a healthy mind, body and spirit. With 13 members from various departments, the committee keeps busy with organising a minimum of two activities per month, from meditation and mental health classes to “Olympic” competitions, run/walks and dominoes tournaments. Several of these are extended to the immediate family members of Dart employees.
“Opportunities to improve one’s health have been made available to employees since the company’s early days,” says Dart Wellness Committee Chair Kelly Fiebig, who also works as a senior financial accountant at Dart.
“Today, we have a formal vehicle that provides all sorts of opportunities for our employees to be mindful of their mental and physical welfare.”
Dart has always considered health and wellness vital components of employee engagement, which in turn impacts the productivity and retention of our employees. Juliet Du Feu
Some of the opportunities include health screenings, free “lunch and learn” sessions on a variety of topics, sponsorship of community walks/runs, and $100 wellness reimbursement benefit that can be used for things like gym memberships, exercise equipment, stress management seminars, smoking cessation programmes, weight reduction plans or even therapeutic massages.
Fiebig says both the physical and mental initiatives Dart offers are popular.
“It’s evidence that people no longer believe in only physical exercise, but also in the benefits of mental well-being,” she says, adding that one of the most popular sessions educates participants on mental health and stress management in the workplace.
Through the programme, Rohan Marshall, a senior site safety manager for Dart Development/Decco, was able to achieve his goals of getting in shape and competing in triathlons.
“I was on my own fitness journey,” he says. “If it wasn’t for the Dart Wellness programme, I don’t think I would have been able to continue the way I was.”
Dart Enterprises Senior Vice President of Human Resources Juliet Du Feu said the Dart Wellness programme reflects the company’s focus on the importance of investing today in long-term benefits that will be realised in the future.
“Dart has always considered health and wellness vital components of employee engagement, which in turn impacts the productivity and retention of our employees,” she says.
The emphasis on health and wellness is further manifested in Dart projects with placemaking at its core, such as Camana Bay. The Town Centre and surrounding spaces offer an ideal environment in which to pursue a healthy lifestyle, with recreational and wellness activities for both Dart employees and others living on Grand Cayman.
“So not only do we work for a company that regularly encourages its employees to explore the many ways that health and wellness initiatives can improve their lives, we also work for a company with a track record of creating public spaces that promote well-being and encourage wellness activities,” says Du Feu.