Kopano Bus service is already reaping the benefits of a health and wellness programme which they started in August last year as part of the company strategy to raise awareness about their employee’s health status in an event held on the 15th May 2018 at Lebowakgomo depot.
In Partnership with Momentum Health, the company has So far tested 183 of their staff members for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body fat. A high number of employees particularly drivers had high hypertension and high glucose levels, some overweight and obese.
Creating an onsite wellness programme is already paying of some dividends as more and more of the company employees become aware of their health conditions and this leads to greater productivity and reductions in work related ill health and absenteeism.
Speaking in the same event, Executive Director, Olivia Maponya called on all Kopano employees to have a deeper look at themselves and ask if they really know who they are. “As Directors and management you are a priority to us and as such we feel that your lives are very important to us and it must start with you” she said.
Mashadi Makobe from Momentum Health provided information gained from the previous tests to show that employees can use the past test results to improve their health conditions. She also gave a few tips for drivers. She said “Drivers must take regular breaks, eat before getting into the bus and always carry a bottle of water inside the bus”
One of the company loyal and long serving employees, Evans Mohale says the regular tests are an eye opener to him because he now knows his health risks. He also thanked the company for bringing the services closer to him and his fellow employees because it is not easy for them to go a local clinic to do the tests.
The health and wellness programme is held quarterly in an effort to improve employee’s health and financial wellness. A correctly designed wellness program can increase productivity, boost morale and reduce stress. Wellness programs help employees make smart and healthy choices that can reduce health care costs, increase vitality and diminish absenteeism.