Dart awarded Best in Wellness for second consecutive year

For the second year in a row, Dart has earned the Cayman Award for Human Resources Excellence - Best in Wellness from the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals (CISHRP).

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 program 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 has 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.” These include health screenings, free ‘lunch and learn’ sessions on a variety of topics, sponsorship of community walks and runs, and $100 reimbursement for gym memberships, exercise equipment, stress management seminars, and smoking cessation or weight reduction plans.

Through the programme, Rohan Marshall, a senior site safety manager for Dart Development l Decco was able to achieve his goals of getting in shape and competing in triathlons.

"I was on my own fitness journey; if it wasn't for the Dart Wellness programme, I don't think I would have been able to continue the way I was," says Marshall.

“Both the physical and mental initiatives we offer are popular,” says Fiebig, “but it’s amazing to see how our Lunch and Learn sessions fill up as soon as they’re announced. It’s evidence that people no longer believe in only physical exercise, but also in the benefits of mental wellbeing.” One of the most popular sessions educates participants on mental health and stress management in the workplace.

“Dart has always considered health and wellness vital components of employee engagement, which in turn impacts the productivity and retention of our employees,” says Juliet Du Feu, Dart Enterprises Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Dart’s approach to wellness reflects the company’s focus on the importance of investing today in what are long term benefits that will be realised in the future.

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 Camana Bay visitors alike.

“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.

Visitors to Camana Bay also have a chance to participate in a number of health-related events including the annual Santa Run in December and Pilates for Pink held in October, the Town Centre’s official wellness month.