Across ITW, wellness programs help build healthy communities in the workplace. Within our decentralized culture, each business is able to tailor its activities to meet the needs of its team.
At Trident, which manufactures industrial ink jet print heads and inks, the focus is on learning about wellness and opportunities to lead healthier lives.
Throughout the year, the Brookfield, Connecticut-based business offers a number of lunch and learn events on a variety of health and wellness topics. “At one of the best sessions, we brought a chef in from a local hospital to host a healthy cooking demonstration and talk about sourcing local foods,” said Eric Schonenberg, an application engineer who is Trident’s Wellness Champion. “The team here really enjoyed the meal and learning from the chef.” In addition, Trident team members have developed a vegetable garden using the land outside their building. The team plants a variety of vegetables, including long beans, lemongrass, kale, tomatoes and squash.
Trident team members also work together to promote physical fitness activities at work. For example, the business unit manager mapped out the parking lot and access road to determine the distance, and team members often head out to walk a couple of laps during breaks, even in the cold winter.Colleagues also take turns leading “Stretch & Flex,” which has become a part of the morning routine to get the whole team moving around. Involvement in the wellness program has been consistently strong. More than 80 percent of Trident team members participated in a recent biometric screening event.
Schonenberg attributes much of Trident’s success to the efforts of his predecessor. “Before I took on this role, the previous Wellness Champion was great at getting colleagues involved, and that’s what inspired me to take over when it was time for her to pass the torch.”
Human Ressource Generalist, ITW Electronics Group, Carol Stream, Illinois
“I’ve been a Wellness Champion since we started our wellness incentive programs in 2012. I like the educational aspect and that it’s helpful to everyone in the business. As a result of participating in the program, a few team members realized they had chronic health conditions when they had their wellness screening. If they had not participated in the screening, they may have found out much later. Thankfully, they are now treating their conditions and I think that has inspired others to be more active in our wellness program.”
Manufacturing Engineer, ITW CIP, Gallatin, Tennessee
“Being a Wellness Champion gives me the opportunity to be involved in something at ITW outside the scope of engineering. I think the lunch and learn events are the best part. We gain valuable information, and I think many of our team members apply what they learn in order to better their health.”
Marketing and Communication Specialist, Kester, Itasca, Illinois
“I have been Kester’s Wellness Champion since June 2015, and I enjoy helping my fellow colleagues live a healthier life and carrying out the Living Well at ITW standards. This past year, we had an on-site exercise class, and we are gearing up for more programs in 2016, starting with a weight management program.”