Firstbeat Life helps boost corporate well-being for individuals and companies. To see how, we spoke to Leijona Catering employees after they had the chance to test the new service.
“It has been interesting to notice that driving relaxes me. While I’m driving, my graphs are only showing green recovery pretty much all the time. And although I, of course, knew that alcohol is not good for you before, it has still been valuable to see how even a couple glasses of wine affect my sleep. If I want to recover from a hard week of work, for sure, alcohol is not the best way to do that.”
– Petri Väisänen, IT Manager
“The measurements have proven that the small changes I have made have had an actual impact. The first results I got were so rough that I have since tried to add both calming moments and exercise to my days and avoid overloading. It’s been great to notice how in only a couple months there’s been quite a significant step forward both in my results and in how I feel.”
– Johanna Kotiniemi, Communications Assistant
Improving well-being at work and at home
The company provides catering services to the Finnish army and has over 500 employees and has a strong desire to take care of their employees. It has found that Firstbeat Life – as a holistic wellness solution that uses reliable, trusted data – has proven a vital tool in achieving this.
“The well-being of our personnel is very important for us. That’s why it’s crucial all our employees, supervisors and the management realize that health and well-being are built both at work and during free time,” says Heidi Kolehmainen, the HR Manager for Leijona Catering.
Starting a conversation
Firstbeat Life helps a lot when it comes to better understanding wellness, according to Kolehmainen. After starting to use the service, well-being in general, and ways to improve it, have started to come up in casual discussions between employees. The Firstbeat Life solution also includes company-wide reporting that gives management vital anonymized insights and data on well-being and the factors impacting it across the business.
“Tasks, teams, and people are different. This is where Firstbeat Life has provided eye-opening data for both the individuals and the company. Management has been able to use the data to manage and support employees and teams. But it also helps each employee to better understand their reactions and the best ways to act. For example, what are the things that help their recovery,” Kolehmainen says.
“We want our employees to feel that we care about their well-being and recovery. It’s not meant to be a single wellness event or a one-time measurement.”
“Data about remote work will become valuable”
When it comes to the employer, Firstbeat Life is more than a single measurement or report, too. It offers regular comprehensive company-level data to help guide organizations in taking the right actions.
“We want to take a strategic approach to employee well-being management. The more insights we have, the better we can target the right actions where they are most needed. For instance, individual and company-level data about remote working will become increasingly valuable. We need to know how our personnel is doing and how they react under constant change and insecurity,” Kolehmainen explains.
Robot vacuum cleaner unlocks time for relaxing
Remote work has suited Johanna, a communications assistant at Leijona Catering. She first measured her well-being with the Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment when she was still working at the office, right before the corona epidemic hit. During the summer she started using the new Firstbeat Life service.
“I’m a social hermit and I enjoy my own quiet time,” Johanna shares. “Aside from remote working, I have introduced other small changes to my every-day life, since the first measurement results made me think a lot. Among other things, I bought a robot vacuum cleaner. It’s a small but concrete example of how I have tried to fit more time for recovery into my busy family life with small children.”
The Firstbeat Life app has helped Johanna and her colleagues to regularly follow up and check the impact of small and larger changes.
“My overall scores have risen from 44 to over 70 in a couple of months! In the future, because it is easy to use the measurement device and the app, I plan to follow my body’s reactions during different periods: busy work weeks and more peaceful times,” says Johanna. “With that, I should be able to find a better balance between stress and recovery.”
IT Manager Petri shares the view that Firstbeat Life helps him to track his well-being when he wants to know what’s going on with his body.
“Rather than at certain intervals, I want to take measurements in different situations and surroundings. And through that, find out how I am doing at each moment and which things have an impact on me.”
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