Mississauga, May 7, 2021—In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, Lafarge Eastern Canada is pleased to highlight and celebrate the recent implementation of Wellness@Lafarge—a program designed to support employees’ overall health and wellbeing at work and in their everyday lives.
The health footprint resulting from the Covid-19 global pandemic can be felt in all realms of life. After more than a year of continued uncertainty, stress resulting from the ongoing crisis is taking a physical and psychological toll on us all: we understand that fatigue is real. With Health & Safety being a top priority for Lafarge Canada, promoting and supporting our employees’ wellness—a core component of overall health and wellbeing—is fundamental.
“2021 continues to bring with it challenges that can be felt in the intangible—yet very real—effects that the pandemic is having on our everyday wellbeing. As a purpose led business, achieving wellness is a positive sum game, contributing to workplace engagement and our ability to live balanced and healthy lives” explains David Redfern, CEO, Lafarge Eastern Canada.
One of the program’s highlights includes the rollout of Headspace: a mindfulness application available for all employees to download free of charge directly on their personal devices. The app features a host of material to suit every need—from stress management tips, to guided meditation, narrated bedtime content to improve sleep quality, nutrition advice, physical workout activities and breathing exercises. “Through this offering, we are equipping employees with tools they can rely on to better cope with and manage stress, calm the mind, gain perspective, and maintain balance so they can tackle the day with readiness and focus,” continues David.
“In addition to the program’s tools, the essence and value of Wellness@Lafarge resides in the internal community we are cultivating, where talking about how we feel is encouraged and normalized,” explains Jessica Assaf, Program Lead. “Through the content we share on our communication channels, the wellness-inspired activities we organize across Eastern Canada, the support we get from our Wellness Ambassador at the local level, and leadership endorsement at the senior management level, Wellness@Lafarge is intended to bring mental health and overall wellness discussions to the forefront as a normal part of our corporate dialogue and culture,” she concludes.
While the current situation was not the reason for Wellness@Lafarge’s implementation, it certainly served as a catalyst and brought forward the need to further enhance Lafarge’s offering in Eastern Canada, ensuring employees have access to tools that can help ensure they are fit for duty. The program ties in with new and existing resources available through Sunlife and Morneau Shepell and creates alignment between HR, Health & Safety and the newly formed Wellness Committee. These three teams come together to provide a comprehensive, 360-degree approach to wellness in the workplace.
At Lafarge in Eastern Canada, we care about our people, and the health and safety of our employees is the cornerstone of our operations. Included in health is mental health and wellness, too. This week is not only punctuated by Mental Health Awareness efforts, but with the rollout of Headspace and a renewed sense of strength and resiliency as we embrace wellness at Lafarge.
About Lafarge Canada
Lafarge is Canada's largest provider of sustainable construction materials and a member of the global group, LafargeHolcim. With 6,000 employees and 350 sites across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better and more sustainable cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work and raise their families along with the community's infrastructure benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge consisting of aggregates, asphalt and paving, cement, precast concrete, ready-mix concrete, and road construction. www.lafarge.ca
Corporate Communications, Lafarge Eastern Canada