In a new series titled the Road to Success, we take a look back at some of the outstanding entries and winners of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards to help individuals and organisations learn from them and implement some of these winning strategies.

In this feature, we take a closer look at the Tristar Transport and their winning entry for the Corporate Happiness Award - Private Sector at the 2018 awards.

A healthy, happy workforce

Despite the increasing use of smart technology and automation in the workplace, many believe that a company is still only as good as its people.

While robots and AI may be set to drive business in the future, people are still an organisation’s biggest asset.

UAE-based Tristar Transport has embraced this philosophy with its ambition to nurture employees in a workplace where they can be happy and healthy.

The company understood that physical and mental health are fundamental requirements for any happy employee.

The company’s happiness programme designed to achieve this, won Tristar the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Corporate Happiness Award (Private Sector) 2018.

With over 1,500 employees over 18 countries, Tristar has recognised the difficulty of catering to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds, working in very different conditions.

In order to promote a healthy lifestyle, the company Happiness Committee rolled out the "Walk, Lose Weight and Be Healthy" programme.

Almost 90 staff had their weight recorded and were given wrist pedometers. After nine weeks, they had achieved a massive combined total of 20,964,373 steps taken, which is equal to362 full marathons. Employees were also delighted to report that they had lost more than 55 kilos in weight.

The initiative kick-started significant improvements in staff health and fitness, with some participants going on to compete in the Dubai Standard Charted Marathons, and the 5 KM Dubai Women's Run.

A staff bowling fellowship and a well-attended cricket tournament were highlights in the Tristar calendar and saw the participation of both employees and their families.

Team work and collaboration are known to be beneficial to mental health, so in-house recreational activities including table tennis, carrom and chess were made available to enable employees to socialise in a relaxed environment. A ‘laughter session’ held in May, also proved to be a popular event.

In an effort to give back to the community, an annual blood donation event was held in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority’s Dubai Blood Donation Centre.

The company has been delighted with the success for these initiatives and has already made plans to roll out more happiness events next year.

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