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HEALTH| 11.13.2023

‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ matters at work too

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The famous phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” was coined by the Roman poet June Juvenal in the first century AD in his Satire X. Twenty centuries later, the experts continue to subscribe to it: there is nothing more important than having a balanced mind and a healthy body.

Employees’ comprehensive health is a fundamental pillar for any organization that aspires to success. At MAPFRE, we are aware of the need to look after our talent, taking their physical and mental well-being into consideration.

In fact, mental and physical health are inextricably linked: a healthy body contributes to a clear and focused mind, while good mental health can help people overcome physical challenges and maintain healthy habits.

Why should “mens sana in corpore sano” be a pillar for companies?

The United Nations SDG 3 establishes the importance of ensuring a healthy lifestyle and promoting well-being for all ages.

That is why companies have a duty to create work environments that encourage overall health. Investing in well-being programs is not only an act of corporate social responsibility, but also a smart business strategy. Happy and healthy employees tend to be more productive, more committed, and show greater loyalty to the company.

What actions can companies take in relation to employee well-being?

At MAPFRE, adopting policies and practices focused on well-being is a priority, such as the “¡Poténciate!” (“Power up!”) employee program, which promotes mental health. Creating ergonomic workspaces, promoting a culture that values breaks and disconnection after work, as well as offering counseling services and stress control programs, recognizing that mental health is just as important as physical health, are some of the initiatives that companies are increasingly.

Flexible working hours and the possibility of teleworking are just a few of the measures companies are choosing to support employees’ work-life balance. This flexibility has proven to be beneficial, allowing workers to better manage their time and reduce commute-related stress.

Continuous training is another area that companies are investing in to ensure their employees’ mental well-being. By promoting skill development and offering learning opportunities, companies can improve the skills of their teams while increasing employees’ sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Open and transparent communication is another pillar of the well-being strategy at many companies. Employees are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns, knowing that they will be heard and that their opinions are valued. This improves morale and can even lead to innovations and improvements in work processes.

In the area of social responsibility, MAPFRE carries out initiatives that promote well-being not only within the company, but also in the community. This includes volunteering programs and support for charitable causes, which allows employees to feel a sense of belonging to something larger and contribute to social well-being.

By implementing policies and programs that emphasize physical and mental health, MAPFRE looks after its employees while demonstrating that comprehensive care for workers is essential for the success of any organization.

In conclusion, companies that center their talent strategy on employee well-being are not only investing in their most valuable resource, people, but also contributing to a healthier and more productive society. We must continue to promote the age-old wisdom of “mens sana in corpore sano” so that it remains a vital factor for modern corporations.