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TRAC - A PharmaLex Company

A regulatory affairs consultancy for the global pharmaceutical industry.

What we do:

We aspire to form strategic partnerships with all our clients as creating lasting relationships is key to how we operate. This is achieved through understanding their requirements and delivering personal solutions. We use our innovative approach of providing dedicated off-site resource to deliver our services. Our knowledgeable staff all have proven experience to ensure that any project is delivered to a high professional standard - that is right first time, to budget and timescales. TRAC is passionate about achieving results for all.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Our growth and success comes from our commitment to investing in our own people. We're proud of the experienced and adaptable team that we've recruited and retained over the years. Therefore TRAC is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees. We want to ensure that we are doing all we can as an employer to provide a safe place to work but also support and encourage people to maximise their own physical and mental well-being. This is important for any business as you are only ever as strong as your people. We have been taking part in the Healthy Workplace programme since 2011. It provided structure and external support for what we were already doing and provided great opportunities to learn from and share best practice with other local companies. We also hope that when recruiting it will give us an edge in terms of being an employer people would like to work for.

Recent health and well being activities:

TRAC has added an adjustable standing desk to each office to allow colleagues to stay on their feet more during work hours. We have continued our regular walking tea breaks to allow the team a chance to get outside during the morning and this year devised our own virtual three peaks challenge for national heart health month. For the challenge, colleagues were divided into teams of five and set the challenge of climbing a combined total of 2010 flights of stairs over the month of February. Flights had to be a minimum of 11 steps and only ascended steps counted to the total. Each team embraced the challenge as the total number of flights of stairs climbed across all teams went up 20% week on week consistently throughout the month. Two teams completed the challenge, one came very close and the final team were unfortunate with injuries (based on like for like figures for previous weeks they would have completed the challenge).
We entered a couple of runners in the ROC 5k in Truro. TRAC sponsored the event and colleagues also supported the event by volunteering as race marshals. Members of the TRAC team also volunteered to help decorate the kitchen and eating areas at Boscawen Farm, a site used by ROC to deliver training.
We arranged a chair yoga taster session for the whole team on site to promote relaxation and highlight the risk of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from a desk bound job. We also arranged for taster sessions of other holistic therapies over a three week period during November. Colleagues were able to select from a list including various types of massage, reiki and reflexology. A massage chair was set up in the meeting room and the blinds closed to create a quiet, private environment for individuals to relax and experience the therapies as they are intended to be delivered. This helped us highlight the impact of stress on general health and wellbeing and the benefit of mindfulness and taking time out for yourself.
We continued to promote healthy nutrition with our quarterly healthy lunch activity. This years’ themes included low cholesterol and simple 'healthy lunch' options. Colleagues were also treated to lunches away from the office to promote individuals leaving their desk for lunch. Reusable water bottles were purchased for everyone in the company to promote hydration along with a selection of drinks.
To promote oral health a colleague took photos of members of the TRAC team grinning and put together a picture quiz where colleagues had to identify each person by the smile. The winners were presented with oral health care accessories as a prize.
All members of staff were offered a health check delivered by Cornwall Council on site. We were provided with an anonymised report that summarised the company results as a whole so we were able to present this back to the team and tailor future initiatives using real data.
The staff were also treated to active staff socials including ten pin bowling, a session at locked-in escape rooms and a murder mystery treasure trail through Truro.

I believe we had a really good varied selection of activities in 2017 which ensured there was something for everyone. These activities are important to TRAC and have a really positive impact on our organisation. Looking forward to 2018!

- Director
Well Being Boost

A study of FTSE-100 companies conducted by Business in the Community (BITC) and Ipsos Mori, found that firms that actively promoted staff well-being and workplace health policies recorded a 10 per cent boost in their financial performance.

You are what you eat

Employees who have a healthy approach to nutrition are more satisified in their job and are less likely to suffer from stress. (Occupational Health, Dec 2013 - Full article available).

Small Changes.....encourage employees to eat lunch away from their desks.

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