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TRAC Services Ltd

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:

In addition to our regular walking tea breaks we introduced badminton as a regular sporting activity at the end of each month from January to May. We had a running club in the evenings during our preparation for the ROC 5k and CHSW Rainbow Run events. Our healthy lunch activity was continued quarterly with themes including pittas and wraps and healthy eating. We also included a team pre-work breakfast during breakfast week in January.
TRAC entered a team in the Cornwall Beach Games, we all participated in the Get Active Challenge and we organised a treasure hunt around the Cornwall College campus that highlighted the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition. The 'TRAC Attack' laser tag team took part in the local league event throughout the year and the Lungfish Cup, a laser tag event supporting Children In Need. In Workplace Health week in May we encouraged colleagues to meet the weekly guideline of 150 minutes of physical activity and took part in the Midday Mile.
Following on from the success of the previous years we organised our third TRAC Beach Games/ Beach Clean event with equipment supplied by Cornwall Sports Partnership and Clean Cornwall. We also volunteered for a second year at Kehelland to complete a project on site to regenerate a seating area for the site visitors to use.
We ran health campaigns including:
• Diabetes awareness – a member of the team did a presentation using display materials sourced from the resource library. The presentation covered information about diabetes, the risks and how you can check your risk score.
• Mental Health awareness – the team were challenged to a quiz and the prevalence of mental health conditions in the UK during a presentation on the topic. This was followed with pledges where colleagues were paired up and each person pledged to do something for the other that would help them during their working day.
• Alcohol awareness – we held an interactive tea break on the effects of alcohol by using the ‘drunk and disorderly goggles’ from the resource library. Colleagues were asked to perform a series of tasks including catching a ball, walking along a straight line and dribbling a football around a series of cones whilst wearing goggles that simulated the effects of differing levels of alcohol.
• Nutrition - we provided healthy snacking options in the office including humus, crudités, nuts and crackers as an alternative to biscuits.
• We supported Movember again to help raise awareness of men's health and to support men's health initiatives.

I’m very proud of our healthy workplace programme. Our programme is now in its 7th year and continues to improve each year. The commitment and enthusiasm for all of the various activities we undertake is brilliant. Everyone gets involved and the team demonstrate a real passion for the topics we cover. As a business owner I have absolutely no doubt of the benefits this brings to TRAC. Healthy and happy staff are the key to having a productive team, which in turn is essential for business success.

- Director
Top tip

Make sure you work with employees who show an early interest in the programme.

This will help get the project started and create early successes.

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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