Various initiatives were organised to promote staff’s physical and mental wellbeing as part of Frasers Property Health & Safety Month.
This August marks the seventh run of Frasers Property Health & Safety Month where we strengthen our commitment towards nurturing the holistic safety and wellbeing of the team. This year’s theme, Looking Out, Looking In, seeks to build awareness on creating safe and inclusive spaces for not only others but also ourselves.
In line with the theme, Frasers Property Retail organised a series of activities for staff to enhance their knowledge of physical safety and improve emotional wellbeing.
Shedding light on invisible physical risks
With the resumption of economic activity in this endemic climate, more of us are returning to the workplace. Globally, there has been an increase in the number of workplace accidents being reported. This serves as a reminder for us to be more conscious of looking out for the physical safety of those around us. Two virtual engagements were held to educate staff on some invisible physical risks they may face at the workplace.
One of the most common causes of workplace injuries is due to slips, trips, and falls. We invited Edwin Tan, registered workplace safety officer with Ministry of Manpower and fire safety manager with Singapore Civil Defence Force, to give a talk on how to spot slip and trip risks as well as some preventive measures. He also shared with us how we can safely intervene and speak up when we see unsafe work practices. A similar talk on identifying the less visible causes of trips and falls was also organised for tenants at our commercial properties.
We also organised a talk on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and ergonomics. During the session, principal physiotherapist, Cherie Tan, went in-depth into the different types of WMSDs, and shared that WMSDs are the most common self-reported, work-related illnesses in many workplaces. She also shared with us some steps we can take to improve our workspaces for better ergonomics.
The talks were positively received by staff with more than 100 staff and tenants in attendance.
Promoting mental wellness
During the 90-minute session, staff took their mind off work and focused on creating a watercolour painting.
Doing art is not only encourages creative thinking and imagination but is also a great reliever of stress. On 24 August, 11 staff took part in an art jamming session at Studio Miu Art at The Centrepoint, to take a mental health break and de-stress. During the 90-minute session, staff learnt the fundamentals of watercolour painting and created a floral piece by the end of the session.
Staff exchanged motivational quote cards with a handwritten note of thanks or appreciation.
To encourage staff to keep a lookout for each other, and to have open dialogues about how we can enhance health and safety in the workplace, motivational quote cards were distributed to all Frasers Property Singapore (FPS) staff. Each staff received two cards, and on the flip side of each card, they can write a note of care or appreciation to their colleagues or someone who made a difference in their life.
With safe management measures being eased, the FPS Hangout! committee also held its first physical bonding session on 25 August at Superbowl SAFRA @ Mount Faber. A total of 80 staff signed up to take part in the bowling event with more staff in attendance to cheer on and support their colleagues. Laughter and shouts of joy were heard throughout the event as staff bonded and encouraged each other during the game.
More than 80 staff turned up for the event to bowl and cheer on for their colleagues.
Over at Alexandra Point, interested staff and tenants could schedule a 20-minute neck and shoulder massage by a group of qualified, visually handicapped masseurs at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). This initiative allowed participants to contribute their share towards a more inclusive society, as the blind masseurs put into practice the acquired skills to remain employable, earn their living, gain self-reliance and independence, and live with dignity.
Supporting healthy living
Nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. A healthy tea workshop was held across our commercial properties where participants learnt more about the different types of teas and its benefits. A Healthy Living Pop-up event was also organised at Alexandra Technopark. Various vendors were invited to showcase their goods and services at the pop-up. Homemade granolas, freshly made kimchi, health supplements, and more were available at the Healthy Living Pop-up event.
Participants scaled 39 storeys to reach the Sky Garden at the top of Frasers Tower for a good cause.
In support of Children’s Aid Society, the team at Frasers Tower organised a vertical marathon where participants are required to ascend all 39 floors at Frasers Tower. Frasers Tower and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) will donate $20 to the Children's Aid Society to cater meals for the children. In total, over 200 participants took part in the event on 31 August 2022 with more than $4,000 raised towards a good cause. The public can continue to support the campaign by making a direct donation till 31 October 2022.
As we look out for the emotional and physical safety of our colleagues, it is equally important to look inwards and care for our own health and wellbeing. This year’s Health & Safety month serves as a timely reminder for us to prioritise not just our physical health but mental wellbeing as well.