More and more employees are keen on sports and exercise. This is shown by Sport and Exercise Scans taken from nearly 45,000 employees from 410 companies in recent years. The intention to exercise more increased from 74% in 2020 to 84% in 2023. Employees indicate that they prefer to exercise at work during their lunch break. Companies can respond to this by developing a sports and exercise policy and investing in, for example, showers and changing rooms. Flanders encourages all such efforts with the 'Sportbedrijf' label, which was launched last year.
At Jan De Nul, employees have been playing sports for quite some time. Over the years, employees have regularly been able to take part in sports activities. But in 2017, it really became clear that playing sports together and letting off some stress creates a bond.
That is why Jan De Nul's management decided in 2017 to shape a corporate wellness programme: FIT. With a wide range of activities tailored to everyone, Jan De Nul encourages all its employees to eat healthier (Food), pay attention to everyone's well-being (In Balance) and exercise (Training & sports).
150th label 'Sports Company', is for Jan De Nul
Today, Flemish Minister for Sport Ben Weyts awarded that FIT programme with the official 'Sportbedrijf' label. Jan De Nul scores excellently on the criteria that have to be ticked to obtain the label.
For the occasion, Mr Ben Weyts put on his sports shoes and tested out the FIT cup container during his visit to Jan De Nul, together with some employees. This way, the minister experienced first-hand how things work in a Sports Company.
Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister for Sport: "We want to give everyone as many opportunities as possible to move and play sport. Today, for example, many people in their thirties and forties do not get their sport combined with work and family. So we promote sport in the place where they spend a lot of time: at work. Sports in the workplace is a win-win. Employees become healthier and happier. Employers see improved productivity: staff members are less likely to drop out and feel happier within the company. Investing in sports facilities therefore always pays back double and more".
Julie De Nul, CEO Jan De Nul Group: "We are delighted to receive this Sports Company label from Minister Weyts and thank him warmly for this confirmation of our efforts for the well-being of our colleagues. With our well-being programme, we invest in our greatest capital: our people. We have a wide range of functions at Jan De Nul - in the office, on board our ships, in the shipyards - and that therefore calls for a wide range of activities. For example, we have colleagues who run or sail races together. We organise spring and autumn walks, a family day and a Christmas market for charity. And for the mental well-being of our colleagues, we regularly organise live and online workshops. In this way, we not only make wellbeing a priority, but also create a close and engaged JDN family."
We want to give everyone as many opportunities as possible to move and play sport. Today, for example, many people in their thirties and forties do not get their sport combined with work and family. So we promote sport in the place where they spend a lot of time: at work.
Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister for Sport
A range of activities for and by colleagues
As many as 25 volunteer colleagues put their backs into organising various FIT events throughout the year. To this end, they meet regularly in the FIT committee to put together a varied range of activities. They also promote a healthy lifestyle among colleagues on a daily basis.
From captain to engineer to labourer to recruiter, everyone is involved
At Jan De Nul there are very diverse jobs, from a sedentary job to a very active one. From working on board, on the building site to a support or administrative job in the office.
It is therefore FIT's task to appeal to all these different profiles.
- In the office, we have yoga classes, sports classes in the gym, start2run sessions, cooking workshops, creative workshops and much more.
- On board, we maximise FIT on board by focusing on healthy eating, daily exercise in the gym and online sessions for general wellbeing.
- On construction sites in Belgium, we also offer online sessions,in addition to invitingstaff to participate in activities in Aalst or Luxembourg. A special event in 2023 was the FIT Cup: a trailer topped by a 40ft container that visited all construction sites in Belgium to challenge colleagues at the sites in a sporting hexathlon.
All these activities are not only good for the physical and mental health of our colleagues. They also provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues from other departments and across borders.
"We are delighted to receive this Sports Company label from Minister Weyts and thank him warmly for this confirmation of our efforts for the well-being of our colleagues. With our well-being programme, we invest in our greatest capital: our people.
Julie De Nul
CEO Jan De Nul Group