A Fit Team is a Happy Team

Our teams are our greatest assets. At PMC, we strive to ensure that all our colleagues reach their full potential. We believe that both mental and physical fitness play a vital role if we are to be at our best.

Amidst the pandemic, we know our colleagues are managing well on both the personal and professional front, but it can still be easy to not find enough time to properly focus on ourselves. That’s why numerous PMC initiatives have encouraged our colleagues to refocus on themselves and their well-being.

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone

Often, success and a true sense of achievement lies outside of our comfort zone. So our first activity challenged everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and do as many press-ups as possible in one minute.

Colleagues across both the location taking part in the press-up challenge, and sharing their outdoor activities on Yapster

The PMC Press-up Challenge, shared within PMC in the UK and India on Yapster, saw participation across both locations. Emma Chan, an Account Director based at the UK office, won the challenge and explained, “I have always been a fan of keeping fit. I guess 2020 has reinforced the importance of keeping our bodies fit. I find that exercise is great for my mental health, and I feel euphoric after a tough workout. Sometimes my mind benefits from a group workout (online at the moment!), and sometimes I need a relaxing yoga session on my own, just for a break from life. It's great to see what everyone is doing on the PMC Yapster chat - we definitely have plenty of people at PMC who are committed to keeping fit!"

Bend so that you do not break

The change to our daily lives as a result of Covid-19 was challenging for some. We decided to help our colleagues to ‘bust the stress’ with the help of Yoga. A three-session series was organised with Yoga expert Hiral Chokshi, who helped employees understand the yoga basics and practice them effectively.

Talking about these yoga sessions, Aniruddha Jaiswal, a Business Analyst at our India office, says, “While working from home, I developed pain in my neck and shoulders due to time spent at my computer. These yoga sessions, which explained correct breathing and posture techniques helped me to release the tension from my body. I realised that Yoga also helps improve mental well-being and happiness - so important during this time of remote working."

Mind over Matter

The key to a great culture is to listen to feedback and implement any changes. With this in mind, several sessions were organised with the 'Oxford Mind' charity for groups of employees across PMC. The sessions entitled ‘5 Ways of Wellbeing’ covered different aspects of well-being, discussing ‘what is well-being and why does it matter?’ whilst also sharing ways to proactively decrease stress and ensure good mental health at home and work.

A glimpse of 5 Ways of Wellbeing session

More sessions are planned over the next quarter. These ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ sessions will further explore the concept of the ‘Five Ways of Wellbeing’.

Both physical and mental well-being are important if we are to perform to the best of our ability. These challenging times need us to not only take care of others, but to also invest time to take care of ourselves. At PMC, we are keen to help our colleagues do exactly that.

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