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Shining a light on employee wellbeing

September 25, 2020 / Employee Engagement

Written By: Katrina Hundal

At Helvar, optimal lighting for optimal wellbeing is central to what they do. So it’s no surprise that wellbeing isn’t just core to their people strategy, but also their business strategy.

Their dedication to employee health and wellbeing is admirable and inspiring. And has been highlighted through the impressive strides they’ve made in the wellbeing space – such as being recently awarded the prestigious WELL Certification at Gold level for their headquarters in Finland.

Ready to take their employee wellbeing programme to the next level, they looked for a partner that could help them go global and connect employees between their offices spanning the UK, Sweden and Finland. So they turned to global employee wellbeing experts, Virgin Pulse.

Programme rolled out globally, high participation and engagement rates – everything was running as planned. Then the pandemic hit. Lunchtime group runs and football games had to be put on pause. But that didn’t break the Helvarian motivation or team spirit:

“Even though people did activities like walking, running, dancing etc. by themselves, there was still the feeling that you did it in a team.”

– Paolita Strandberg, HR Business Partner, Helvar


After partnering with the Virgin Pulse, Helvar achieved success and found that employees felt more connected globally. On top of that:

  • 77% of employees now meet the recommendation of 10,000 steps per day vs. 20% pre-Virgin Pulse
  • 80% of employees reported a decrease in their stress levels
  • 61% of employees reported an increase their productivity or concentration

To find out how the Virgin Pulse gets results like these – and how it can work for you, view the Helvar case study – Lights. Wellbeing. Action!

About The Author

Katrina is a Content Specialist based at our Zurich, Switzerland office. It’s not enough for this gal to think locally, she’s determined to make an impact globally. And helping to create fun, healthy workplaces worldwide is her mission. When she’s not busy changing lives for good, you’ll find her doing Bollywood or Samba dancing, having a hit of tennis, or head in the books trying to add another language to her repertoire.

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