The pandemic has significantly impacted how we care for our mental and physical well-being. Juggling time between work and personal life can be difficult, and often, one’s welfare becomes the last priority. As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”! The disconnect between employees’ well-being and office productivity is one of the few challenges that snacks company Mondelēz Philippines aims to address.
October 1 marks Mondelēz International’s annual Purpose Day. The multinational company’s month-long celebration focused on their intentional commitment to activating their Purpose in unison. This year’s mission is: To Empower People to Snack Right. Focused on pillars of growth, execution, culture and sustainability, one of the initiatives prepared by the snacks company for its colleagues is the Mondelēz Made to Move virtual event. Mondelēz Philippines invited mental and physical wellness experts to discuss how colleagues can better manage their mental and physical well-being by balancing home life and work.
At Mondelēz, we want our employees to know that we respect their time and hard work. We want to make our colleagues feel valued by guiding and reminding them of how important it is to care for their well-being, too.Aileen Aumentado, People Lead for Mondelēz Philippines.
The virtual event was held online via Zoom with mental well-being expert and host PJ Lanot and physical wellness expert Joseph Guevara of The Givars Effect. Micro-challenges were done throughout the event with the intention of mindful movement. This includes a virtual QR code hunt, trivia games, and low-impact exercises. The goal is to support colleagues in their journey of caring for their well-being. PJ Lanot shared tips and advice to “hack” one’s happy hormones. Examples are celebrating small wins, spending time in nature, and physical touch and affection, among others. “Wins don’t have to be big—they can be small but meaningful,” PJ shares. On the other hand, fitness coach Joseph Guevara motivated audience members with mini-exercises they can do in between work breaks. This will allow us to support a healthy and active lifestyle. “Move at least 30 minutes a day, don’t deprive yourself of food, drink lots of water, consider taking nutritional supplements, and get at least eight hours of quality sleep every night,” coach Joseph ends. The winners and participants of the micro-challenges were given Mondelēz goodies as prizes.
The Purpose Day celebrations also include a well-being day where colleagues are free to take a day off work to unwind and relax. Additionally, the company provides three different programs that improve employee support: Meet-Less Fridays, Employee Assistance Program, and Sabbatical Leave, which are available all year round.
“Our Employee Assistance Program is available 24/7, even during holidays. It’s free, and you can confide privately to mental healthcare professionals, powered by our provider Magellan Healthcare,” My Rewards Advisor for Mondelēz Cornelia dela Cruz shares. Mondelēz Philippines also partnered with Maxicare to cater to colleagues who need psychiatric consultation, where personal and teleconsultation and therapy are free for its employees and family dependents. “We believe that with the right body and mind, we can achieve our goals with the right purpose,” de la Cruz concludes. This service is available for all Mondelēz employees in the Philippines.
Mondelēz Philippines is committed to supporting their employees’ welfare. “We want to pride ourselves in building a winning growth culture, and that means supporting our colleagues’ physical and emotional well-being to help them achieve their full potential,” Aumentado ends. Mondelēz Philippines aims to continuously support its people’s journey to better physical, emotional, and mental health, by continuing to empower people as we celebrate the past and move towards the future of snacking.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2020 net revenues of approximately $27 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, belVita, and LU biscuits; Cadbury
Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100, and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Follow the company on Twitter too.
About Mondelez Philippines
Mondelez Philippines Inc. has been providing consumers delicious snack products for the past 58 years – since 1963. Its product portfolio includes Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise, sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City.