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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Discovery award affirms XLink's 'healthy' approach to business

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XLink Communications’ commitment to healthy, happy employees has gained it a top award in the Discovery 2014 Healthiest Company Index’s Small Company category. This follows hot on the heels of its three awards in this year’s Deloitte Best Company to Work For (BCTWF) Survey.

XLink Communications CEO Anton Leal comments, “Our proactive management of the physical and mental health of our employees has resulted in a reduction in absenteeism, greater employee engagement, low staff turnover and increased productivity.”

XLink recently boosted its Work Life Balance programme in the form of its Xccelerate Cycle Team, which equips the employee with a bike and a training programme to increase their personal fitness and also serves as a team-building opportunity across the business. As a result of this programme, 17 employees participated in the 2014 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.

The programme has enabled and inspired employees to participate in a sport they previously would not have had access to due to costs or time constraints,” explains Leal, adding, “The majority of these employees have never owned a bike or been afforded the opportunity to be part of a major sports event or exercise regime. We will continue to enhance our Work Life Balance programme and employee benefits, as we have proof of the positive impact that investing in our employees’ health and wellbeing has.”

Head of People Services Nicky Ludeke elaborates that the Work Life Balance programme is a vital part of XLink’s human resources strategy. “We want to motivate each employee and empower their success. Our philosophy of ‘organised enthusiasm’ instils positivity, diligence, ownership and dedication to empower employees to achieve their personal goals, which in turn fuels XLink’s success by increasing employee satisfaction and commitment.”

XLink also provides resources and support to enable employees to achieve their career aspirations. “We offer a variety of skills development programmes through our training facility, the Link Academy. This has created an inherently happy company culture that encourages the right behaviours,” says Ludeke.

“The results of the recent climate and wellbeing surveys we have participated in, and the success we have enjoyed over the last decade are testament to our belief that investing in happy, healthy, productive employees makes good business sense.”

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