Creating a Healthy Workspace in a Challenging Environment

Creating a Healthy Workspace in a Challenging Environment

by ron B May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016

By: Ron Bettin

ResourceYYC

 

Over the past few years, our company, Fitneff, has grown from the concept, design and manufacturing of the WalkTop Treadmill Desk into a firm that sells a large selection of active solutions for productive lives.  Our goal is to make it easier for busy people to make healthy choices.  With our head office in Calgary, Alberta, we have witnessed, first hand, that the recent economic downturn due to the decline in the energy industry means that many people are facing more difficulties than just physical health at work. Making a positive difference is more challenging in this environment.

About one month ago, I was discussing this issue with a friend, Bill Scott. We found it discouraging to know so many people who have been laid off and so much empty office space where thriving businesses once existed.   The downturn has also affected Bill’s environmental company, forcing him to lay off talented staff.  It is very personal to know so many people that are out of work and scared for their future.  In Alberta, this problem has become even more acute with the recent fires in the Ft. McMurray displacing thousands and forcing additional people out of work.

As we explored opportunities to make a difference, we realized that we may have an answer to some to the problems facing so many technical professionals in Calgary: create a collaborative workspace for engineers, geoscientists, and technical professionals. From this conversation, ReSourceYYC was born.

The goal of ReSourceYYC  provides a co-working space where entrepreneurial professionals can “re” source their skills.  We are working with Calgary Economic Development on a strategy to make Calgary a Global Talent Hub to promote the skills of Calgarians worldwide, and create opportunities across Canada.  In a very short time, this initiative has grown substantially with many partners joining to provide support including Final Frontiers IT solutions and large software providers like geoLOGIC Systems. Many more companies and organizations are now signing up to partner with this positive initiative.  Fitneff is proud to have supplied sit-stand desks for the geoscience workstations.

A key learning for me has been that for successful companies, ensuring that your employees have a “healthy workspace” is important for a positive work environment, but for challenging times, just having the opportunity to be part of a healthy workspace can make a significant difference to a person’s wellbeing and future opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a partner or member of ReSourceYYC visit the web page at ReSourceYYC.org.  Memberships are free until September 1, 2016.

 

Ron Bettin

Ron Bettin is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 25 years of management and entrepreneurial experience. As a co-founder of several companies he a strong understanding of the importance of building shareholder value and the creation of successful teams.   He is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and has an MBA from Queen’s School of Business.

 




ron B
ron B

Author

Ron Bettin is the President of Fitneff and inventor of the WalkTop Treadmill Desk. Ron's inspiration to integrate movement into daily life comes from his experience recovering from an accident that resulted in a serious spinal injury and broken limbs. He is now "walking the talk" and turned his life experience into a successful company that is helping provide solutions for work, school, home and on-the-go.



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Fitneff Blog

Why Movement is so Important for Kids
Why Movement is so Important for Kids

by Rachel Piers August 16, 2018

With back-to-school season approaching quickly, we thought we would take some time to reflect on the importance of movement and physical activity for young children. With kids spending the majority of their days in the classroom, there’s no better place to implement activity that will set children up for a healthy lifestyle. There are so many benefits to encouraging movement in young children; take a look at them here!

Read More

Ultimate Back-to-School List for a Healthy Year
Ultimate Back-to-School List for a Healthy Year

by Rachel Piers August 14, 2018

With kids returning to the classroom in a matter of weeks, there are some key things to think about in order to ensure that your children have a healthy, happy year ahead. Check out our free, printable ultimate back-to-school list of items for at home and school to help put health first this year.

Read More

Five Reasons you Should get a Height-Adjustable Desk
Five Reasons you Should get a Height-Adjustable Desk

by Rachel Piers August 09, 2018

Sit-stand desk. Standing desk. Height-adjustable desk. Whatever you may call it, desks that allow you to switch between sitting and standing positions are becoming more and more popular in the workplace. If you’ve heard about this trend but are not quite sure whether or not you should invest in a unit, check out our top five reasons for why you should get a height-adjustable desk.

Read More