March 02, 2022 • 6 min read
Work-life balance has always been a thing at Arcanys, and health and well-being are a significant part of this. It’s quite simple: we strive to encourage Arcanytes to live healthier, more active lives both in and out of the office.
Since its debut, Arcanys has done its best to develop a culture of “caring”, not only for others (which the foundation is a perfect example of) but also for ourselves. The feeling of belonging, eating well, and being physically active as often as we can are all essential to us. How else can Arcanytes excel, stay connected, and feel engaged in their work? Well-being is no joke, especially when you see burnout rates rising and all sorts of back/neck pains increasing among desk workers, including developers who often stay at their computers for extended periods of time.
So, what are the clever perks we’ve come up with to encourage happier, healthier habits among our employees, you ask? Well, here’s our journey:
We don’t need to explain the bunch of surprises that came with it, do we? But here are the things that we did to keep the momentum of the company’s health goals going:
So we devised a plan to encourage everyone to get involved in regular sweat sessions in the comfort of their own homes by incentivizing the much-needed fitness sessions. You see, for every 30-minute workout of their choice—be it fitness, yoga, biking, or just walking the dog, Arcanytes earn. We actually get paid to exercise. But more than that... if the physical and mental benefits aren’t solid enough arguments for joining the program, we’ve taken it one step further. How? Well, for every fitness session each Arcanyte completes, Arcanys contributes PHP50 to the Arcanys Early Learning Foundation. So the team not only gets paid to get their bodies moving but also helps children in Cebu City’s underprivileged areas have access to math coaching lessons in the bargain.
"We are more and more of the belief that being an Arcanyte should include a holistic healthy living routine that includes good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and (hopefully) low stress. By living with these principles covered, we should be able to enjoy a good work-life balance, and ultimately be healthier and happier."
~ Alan Debonneville, Co-founder and CEO of Arcanys
We welcomed 2021 with bright eyes and hopeful hearts. And so on top of all the perks we were already enjoying, we got some nice add-ons.
Where focus goes, energy follows! We're determined to keep growing and adjusting our efforts to achieve an all-encompassing wellness program that provides our teams with opportunities to improve their health and increase their overall well-being—particularly out of the office as we embrace remote work.
As a company considered one of the best to work for in the Philippines, we'll continue to adapt our benefits and policies accordingly and find more ways to help Arcanytes lead productive and happy lives, nurturing work-life harmony for Arcanytes as well as their families. We actually have plenty more benefits for employees—see the full list here!
P.S. Being heard is also part of well-being.
When we launch initiatives like those listed above (and outside of this scope), we continue assessing the outcomes. We love surveying the team to gather feedback and suggestions. This helps us understand what our employees think of each perk and activity, and adjust them accordingly.
What is your organization doing to help promote a healthy lifestyle for all employees?
Coding friends and tech lovers, we'd love for you to join us on our journey. Check out our open jobs and get in touch with our Recruitment Team. We hope to meet you soon!
Line is a Content Writer at Arcanys. She's also an editor, a bibliophile, a collector of pretty knickknacks, and a versatile doer with serious OC tendencies. She loves the written word undoubtedly, reads creepy stories by Poe, and shows great enthusiasm for every project like an eager beaver.
Pauline is the Head of the Marketing team at Arcanys. She's a lover of beautiful sunsets, a talented self-taught designer, and a passionate traveler of the world. When not busy brainstorming with her team, she loves to bake healthy, organic, but yummy goodies and relax with daily yoga sessions.