Standing still is not something that sits well in INEOS. It is always on the lookout for new opportunities and fresh ideas. It thrives on them. So welcome to the Energy Station
SOMEONE once said that exercise not only changes the body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.
It doesn’t matter who that someone was. But someone who understands that mindset is John Mayock, a former Olympic athlete who has now helped to launch Energy Station, INEOS’ online fitness hub.
John very quickly learned that health and well-being were at the core of INEOS’ ethos to being better, and staying sharper, than their rivals after he joined the company about a year ago.
“I knew INEOS was passionate about improving children’s health through my work for INEOS on Go Run For Fun and The Daily Mile,” he said. “But that passion clearly didn’t end there.”
INEOS has always believed that a healthy lifestyle is good for the mind, body and soul of all its employees – and does what it can to make that journey easier.
One only has to look at INEOS’ new headquarters in London which boasts one of the biggest private gyms in the UK, and its new three-storey office block in, Germany, which also has an on-site gym.
“As far as INEOS is concerned, being fit to work isn’t simply about being safe,” said John. “It’s about being healthy, energetic, giving our best, and enjoying our working time.”
As a man once driven by the desire to improve his own performance on the track, he has now set himself another target.
“We’re on a mission to help our 17,000 worldwide employees improve their health and wellbeing, whatever their role, goals or fitness levels,” he said.
And the starting gun for that is the Energy Station, created by John and Golazo, a company founded by former Belgian long-distance runner Bob Verbeeck who believes that sports participation leads to a better world.
Once Energy Station has been rolled out across the INEOS group, it will become the place for employees to find out about forthcoming runs, rides and triathlons and what their colleagues have been up to all over the world.
Staff at every INEOS site will be able to log their performances, connect with others, share their adventures and challenge others and themselves to do better.
It will also provide help and expertise on training and nutrition – whether someone just wants to walk more each week or train for a marathon.
“This is for everyone,” said John. “There’s nothing elitist about it.”
INEOS has also teamed up with well-known sporting brands to provide discounted fitness gear, which, in turn, will earn money for INEOS’ community fitness initiatives.
“We want to bring together the existing initiatives operating throughout INEOS and inspire the growth of new ones,” said John.