When visiting one of TanHoldings’ affiliates—internally referred to as small business units—you will notice announcements on a bulletin board that are not work-related at all. Included in that grab-bag of announcements are a list of activities that TanHoldings employees are encouraged to take part in.
The choices are ample. Employees can join the company’s soccer team or suit up for its basketball squads. If they like trading spikes and serves, volleyball is the perfect choice, while those who love hitting the shuttlecock can try badminton.
There are also regular fun runs, such as TanHoldings’ signature event, the JP Run, which honors the memory a former TanHoldings executive. The company’s executives have also pioneered a walk/run along Beach Road every week, while the gyms at its hotels are open for the use of employees for free. Seminars on professional and personal development/growth are also conducted, providing employees valuable information and experience to enhance their skills.
Another event that the company holds and is usually the highly anticipated is the “Lose Big, Win Big” contest, a weight-loss competition that is both an internal contest and has a version for the bigger CNMI community. Testimonies of employees’ life-changing experience through this competition are the highlights of the event.
“These activities aim to encourage members of the TanHoldings family to stay active through sports and other events that promote a healthy lifestyle and professional growth. We take pride in having employees who are not only committed and dedicated to their work, but are also healthy—body and mind—to contribute to the company’s success and their own progress,” said TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan.
By letting the community know about TanHoldings’ initiatives, Tan hopes that other companies would create and implement their own health and wellness program.
“Our employees are also members of the CNMI community, so the more employees we encourage to stay active and be healthy, the lesser the number of people with health issues we will have in the Commonwealth,” he said.