With more people than ever working from home, or seeing significant changes to their daily working environment, our mental and physical health has never been so important, which is a message Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle Dealer group, Rygor, is promoting to the transport industry.

Kate Ruberry-Shoemack, head of people and communication at Rygor, said: “The wellness of our team here at Rygor has always been a priority, which is why we launched our Rygor Wellness programme in 2018. Over the past couple of years, we have grown this initiative, with fitness classes, events and regular team updates, as well as putting some of our team members through Mental Health First Aider training with Mental Health First Aid England. We want our team to know that it’s ok to talk about their health and wellbeing and all our work mobiles come with the standard version of Headspace on, for this reason.”

Paul Reed, Rygor owner director, said: “Now, more than ever, looking after ourselves is so important, which is why throughout this health pandemic and all the uncertainty it brings, we are continuing to share our #RygorWellness messages with our team. We have recently launched a text service to communicate with our employees and are utilising it to share weekly wellness updates, which include resources for mental and physical health. We are inspiring our team to keep fit and healthy, taking part in physical challenges, sharing pictures for mindfulness colouring and also encouraging them to share their wellness stories with their colleagues through our Hub and dedicated Teams wellness channel.”

At a time when the business and transport industry need to pull together like never before, Rygor is spreading its wellness message far and wide.

Paul added: “The transport industry is working incredibly hard right now to keep critical vehicles on the road and delivering essential items to the vulnerable. I have been in this industry a long time, longer than I care to admit sometimes! But, this means I have some incredible friends and colleagues in the transport sector. I want to challenge my peers and their teams to look after their wellbeing too and join me and the Rygor team in the ‘Bring Sally Up’ challenge, where you squat in time with the song ‘Flower’ by Moby (which is about 3 minutes long). When the song says, “bring Sally down”, you go to the bottom of a squat and hold until you hear “bring Sally up” then you stand. Repeat to the completion of the song.

“We want to see our transport industry friends sharing their videos on social media, using our Twitter handle @RYGOR, so we can see their efforts! Then, nominate three (or more) colleagues to do the same! Please make sure you stay safe and practice good social distancing. We have set up a Virgin Money Giving page in aid of NHS Charities Together and BEN, the automotive industry charity, if you would like to then donate £3,” Paul added.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RygorCharitiesoftheYear2020 – choose the ‘Bring Sally Up’ Squat Challenge.