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What is Vital Human Capital?

Growth, progress and technological developments in work are very important. How can we strengthen our employees in this, while taking into account their vitality and sustainable employability? During the “Vital Human Capital” event, which we organized together with VNO-NCW Rotterdam & the Rijnmond region on May 31, Patrick van Luijk OLY, co-founder of BioCheck, started with a mobility exercise. This exercise allowed the guests present to connect with each other in a playful way!

Aim for optimization – not maximization

During his presentation, Patrick emphasized the importance of managing our energy supply beyond maximization, but precisely because optimization. Unconsciously we are always busy and ‘on’. Think of all those emails in your inbox, using social media during your break or watching a scary movie in the evening. We run home from work and then to the gym. We are always in a hurry. When is there time to really relax and do nothing at all?

This is important because increased resting energy expenditure can cause long-term damage. You can influence this, among other things, by regulating your breathing: good breathing at rest promotes recovery and leads to the opportunity to perform optimally for a long time in a healthy way. In addition to breathing, exercise is also very important in keeping your energy supply in balance and therefore your vitality. Patrick: “Breathing and movement are really tools that you as an employee have in your own hands – you have control over them, no one else! – and with this you can ensure that you become or remain fit again.” Patrick gave the guests present an insight into how the BioCheck method can effectively support this and keep or make employees employable in a sustainable way. 

Money worries? More stress, less productivity

After Patrick, Sadik Harchaoui, Chef de Mission of SchuldenlabNL and co-initiator of the National Coalition for Financial Health, talked about the importance of paying attention to the financial fitness of employees. Research shows that financial fitness is strongly linked to (mental) health and productivity in the workplace. What do you do as an employer to make or keep your employees financially fit? “If you tackle employees’ financial worries preventively, if necessary curatively, you will reduce your employees’ financial worries. This leads to higher labor productivity and lower absenteeism due to illness. Ultimately, this is good for both the employer and the employee,” says Sadik.  

Strong employees = strong company

Company doctor and entrepreneur Tessa Kouwenhoven-Pasmooij took us through her story in which she teaches employees to work with vitality by paying more attention to meaning, mental fitness, work fitness, physical fitness and social fitness. Only by connecting these different aspects can you ensure the vitality, resilience and sustainable employability of your employees. People feel better, more energetic and take control of their own health and work again. Tessa concluded with a passionate plea to include vitality in the company mission: “Organizations can only be strong when they have strong people who are productive, enjoy work and can get the job done together.” 

An inspiring surprise in the program was provided by Ellen Breemans, who became Dutch Body Fitness Champion last year (and now works at BioCheck!): she tested the knowledge of the guests with the famous game of Hat on Hat.

With thanks to Gert-Jan Lammens from VNO-NCW Rotterdam for the introduction about Zorgpower and VNO-NCW, and Tessa Langerijs and Tessa Langerijs for the great preparation! Of course we would also like to Feyenoord Rotterdam NV thank you for the hospitality and last but not least Desmond Bounin from Partykoktails for the delicious mocktails! 


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