Here's to Your Health
Encouraging team member health and wellness is a way of life at TSYS
Many would argue that health is the most valuable commodity one can have. Bearing that in mind, team member health and wellness isn't something TSYS® leaders take lightly – it's a commitment from the very top to provide the best in health and wellness options for almost 10,000 team members.
Health From the Top
"TSYS cares about health and wellness of its team members, and that care goes beyond doing just what they are required to do," said Angela Fowks, TSYS Acquiring Solutions human resources business partner.
In addition to the formal healthcare options available to team members, TSYS champions wellness with on-site health assessments and flu shots, webinars, lunch-and-learn seminars, regular health and wellness tips − and more.
Their Men's and Women's Health Month activities have become legendary at some locations, with large-scale health fair expos that strike a balance between information, resources and fun. The events have even included carnival-style booths, obstacle courses, food, prizes and more.
"All of these initiatives are opportunities for team members to take advantage of fun and convenient ways to learn more about their health," Fowks said. "Awareness and early detection of any health issue can help save lives."
As is often the case at TSYS, team members did more than just embrace the corporate philosophy, they took it and ran with it − literally.
Getting Off the Couch
When TSYS Group Executives and avid runners, John Dale Hester and Keith Pierce, were approached about leading a Couch to 5K training program for team members, they enthusiastically agreed. Committed to health and fitness themselves, they wanted to share their love of running with team members.
"I talked with Keith and we decided that if we were really going to do this then we were going to do it right," Hester said.
Doing it right meant committing to a nine-week training plan with team members, many of whom had never run before. The two leaders ran twice a week at lunchtime with dozens of team members in two sessions during the grueling Georgia summer months.
"Because at the end of the day, whether team members run, ride bikes, work out in the gym or play another sport, the important thing is just that they pursue health and fitness. We just want them to have the best health and work-life balance they can." Keith Pierce
April Potts, team member and new runner, completed the Couch to 5K training program and then finished the United Way Run for the Valley, Run United 5K race.
"Being involved in this program has changed my approach to health and fitness. It made me realize that my body is more capable than I thought and that sometimes I have to learn to just push through and push myself beyond my mental limits," she said.
The TSYS-sponsored training program was about much more than preparing for a race, however. The executives-turned- coaches value the relationships they built with team members and ultimately hope they have encouraged them on their health and wellness journey.
"What has been so inspiring to me is to still see these runners out there even after the program and race are over," Pierce said. "Because at the end of the day, whether team members run, ride bikes, work out in the gym or play another sport, the important thing is just that they pursue health and fitness. We just want them to have the best health and work-life balance they can."
It's Not Just About Us
Romy Parzick, NetSpend® team member, has fought hard to find that work-life balance so many talk about.
"With a full-time job, a small business, and a family – that's way easier said than done," she said. "I have to constantly remind myself that it's important to prioritize my wellness needs and activities."
Parzick, a former college athlete, has also learned what so many have along this journey – it's important to share the gift of health and wellness with others as well.
She does this through the realization of a life-long dream of becoming a small business owner. So after years of dreaming, learning and lots of hard work, Fuerte Fitness was born in Austin, Texas in August 2014.
"We are a welcoming community studio that offers a variety of fitness classes and special events focused on healthy living for adults and children," she explained. "We empower our members to challenge themselves physically and mentally, no matter what their starting point. And we recognize that our community is diverse, so we offer beginner to advanced classes, as well as adult, child, and family offerings for people of all income levels."
Parzick sees a direct connection between the philosophy behind her fitness studio and her job as head of Customer Impact Initiatives at NetSpend.
"My job at NetSpend is to lead and build programs and partnerships that help us deliver on our mission to empower our customers to be self-banked. I am a community development advocate at heart − a socially minded capitalist," she said. "Financial wellness and physical wellness are two important and often-interlinked drivers of the health of a community. I view my work at NetSpend and my small business endeavor as two expressions of the same underlying passion."