Building Confidence One Jab at a Time

January 25th, 2018 Daisy Smith

We’ve told you a bit about our Employee Wellness Program in the past.

You might wonder what makes our program any different from other workplace wellness programs. The first thing you should know about how we run our program… we never lose sight of the fact that in order for the program to be successful, it cannot be about what we’re going to get out of it. It’s all about the people we’re here to support. We’re not on a mission to make a marathon runner out of every human being we come in contact with. We’re here to help people be their best selves. We do it a number of different ways because if we want to be effective we must allow people to define “their best selves”… for themselves.

So sure, we offer fitness classes and a company gym. But we know that wellness isn’t solely about the physical, so we make our program as holistic as possible. We also curate quarterly wellness pop-ups to introduce folks to ideas like massage, acupuncture, and reflexology. And we’ve learned that some of the most effective opportunities we’ve provided are the ones that allow people to explore areas of wellness they’re not yet familiar with.

And after every new idea, the immediate next step in furthering our success is getting FEEDBACK. Remember, if you want your employees to love something, sometimes it really is as easy as asking and listening.

So, before the holidays, we asked…

We asked them about their favorite ways to work out, and why wellness is important to them. An overwhelming majority of them mentioned goals for developing a well-rounded sense of well-being. We saw trends in their responses that touched on the fact that being well helped them feel in control, more confident, less anxious… even more powerful.

We liked that one so much, we’re going to say it again…


One employee, in particular, reached out about a trainer he’d been seeing at a martial arts gym called Ground Control Baltimore. He was so impressed with not only the physical results but also the self-reliance he was gaining, that he couldn’t help but share the news with us. We knew we had to meet this trainer. And when we met John Rallo, we immediately understood his effect.

So we partnered with John and his Ground Control team and set out to create a custom-tailored class.  All the while, the voices of our wellness program participants rang clear in our mind. This new class would provide employees a good cardio workout while simultaneously building confidence, composure, and power. John came up with the name EmpowerU, and within a couple of months, we were starting 2018 off with our most successful class launch to date. Yet again, we saw that personalizing a class based off of feedback and wellness goals hit home.

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: encouraging your people to get and stay well, physically, mentally and emotionally DOES benefit your workplace. The obvious pluses include that your employees notice these things, and feel appreciated, cared for, supported. And a good percentage of them express their gratitude in more ways than one. We’ve even seen trends around folks engaged in the wellness program that support important business functions like retention, learning and development, talent acquisition, and even effective management. Stay tuned, and we’ll give you the full story there. It might surprise you.


Daisy Smith

Assistant Director, Communications

"Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

I found myself at 14 West after 18 months of traveling and teaching in Bali, Thailand, and Australia. And now 5 years later, I’ve learned and grown with my team in extraordinary ways. I think that’s due in large part to the fact that I’ve been encouraged to approach my work and explore my potential in the same ways I’ve explored other parts of the world. I’m constantly asking questions, seeing and doing new things. And learning A LOT. I didn’t expect to find an experience like this in “an office back home.”

I love my position at 14 West because I’m invited to take on a diverse range of responsibilities. From running our Wellness Program to brand development and brand marketing to writing, I have a broad range of interests. And my role allows me to develop my skills through work that truly excites me. I have a hard time saying no to new projects, even when I already have a full plate. But when I take on too much, the leaders here are there with the support I need to get the job done. At the same time, I’m given the creative freedom to feel real ownership over my projects, which only motivates me more.

What is one thing you have to do every day in the office? Gotta have my essential oil diffuser going. Five of us share an office and we’re all hooked on the diffuser now, but it’s my job to create the perfect oil cocktail each morning to set the tone for the day. I’m obsessed.