So, how did people spend their wellness day?
Julie Chalmers, HR assistant, had her hair and nails done on the day – and she says she loved it, Connor Stewart spent his with his little girl, celebrating her 10th birthday, while his bottling hall colleague Ruairidh McCormick took time off to watch Scotland in the Euros with friends (at least he started out with the feelgood factor…) Bottling Hall Manager Jonathan Carmichael had a day on the golf course and Kevin Wiggins meanwhile, who looks after bulk supplies in distillery, spent his Wellbeing Day on a family picnic at Claggan Bay. “It was nice to get away,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea and it was nice to do something with the day.” Kevin said his dream day would be showing his beautiful Scottish Black Face Sheep at a show.
What makes the Laddie Crew content?– I asked a few people what was their “happy place” and what a perfect day would look like to them.
Jane Carswell, content manager, would head to London for some bustling city life. “I’d go to the ballet at Covent Garden. Drink martinis and look at all the faces…” whilst others would prefer to be away from people. “I’d go out in the boat for a bit of sea fishing,” said Stillman Neil Gillies, whilst for Senior Guide and Distillery Ambassador Ashley McGregor it would be: “Walking in the middle of nowhere; time alone on a long walk.”
It looks like our animals make us happy – Retail Administrator Karen Cook and Tina MacLeod in the Bottling Hall both said walking the dogs made them feel happy. It’s not just dogs who are a man’s best friend, though. There’s Kevin and his flock of 50 sheep and Arlene MacFadyen from the bottling line said: “I would go to my donkeys,” – they’re just down the road from the distillery on the Rhinns. Fiona Gilbert, Senior Supply Chain Co-ordinator, would be horseriding on Kilchoman beach, followed by a picnic.
Of course food and drink is definitely on the wellbeing list – as is the company of our family, friends and our colleagues. “We’d have a get-together, good craic and a beach barbecue,” said Stewart Young. His warehouse colleagues John Evans, Tony Morrison and Seamus Brown all agreed they’d spend it together doing exactly that.
At the distillery in Islay, 44% of us have family living at home. Warehouse operator Dominic Krauze would be happy spending the day on the beach with his family. Gabriel Toma, Head Bottling Hall Supervisor, said: “I’d do as little as possible, have a long lie-in and then chill in the sun with a nice pint.”
While Gaby was taking it slow, Craig Woodrow, Bottling Hall Assistant Manager, would be in a fast car screaming round a race circuit as his happy place.
Ruaraidh MacKinnon, in the bottling hall, would spend his day playing games – like Dungeons and Dragons – with friends. Andy Ross said he was happy “Anywhere away from here!” but his colleague Colin Morris was a little more specific: “I’d like to be on holiday, somewhere safe.”
From watching the rugby to locking yourself in a hotel room with no phones or laptops, we all find our happiness in different things. So how can wellness be defined?