Peter Duncan interviewed on workplace wellness by SCMP
HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was featured in Hong Kong's leading newspaper, the South China Morning Post, talking about workplace wellness and the integral role it plays in the HASSELL business strategy and the company's international expansion.
Peter shared how he extended his personal fitness ethos to the practice, putting in dedicated spin cycle stations in the Shanghai studio and providing instructor-led classes for employees to promote a healthy lifestyle. HASSELL also sponsors employees in its Hong Kong and mainland China studios to take part in the Great Wall marathon in Beijing each year.
"I love running in Chinese cities as they change so quickly; being able to explore a city with a morning run is a wonderful way to start the day," he said.
A healthier workplace not only improves productivity and the quality of work at HASSELL, it also encapsulates the company's design philosophy, Peter said. Clients are also increasingly seeing the value of the HASSELL approach.
"Ten years ago, business in China was geared toward indulgent activities such as banquets and karaoke,'' Peter is quoted as saying. "Being recognised and associated with a different path reinforces a point of difference in the culture of our practice, which I think is really important."
"I believe sport and fitness give us a strong sense of balance. Since working in China, I have found that projects are large, complicated and demanding. For me, being fit and healthy makes me more resilient," Peter said.
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