The COVID-19 pandemic posed the biggest challenge to businesses all over the world. Most companies had to either abruptly shut down their services or shift to remote working.
Transitioning to remote working in haste took as much toll on the company’s daily operations as on employees’ wellbeing.
Coordinating effectively in remote working conditions was also a tough job for the workforce. This led to a further rise of obstacles that were the product of ineffective communication in the organization.
To address this problem, Remote Team Wellness took birth. Remote Team Wellness provides various services that help businesses working remotely to maintain effective communication and wellness of their employees.
In the following interview, Tarin Calmeyer, the Co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer, walks us through the successful journey of Remote Team Wellness so far and how its services are helping companies to function better in remote working conditions.
Please brief our audience about your company, its mission, and the key aspects of its stronghold within the health and wellness space.
Remote Team Wellness is a full-service digital wellness agency that helps companies take better care of their teams virtually. As a product of the pandemic, Remote Team Wellness is on a mission to create happier and healthier workplaces by organizing live, virtual experiences for teams that extend far beyond just another Zoom meeting. All our sessions are based around RTW’s five pillars of wellness: Mental Health, Emotional Wellness, Wellness at Work, Team Development, and Corporate Fitness.
Tell us more about your services and solutions which make your company stand out from the competition?
We facilitate incredibly versatile, informative, and engaging live sessions that range from a variety of wellness-focused topics and themes such as Mindfulness and Burnout Prevention to Nutritional and Financial Wellness.
What sets us apart is our bespoke, end-to-end service based on our client’s needs. We pride ourselves on delivering a valuable experience that clients don’t have, including one-time Virtual Events, Monthly Wellness Programs, and In-Person Team Retreats in Mexico. Focusing on corporate wellness initiatives that make employees feel more valued is an excuse to come together as a team.
What is your opinion on the impact of the current pandemic on the global healthcare sector, and what challenges did you face during the initial phase of the pandemic?
The pandemic has had an undeniable and irreversible impact on many aspects of our lives, but there were so many ineffective aspects of global healthcare that needed to be addressed pre-pandemic that have since become glaringly obvious priorities.
In the initial phase of the pandemic, I was most challenged by having my work travel plans disappear overnight and instead face the task of pivoting my whole business. To be completely honest, it actually turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened to my business, but it definitely hasn’t come without struggles, tears, or doubt.
With continuous development in technologies such as AI and big data, what is your prediction about the future of the healthcare sector pertaining to the health and wellness vertical?
I believe that the ways in which we track and measure our wellbeing will see massive advancements in the next 2-5 years, as well as our ability to seek out highly customized solutions for our personal healthcare.
Hopefully, these upgrades will give us more effective solutions to the global mental health pandemic that we continue to face.
As an established leader, what would be your advice to the budding entrepreneurs and enthusiasts aspiring to venture into the health and wellness industry?
While it may come off as slightly cliche, the best advice I have for anyone who is aspiring to do anything is to never give up. Ever. The fact of the matter is that if you continue to pursue the thing that you are passionate about and you choose to see any failure as a redirect rather than an ending, there’s no way you will not be successful. Remember: there is no one size fits all for finding your way in life.
How do you envision scaling your company’s operations and offerings in 2021?
We are adding new sessions and facilitators to our networks every week. Our current priority is working to automate as much of our online operation as possible in order to spend more time giving our customers and sessions as much attention and intention as possible.
We will also be launching in-person team retreats in Mexico next month to further galvanize the bond between remote teams that don’t get to come together often. We are all about building healthy and authentic connections.
About the Leader
Tarin Calmeyer is not only the Chief Wellness Officer and Co-Founder of Remote Team Wellness, but she is also a wellness advocate and coach with a passion for helping her clients realize their true potential.
Tarin has always been very physically active and grew up aspiring to dance professionally, but her wellness journey began when she sustained an ankle injury that halted her dancing career and forced her to slow down and face her biggest fear at the time: her own mind. It was through this experience that Tarin learned the power of mindfulness and meditation and began her journey to become a holistic wellness practitioner.
She completed her yoga teacher training alongside her studies in Osteopathic Medicine and furthered her knowledge of rehabilitative manual therapy and mind mastery. After 12 years of teaching yoga, mindfulness, and integrative wellness around the world, she started Remote Team Wellness to support the thousands of companies shifting to virtual with remote team retreats, and corporate wellness coaching.
Tarin is also a well-established keynote speaker on workplace wellness and remote work-life balance. She splits her time between North America and Johannesburg, South Africa where she is originally from.